Talent show marks important milestone

The Pakenham performers rehearse their show. Picture: SUPPLIED

Celebrating 70 years of supporting people with disability, Afford (Australian Foundation for Disability) will host its popular Afford’s Got Talent event online this year, with music superstar and TV personality Tanya George joining as co-host of the 1950s themed extravaganza.

On Thursday 28 October, Afford Day Programs participants, Supported Accommodation residents, Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) supported employees, and SLES trainees from across the country will jump online to showcase their singing, dancing, and performance talents.

The staging of Afford’s Got Talent is set to deliver a positive lift for wellbeing following months of Covid-related disruptions.

Tanya George’s music has inspired and entertained many Afford participants with her blend of soul, jazz, and pop vocals.

Her messages of breaking down barriers and being who you want to be, resonate with people of all abilities.

As co-host of the virtual Afford’s Got Talent event this year, Tanya will perform her self-produced single ‘Welcome’, which featured as part of the Melbourne Music Week and Metro Tunnel Project’s Home Made Sound initiative.

Throughout the event, Tanya will introduce performers and facilitate entertaining activities for attendees.

In addition, Tanya will lead all Afford’s Got Talent participants in a sing-along as the finale for the landmark event.

Afford’s Got Talent encourages social connection and self-expression and comes at a time when Covid-related lockdowns and restrictions have challenged the mental wellbeing of many people with disability.

“This year marks a milestone for Afford as we celebrate 70 years supporting Australians living with disability,” said Cristina Alvarez, national executive manager of events, business development and specialist services at Afford.

“The past 12 months have been challenging with disruptions to community activities, events and everyday routines.

“However, this year’s Afford’s Got Talent online showcase gives everyone the chance to participate from their Day Program or their living room, and no matter how Covid may impact their community.

“By hosting Afford’s Got Talent, we are humbled to play a small but important role in supporting the wellbeing of the unique individuals that make up Afford’s community and provide choice and opportunity for every person to get involved in the things they love.”

Now in its 70th year, Afford is proud to be delivering meaningful services and supports across NSW, QLD, VIC, SA and WA for more than 6000 people with disability and their families every day.

Afford’s Got Talent will showcase a range of performances this year with participants coming from all over the country, including Pakenham.

For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673.