Letter from Alex Jones, Chair, ADG Organising Committee
Source: The Border Mail
Author: Alex Jones
Published: February 18 2018
I hold in my heart fond memories of your generosity, compassion and commitment to help us to deliver the best Australian Deaf Games ever.
Thanks to many of you for coming to Deaf Awareness Training and even some of you who sacrificed your time to learn Auslan (Australian Sign Language) with your local Deaf guru, Will Taffe.
Recently, I visited a café in my hometown after the Games and the lack of this retailer’s ability to communicate or gesture with me when I did not understand struck me how indebted I am of your willingness and dedication.
The community who worked hard to transform Albury-Wodonga into Deaf friendly cities will not be forgotten.
THANK YOU: Australian Deaf Games organising committee chair Alex Jones has written an open letter to the communities of Albury-Wodonga thanking them as host.
The support from the venues exceeded our expectations and every day was met with glowing smiles.
Accessible venues at galleries, libraries and many more demonstrated that it is not just about “hosting” the Games but creating an all-inclusive city for everyone from all walks of life to visit.
The success of these Australian Deaf Games is proof of the great extent of your commitment, is something to be very proud of, and other big cities have a lot to learn from you.
Thank you for making a difference. Thank you for believing in the Games. Thank you for welcoming us with open arms, smiles, laughter and to many of you for being a volunteer at the Games.
I hope to see you all again very soon as do all my friends.