CARERS in the City of Whittlesea will be celebrated at events next week in recognition of National Carers Week.
The annual celebration, acknowledging the contributions of carers across Australia, takes place from October 15 to 21, with a spotlight on the millions of Australians who provide support and care to loved ones facing challenges.
Former full-time carer to her husband Erika Ciccone, of Mill Park, regularly participated in a City of Whittlesea-run carers group, which she said helped her become the person she was today.
When the group finished, Ms Ciccone established her own group, Connecting Carers in South Morang.
Ms Ciccone said she looked forward to the upcoming Carers Week and wanted to remind carers the importance of self-care and to connect with others.
“It’s important to meet people going through the same things you are, so you can know you’re not alone,” she said.
City of Whittlesea’s chair administrator Lydia Wilson expressed her admiration for Ms Ciccone’s dedication and leadership.
“Erika’s commitment to supporting carers in our community is truly commendable,” she said.
“Her selfless advocacy and establishment of the Connecting Carers Group play a crucial role in providing a sense of community and empowerment for carers in the City of Whittlesea.
“National Carers Week is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the tireless efforts of carers like Erika and to raise awareness about the challenges they face daily.
“The City of Whittlesea is dedicated to fostering a supportive and inclusive community that values and supports its carers.”
For more information about National Carers Week events in the City of Whittlesea, visit whittlesea.vic.gov.au/carersweek.