At the 2016 Sunny's Business Awards, Community Care Options took home a trophy cabinet of awards.
At the 2016 Sunny's Business Awards, Community Care Options took home a trophy cabinet of awards. BRUCE THOMAS

A day for Coffs community to show 'we care'

ACCESSIBLE outdoor event We Care Day, on October 8, is the newest offering from innovative Coffs Harbour based non-profit organisation Community Care Options.

Community Care Options has won a raft of awards for its refreshing approach to assistance and inclusion.

Most recently, it won seven of the 20 categories in the Coffs Coast's Sunny's Business Awards, including the Business of the Year award and the special judges' Young Executive award for CEO Debra Ryan.

Ms Ryan was recently described by a former colleague as vivacious and charismatic.

Community Care Options also took out the Sunny's awards for Employer of Choice; Business Leader of the Year; Excellence in Business Ethics; Community Services and the Achieve Anything Award.

The government-funded, community-based organisation has 175 staff providing personal services for more than 2000 people each year, allowing them to remain independently in their own homes and as members of their communities.

Clients include aged people; carers; those leaving hospital; people with dementia; those with disabilities and financially disadvantaged people in the Nambucca, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour local government areas.

We Care Day will be held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, October 8, at Brelsford Park in Coffs Harbour. Festivities will kick off with a Wheelchair Sports basketball competition hosted by Paralympian Ryley Batt OAM, involving local dignitaries and sports people living with a disability.

The day's headline performance wil be by Australia's Got Talent grand finalist Singer Matt McLaren, who has been blind since birth, while other activities will include a jumping castle, petting zoo, mechanical bull and surfboard rides, as well as face painting and an appearance by Steve the Reptile Man.

Local aged care, health and disability service providers are encouraged to join the day by booking a space in the information hub to promote how they are helping people on the Coffs Coast remain within the community and lead fulfilling lives.

For more details on We Care Day, visit

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