This National Carers Week Carers NT is urging the community to “Tell Us Your Story”.
With an estimated 30,000 carers in the Northern Territory, nearly everyone knows someone who is a carer or relies on one.
And it is almost inevitable that each of us will be a carer at some stage of our life.
Carers often go unrecognised for the enormous contribution they provide for loved ones, family members and the broader community, Carers NT chief executive Steve Vitone said.
If all carers stopped caring, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that equates to more than $1 billion per weekCarers NT chief executive Steve Vitone
“If all carers stopped caring, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that equates to more than $1 billion per week,” he said.
“National Carers Week is dedicated to supporting carers and educating the community about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.
“We encourage all Territorians to show they care by hosting an event, attending one of our events or going online to “Tell Your Story”.
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“By collating authentic stories of unpaid caring in the Territory and messages of support for carers, we can raise awareness among all Territorians, demonstrate community support and help build a carer-friendly NT.”
National Carers Week is recognised from October 14 to 20 and in the Northern Territory Carers NT hold a range of events to create awareness about who carers are, what they do and how valuable their contribution is to society.
This year in Katherine Carers NT is hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday October 14 at Katherine Aquatic Centre.
For more event information go to: carersnt.asn.au/events/national-carers-week/ and to submit a story head to http://www.carersweek.com.au/tell-us-why-you-care/.