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NDIS enabling 1000 Centacare clients to reach their full potential

Centacare client Zac Kimber and mum and Archbishop Coleridge
Special moment: Zac Kimber and his mum Tanya Kimber were invited to Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s house in New Farm to commemorate National Disability Week. Mr Kimber is a Centacare client accessing the NDIS. Photo: Joe Higgins.

ZAC Kimber is achieving his personal best in all that he does, thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Mr Kimber was one of more than 1000 Centacare clients who transitioned to NDIS since July 2017 and he commemorated the milestone at a social event with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge on September 26.

The event, held at the Archbishop’s house in New Farm, was also timed as a celebration of Disability Action Week. 

There were six clients at the event, including Narelle Willis, Nichole Christie, Chris Revell, Katherine Boulter, Mr Kimber and Alexander Kerr.

Happy event:  Archbishop Coleridge welcomes his guests to the celebration.
Happy event: Archbishop Coleridge welcomes his guests to the celebration.

It was as much a celebration of their achievements as it was of NDIS.

“NDIS has given Zac the opportunity to actually access other supports like speech therapy,” Centacare service delivery manager Helen Eager said.

Ms Eager said he had achieved some great results with his literacy and numeracy, with one big achievement being learning how to write.

“He’s achieved it all,” she said.

“He’s worked really well with our team. 

“We’ve been developing the best relationships and he’s taught us a few things as well.”

Mr Kimber said his time with Centacare and NDIS had been good.

“I’ve gotten a bit better in my reading and everything, which is good,” he said.

Ms Eager said Mr Kimber’s personal achievements weren’t just with literacy either.

He has numerous gold medals from the Special Olympics.

“He’s got a lot of talent and (he’s) really motivated,” Ms Eager said.

Mr Kimber recently participated in a triathlon without support workers for the first time on September 29.

Big step: Narelle Willis was among a group of six Centacare clients attending an event hosted by Archbishop Mark Coleridge at his New Farm residence recently to commemorate the milestone of more than 1000 Centacare clients transitioing to the National Disability Insurance Scheme since the scheme started in July 2017.                                                                             Photos: Joe Higgins
Big step: Narelle Willis was among a group of six Centacare clients attending an event hosted by Archbishop Mark Coleridge at his New Farm residence recently to commemorate the milestone of more than 1000 Centacare clients transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme since July 2017. Photos: Joe Higgins

In his remarks at the social gathering, Archbishop Coleridge said he could not think of a nicer group of people to invite to Wynberg.

“The story of the Church is a huge story, and (this house is) a story of the city of Brisbane in many ways,” he said.

“The Catholic Church is everywhere, we are everywhere for better or worse, usually for better.

“And one of the things we do best is our work (with) those who are less abled, that’s right at the heart of what we’re supposed to be and do. 

“We’re not a corporation seeking to generate profits for our shareholders, we are seeking to serve those who need to be served the most. 

“That’s why the NDIS is so important to us and why all of you who are here today really are very, very important. 

“You’re a precious and unique part of the story that Wynberg has told for a long time.”

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