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Gala dinners to boost Australian athletes preparing for Paris 2024 Paralympics

Gala dinners to boost Australian athletes preparing for Paris 2024 Paralympics
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Australian athletes aiming to compete at next year's Paralympics in Paris are set to secure a major funding boost courtesy of a series of gala events.

The National Disability Leadership Organisation (NDLO), which is the charity arm of Developing Australian Communities, is due to stage three gala dinners.

Businesses are being urged to attend the Disability Staff Recognition Awards in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne after the Developing Australian Communities named Paralympics Australia as this year's funding recipient.

It’s deeply gratifying that Developing Australian Communities and the wider network of disability service providers has chosen to get behind Paralympics Australia in this way,

said Chantel Plum, senior manager of fundraising for Paralympics Australia.

Being associated with the Disability Staff Recognition Awards is appropriate because we at Paralympics Australia are all about offering people with a disability the chance to participate in sport and gain the many positive outcomes that come from it.

From those opportunities emerge athletes who have the talent and commitment to reach elite international level and it’s our job to provide them with the optimal resources and environment so they can prepare and perform at their best and inspire all Australians to live a positive and healthy lifestyle.

Brisbane is due to stage the first gala dinner on March 3, followed by Melbourne on April 21 and Sydney on June 16.

River Night, co-founder of the NDLO, stressed the importance of businesses getting behind Australia’s Para-athletes.

Those Australian Para-athletes training and working hard to represent us on an international stage need support now and every year leading up to each Paralympics," said Night.

We need to see corporate Australia investing and supporting Para-athletes so that they can focus on training and be valued as leaders in our community.

Every sponsor dollar and ticket sale goes towards funds raised for Paralympics Australia.

We must see strong investment in the Galas by corporate Australia so that the funds raised go to support our athletes and reduce venue and events costs.

We have secured a major sponsor for the Brisbane Disability Staff Recognition … and are reaching out to ask corporate Australia to sponsor our events and key areas now in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Australia placed eighth at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics medals table with 21 golds, 29 silvers and 26 bronzes.

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