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Autism network finishing up

Thursday, 4th April, 2019

President of the Rural and Remote Autism Network, Stacey Evers. President of the Rural and Remote Autism Network, Stacey Evers.

By Emily McInerney

A local autism network developed to support families will disband at the end of June.

The Rural and Remote Autism Network (RRAN), which originated in 2011 in Wellington, has been run in Broken Hill by president Stacey Evers and her committee.

Ms Evers said the committee had made the decision to call it a day.

“We’re a small committee made up of volunteers, we’re all burnt out.

“We wanted to finish on a high note. We’ve achieved great things and we didn’t want it to get to a point where it wasn’t that way.

“We’ve achieved our objective which was to raise awareness and provide support.”

Ms Evers said they also helped to get resources into schools and helped other organisations.

She said they were now looking to redistribute the resources and money they had raised via ‘mini grants’ to community groups or organisations who wish to conduct activities or projects in line with the RRAN Statement of Objectives.  

Submissions must be received by May 2 via email (admin@rran.org.au).

There will also be a pizza afternoon in Sturt Park on April 7 to celebrate Autism Month. It will be held at 4pm in the playground.

“It will be a final event to thank families for their support,” Ms Evers said.

“I would really like to thank the community for their support of RRAN over the years. John Wren has been a huge supporter along with the South Rotary Club.

“The community has been really great at keeping us afloat, they’ve given us the passion to continue on.”

Ms Evers said she will continue to help families where she can.

“I still want to be involved. We’re seeing some really good changes. Council has brought in their Disability Inclusion Action Plan and have recognised not just physical disabilities but intellectual disabilities.

“I hope that RRAN has had an impact on that.”

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