‘International Day of People with Disability’ Celebration

Press Release – The Cube

For Immediate

‘International Day of People
with Disability’ Celebration with the Cube

A joint venture between nine
disability service providers is using the International Day
of People with Disability celebrate their close
collaboration. The Cube seeks to streamline the experience
of young people with disabilities looking for opportunities
in Auckland. The group is hopeful that the aggregated model
might be replicable across the country.

To celebrate the
day and the collaboration, the Cube’s organising an
‘epic’ day of experiences across the city, from a
climbing wall on the Waterfront to a ‘dance off’ and
even a flashmob run around Britomart.

27 year old Jade
Farrar works with the Youth Engagement Group at the heart of
the new initiative.

“I believe in the abilities of young
disabled people,” said Farrar. “It’s time for change
and it’s time for things to be done a little

Under the existing model, numerous
activities and opportunities for disabled youths operate
independently without coordination or synchronized planning.
The founders of the Cube say they would like to bring all
the activities under one umbrella to make it easier for

“The vision for The Cube for me would be that a
kid can just go to The Cube and it would be 100 times easier
than how I had to find out about everything,” said 19 year
old Josh Fuimaono.

The Cube brings together the networks
and efforts of Voyager, Achilles, Unique Families, ACE,
Touch Compass, Carabiner, Star Jam, PHAB and Sensational
Siblings. The founders of the project hope that the fusion
will make it easier for fundraising and media

Cam Calkoen from YES Disability says it’s all
about increasing the efficiency of the smaller

“We are all charitable
organisations,” says Calkoen. “We don’t have massive
budgets for exposure, yet if we work together, surely we can
start pooling resources, which, for one, will lead to
increased databases.”

Jamie Masters is the Youth
Engagement Group Coordinator that has been driving the
formation of the ‘disability super-group’. She says the
Cube expands the reach of these initiatives and allows for
the disabled youth voice to be heard.

“I’m really
passionate about working with youth,” said Masters.
“I’m so passionate for them to have a voice and for them
to have full participation and actually get where they want
to be.”

Despite the opportunity to recognize people with
disabilities, 24 year old Morgaina Matthias from Henderson
says the label can be limiting.

“There are no
disabilities; there are all abilities,” said Matthais.
“People can do anything they put their minds to.”

Cube will synchronize all nine groups with combined
marketing, organised events and fundraising efforts.

According to the Disabled Persons Assembly, one in five
New Zealanders lives with a disability. Calkoen says
numbers like that make this a mainstream issue that affects



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