Spanish carers give ole-hearted support

DONNING afro wigs, head scarves, flares and platform shoes, the Fairfield Spanish Carers Support Group celebrated National Carers Week at their Back to the 70s Fiesta.

Fairfield MP Guy Zangari thanked the 24 people for their contributions and presented a NSW Local Carers Award to the group at Bonnyrigg Community Centre on Monday.

Group leader Blanca Espinoza said the week, October 14-20, allowed carers to "feel free".

"There's a stigma attached to the idea of being a carer, especially in the Spanish community," she said.

"They feel fear and ashamed because the work isn't easy. But they shouldn't hide it."

Mr Zangari said the week gave carers the recognition they deserved.

"Carers often need support, as they hardly have any time for themselves," he said.

"They are so inspiring and I think they are the angels of our community."

Most carers from the Fairfield group are volunteers and help those with a mental illness, Ms Espinoza said.

The week raises awareness of the 2.6 million unpaid carers in Australia.

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