We had our say at a national event

March 09, 2018

Rikki Parson-Gregson, Hannah Hunt and Michelle McCaffery. Photo by Luke Hemer.

THREE local women have experienced what it’s like to have a say.

Rikki Parson-Gregson, Hannah Hunt and Michelle McCaffery attended the largest conference for people with disabilities in Australia, Having a say, recently.

The inaugural conference was held in 2000 in Maryborough with almost 190 people in attendance.

This year’s conference was in Geelong in February and more than 1000 people from across Australia and the international community attended.

It was a place where Michelle, Rikki and Hannah were able to find their voice.

‘‘They talk about different disabilities and they help people,’’ Hannah said.

‘‘It was my first long trip but I really enjoyed it.’’

As part of the conference the girls had to make some goals and dreams.

‘‘Mine was to go on a holiday to the Gold Coast,’’ Hannah said.

‘‘Mine is to get a new sharing house and live it up again,’’ Michelle said.

‘‘And mine was to learn how to do make-up properly,’’ Rikki said.

Michelle, the veteran of the group, has been to the conference three or four times.

‘‘I always learn something new,’’ she said.

‘‘This year I learnt how to write in calligraphy. I wrote about a koala in the Kyabram Fauna Park.’’

For Rikki, it was her first time to the conference, and she said she enjoyed every part of it.

‘‘My favourite was the disco night we had,’’ she said.

‘‘You just have to give it a go and meet new people.’’

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