CASS Belfield Disability Day Centre Funded Under CBP Program
It was a very special afternoon for CASS yesterday on 10 December 2020 when the State Opposition Leader, MS Jodi McKay MP, and the State Member for Canterbury, MS Sophie Cotsis MP, together visited the CASS Respite Day Centre for people with disability in Campsie. They handed over a cheque of $18,500 to CASS, the funding under the 2020 NSW Community Building Partnership (CBP) Program announced recently which CASS applied and supported by Ms Cotsis, to partially aid CASS in upgrading the facility of a Day Centre in Belfield for people with disability.
three key members of the CASS Board, namely Dr Bo Zhou, Chairperson, Mr Anthony Pang, Deputy Chairperson/Secretary and Mr Henry Pan OAM, Honorary Executive Director were present to welcome the two special guests. There were also participants of CASS Disability Services and also some CASS senior staff members on site to greet the two guests.
In welcoming the guests, Dr Zhou said, “CASS has been serving the CALD community for nearly 40 years, providing a comprehensive range of community services. As a registered service provider of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), our team has been providing individual support, support coordination, plan management, specialist disability accommodation and day program to people with disability. With the financial support provided under the 2020 CBP Program, the existing CASS Day Program Centre in Belfield will be renovated with the installation of a disable toilet, which will enhance the activity environment for skill learning, safety and security of participants. More people with disability living nearby will benefit.”
Ms Cotsis was pleased to know the funding of $18,500, which had her support when CASS made the application would help installing of an accessible toilet for the Centre enhancing the provision of services to people with disability. She also expressed her appreciation on the work CASS had done for the community over the years especially during the challenging time of COVID-19, in which CASS continued providing support and services to many elderly people in the community.
Ms McKay said she was very pleased to visit CASS together with Ms Cotsis to present the cheque for a very worthy project for people with disability. She remarked that before the pandemic, she often visited the Burwood Activity Group and Ashfield Dance Group of CASS at festive times to rejoice with participants of the two Groups. She sincerely wished CASS all the best for the coming 40th Anniversary.
A cheque presentation was then held where Ms Cotsis handed the cheque to Dr Zhou in the presence of Ms McKay.
Following the presentation, Dr Zhou thanked Ms McKay and Ms Cotsis specifically coming to CASS to present the cheque. He profoundly appreciated the support and assistance provided by Ms Cotsis for the project.