Star of reality show The Voice Rachael Leahcar performed at last night's awards in Canberra. Photo: Melissa Adams
Vision impaired singer Rachael Leahcar, who placed third in talent show The Voice, last night shared her striking sound with people being honoured for their work to improve the lives of those living with a disability.
The 18 year old was performing at the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, a gala event designed to celebrate organisations and individuals that have championed the inclusion of Canberrans with a disability.
The young singer, who captivated audiences during her performances on the television talent show, has only 10 per cent of her vision left, due to the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa.
Ms Leahcar only finished touring with her mentor, Australian pop songstress Delta Goodrem, last month, and released her debut album earlier this year.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher presented the inclusion awards across 10 categories, from a pool of 55 nominations.
The 2012 Award for Excellence was awarded to a two-person organisation named the ACT Social Enterprise Hub, whose partnerships with businesses to foster disability inclusion were described as ‘‘truly innovative’’ and showed ‘‘high levels of commitment and dedication to inclusion across the capital’’.
The Social Enterprise Hub also took out the award for Innovation in Inclusion, for helping to create long-term employment opportunities for those who were excluded from the labour market.
Canberra Theatre Centre, St Edmunds College, Lord’s Taverners Association, National Mailing and Marketing, the Belconnen Arts Centre, Novotel Canberra, and social inclusion advocate Louise Bannister were all honoured for their contribution to disability inclusion.