People were rallying in support of Disability Matters Vote at the corner of Highway 12 and Main Street in Steinbach from 11am-1pm today.
Alana Grenier with the Trailblazers says the point of the rally was to raise awareness and have their voices heard.
“We want to make sure our politicians know and hear that disabilities do matter, that we do exist, and that we do have concerns that we want to be heard.”
Disability Matters Vote is a public awareness campaign with three main goals.
Their goals are to ensure all Manitobans with disabilities can participate in election activities and those who are eligible to vote can do so, to promote priority attention for disability issues in the provincial election, and to support Manitobans in making informed voting decisions.
A large group of people showed up to hold their signs and bring attention to the issues. Many vehicles driving by were also heard honking in support of the rally.
“It’s good to know we’ve got people backing us up and supporting us, we just hope that the politicians can hear it.”
Sue Lachay with enVision was at the rally as well, and says it was a great way to get people together in support of the cause.
“We are trying to bring awareness to people living with disabilities, and with the election coming up how things affect them and how they need to have a voice and they need to be heard. So this is the best way we found to be able to come together with people we support to show our support.”
Lachay says it was uplifting to see the large amount of support from the community.
“I am so impressed, everybody is thrilled out hear. Every time we get a honk it lifts our spirits even higher, and know that people are seeing us and we’re getting the community’s support, it makes it feel like everybody is doing something that matters.”
A took place in Steinbach today at the corner of Main and Brandt in support of Disability Matters Vote.♬ original sound - SteinbachOnline
With files from Carly Koop
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