MEDIA RELEASE - Join us in celebrating our community of carers

Sutherland Shire Council is set to celebrate the contribution of local carers once again, joining with a host of leading community service organisations for the eagerly anticipated annual Carers Morning Tea.

This National Carers Week event will provide local carers with an opportunity to come together, enjoy a complimentary morning tea and build connections with others who provide care for those in need. Attendees, will be treated to a delightful morning tea, pamper packs to indulge in relaxation, entertainment, and free massages to help them unwind. Whether caring for a loved one with a disability, managing a long-term health condition, or supporting a senior family member, you are warmly welcome to join.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said that the popular event is a great way to acknowledge the contribution carers make to the local community.

“I am delighted to invite local carers to this special morning tea, which not only offers some welcome respite to those who provide care for others within our community, but also provides a morning of wonderful entertainment and the chance to build connections with others who perform this vital role,” Mayor Pesce said.

“Carers truly are the unsung heroes of our community, and our annual Carers Morning Tea is a great opportunity for us to express our sincere gratitude for the work they do in supporting vulnerable members of our community. Often people caring for a loved one or child do not identify themselves as a carer which is why Council wants to shine a light on everyone that freely gives their time to take care of those in need of support.

“We want to thank our local network of carers for the selfless work they undertake, and I urge anyone who volunteers their time and energy as a carer to get involved in this wonderful event.”

According to Census data, a remarkable 12.2% of Sutherland Shire's population – an estimated 22,896 local residents – provide unpaid assistance to seniors and individuals with disabilities or health conditions. This surpasses the NSW average of 11.5%, highlighting the exceptional culture of care within the Sutherland Shire.

The Carers Morning Tea provides a vital way for the community to give back to these individuals, made possible through collaborative efforts between Council and several respected community organisations. Partners include Carer Gateway – Benevolent Society, Orana Disability Support Services, the Healthy Aging Hub, Gymea Community Aid and Information Services, and Stride. All of whom contribute to supporting local residents in need, including carers and their families.

Carers interested in attending who need to arrange support for a family member, friend or other, can contact the fantastic local support services that have partnered with us on this event to find out more about how they can help

Tickets are limited so anyone interested is encouraged to register online and automatically enter the draw to win fabulous lucky door prizes. Please visit Carers Week Morning Tea tickets.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, 18 October

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Gymea Tradies