Seena Inc organised its yearly event, Accessibility FunFest 2022 to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) in Sydney on Saturday 3 December at Cuckoo Park, Plough & Harrow East, Western Sydney Parklands at Abbotsbury with this year’s theme being “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”.

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is held yearly on 3 December after it was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.

The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

Accessibility FunFest is held for people with disabilities, their families, carers, support workers or whoever wishes to join to participate in all accessibility games, activities, fashion parade, henna, face painting, park rides and free lunch. 

Accessibility FunFest 2022 was supported by Multicultural NSW and AMUST and  had almost 100 people registered, most of them turning up to enjoy a bright sunny day at an accessible venue and plenty of parking.

Mrs Mehar Ahmad, Seena President welcomed and thanked everyone all participants, community leaders and politicians for Joining the event to celebrate IDPD saying, “Today is the actual Day of the international Day of people with disabilities and we are here to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities.”

“Our message is that we are one and we all belong. This is a day to celebrate and have fun, to promote accessibility and inclusivity and we are sure that the future is going to be accessible for everyone where we need to focus on people’s disabilities and at the same time we must celebrate their abilities as well,” she announced. 

It was a beautiful day and people enjoyed the sunshine and the natural surroundings  at the park. 

There was entertainment for everyone. At the henna stall, people loved to decorate their hands with beautiful patterns by the talented artist.

Mostly children were attracted to the face painting stall where the face painting artists were very creative and they adorned children’s face with butterfly, Spiderman or whatever children wanted their face to be painted as. 

There was a colouring/drawing stall where people coloured using stencils or played games such as connect four etc.

Some people who were in the park enjoying their own BBQ  with their families who instantly joined the FunFest and were warmly welcomed.

There was scrumptious lunch provided and also catered for vegetarians as well.  Bread rolls, roast chicken, chick peas curry hummus, tortilla and salad were included.

The free lunch for everybody was followed by musical performance by Zaffet Afraah with their drumming and everyone throughly enjoyed dancing to the drum beat. 

People who wore on the wheelchair got up with the support of their support worker and danced to the drumbeat. It was an ecstatic moment seeing smiles on everyone’s faces 

To wrap up the event a cake, with Happy IDPD  written on it was cut to celebrate International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

There was a lot of positive feedback from the participant and request to include some sorts of rides for the participants, such dodgem car or other rides where disabled people can also have fun on the various rides that are suitable for them.

The feedback and advise will be incorporated for FunFest 2023 next year.

The FunFest indeed proved to be an extremely inclusive event participated by a diverse range of people from different cultural backgrounds, ages, faiths, abilities and interests who were all catered for very well.