Shining light on disability

DAZZLING DISPLAY: Leapfrog CEO Bruce Mulligan and Leapfrog Chairperson Liz Nicol join local V8 Supercar driver Aaren Russell at the official opening of the Carrington Grain Silo lights display.The Newcastle Harbour night sky now looks even more spectacular as the Carrington Grain Silos shines iridescent blue and orange, representing equality, harmony, accessibility and diversity in celebration of the upcoming International Day of People with Disability on December 2.
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Local disability services provider Leapfrog Ability and GrainCorp have teamed together again to create the display, in a unanimous show of support for people living with disability.

“There are an enormous number of people and organisations across the Hunter who stand firmly behind the principles of equity and accessibility,” Leapfrog CEO Bruce Mulligan said.

“The Carrington light display is about opening up conversations around how we, as individuals and as a community, can embrace our fellow members living with disability with dignity and respect.”

And there was no better opportunity than last Wednesday night to flick the light switch as Newcastle buzzed with excitement in the lead-up to theV8 Supercars Newcastle 500.

Supercar racing identity and proud Novocastrian Aaren Russell took time out of his hectic pre-race schedule to attend the lighting, bringing further attention to this important Day celebrated internationally as a means to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

Such being the story behind the co-owner of the team Aaren now races for, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

Former racer Lucas Dumbrell remains the youngest team owner in the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

At the tender age of 19, he made history and established the team after an accident in a Formula Ford at Oran Park in late 2008 left him a quadriplegic and stripped him of his lifelong dream of competing in V8 Supercars as a driver. Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport raced two Holdens last weekend.

International Day of People with Disability is December 2. The Carrington Grain Silos can be seen from many vantage points along the Newcastle Harbour and will remain lit until December 7.

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