The Bendigo community is coming together once again on Friday to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.
The free outdoor event will take place at Lake Weeroona from 11am to 2pm and will feature stalls, live entertainment and activities for young and old.
Run entirely online the past two years, organisers are relishing in the opportunity to once again be out and about in the community.
SportzRulz Australia director and event organiser Pam Dawkins says the day has something for everyone.
"We've got 24 stallholders people can talk to about different organisations and support services available to people with disabilities," she said.
"We also have an art exhibition of local artists who are in programs throughout Bendigo."
Also present on the day will be Sailability - an inclusive sailing program catering for people with disabilities - as well as the Albion Lyons Cricket Club, the Fida Suns Football Club and the Maiden Gully Lions - an all abilities football club.
"It's such an important opportunity to demonstrate to everyone that there are lots of things in Bendigo they can get involved in that are accessible and inclusive to everyone," said Ms Dawkins.
Speaking at the event will also be local disability ambassadors Nick Fitzpatrick and Jedd Manton.
Mr. Fitzpatrick said people with disabilities were overly impacted by the pandemic.
"It's been fairly difficult on people with disabilities, mentally and physically," he said.
"They need outlets and support systems."
Jedd Manton said he's delighted at the opportunity to show people things are opening back up.
Being involved in local communities is so important to the wellbeing of people with disabilities- Jedd Manton
"Some people really struggled in Bendigo, particularly people who were living in accommodation and those who had respiratory issues," said Ms Dawkins.
However, once restrictions began easing, many people with disabilities were fearful about re-entering the community.
"(In) every other part of our community - doesn't matter whether you have a disability or not - there are these concerns about how we're going to look now we're out of the pandemic," said Ms Dawkins.
"This is our way of saying 'Hey! It's okay, we can now start getting back into our normal lives, how would you like it to look? Come and have a look and come and find out what's available and open to get involved in'."
The event is outdoors, open to vaccinated and non vaccinated patrons and will have a mandatory QR code check-in.
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