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Gerrard Gosens is 2018 Patron for International Day of People with Disability.
Brisbane, QLD. -
Assistant Minister for Social and Disability Services Jane Prentice announced MAX Solutions Business Development Manager Gerrard Gosens OAM as the 2018 Patron for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
Born with a congenital eyesight condition, Mr Gosens is a passionate advocate for people with disability. As three time paralympian, Ironman, chocolate shop owner and Dancing with the Stars contestant, he has proved time and time again that nothing is impossible.
Mrs Prentice said Mr Gosens was the ideal choice of Patron.
“Mr Gosens is an inspirational man who has not let anything stop him from accomplishing what he wanted in life,” Mrs Prentice said.
“I know that Mr Gosens will bring the same passion to this significant appointment.
The Patron is tasked with the important role of raising awareness of disability issues, as well as promoting and participating in activities leading up to International Day of People with Disability, which is held on 3 December each year.”
Mr Gosens presented awards to the winners of the 2018 Queensland Wheelchair Open at the Queensland Tennis Centre in his capacity as the 2018 Patron. Mr Gosens said that he was excited and honoured to be selected.
"Throughout my life I was told, like many other people with disability, that things I wanted to achieve were impossible. But I haven’t let that stop me from going after what I wanted, and overcoming obstacles to achieve my goals,” Mr Gosens said.
“Being Patron for International Day of People with Disability is a great opportunity to educate everyday Australians on how much people with disability can achieve when they are given the chance.”
As Business Development Manager at MAX Solutions, Mr Gosens is thrilled that MAX can provide more opportunity to people with disability, delivering Disability Employment Services (DES) in 55 regions across Australia as of July 1 2018.
"By extending our services to 15 new areas we can seek valuable thoughts and feedback on the services that are provided to people with disability," Mr Gosens said.
"With services available in more areas, more of our DES customers have a pathway to employment."
Mr Gosens also manages MAX Foundation, MAX Solutions charitable arm funded by the generous donations of staff. MAX Foundation donated $49,000 to 14 local organisations in 2017.
To find out more about International Day of People with Disability go to www.idpwd.com.au or call 1800 440 385. TTY users please call 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385.
Key Facts and Figures
MAX Solutions Business Development Manager Gerrard Gosens OAM is the 2018 Patron for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
Born with a congenital eyesight condition, Mr Gosens is a passionate advocate for people with disability.
Gerrard Gosens is proud to work for Disability Employment Service (DES) provider MAX Solutions who is providing more opportunity for people with disability with services available in 55 regions across Australia as of July 1 2018.
MAX Solutions is a national organisation that delivers employment, health and training services, best known for its work as the employment service provider, MAX Employment. Since opening in 2002, MAX Solutions has offered proven solutions to support individuals, business and the Australian Government achieve outcomes that benefit the community. Operating from more than 250 locations, MAX Solutions is an industry leader focused on innovation for improved performance and results giving Every Person. Every Chance.
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