All the Little Things That Make Life Big

Connor Wink

As restrictions lift and we get our first whiff of real freedom, everyone is excited about the possibilities. The Hunter Disability Expo, a COVID-safe event taking place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May at the Newcastle Racecourse Broadmeadow, is a great place to choose your next adventure and get back on the path to living life to the max.

We are excited to have Connor Wink as our Ambassador for the 2022 Just Live! Hunter Disability Expo, singing his hits and sharing his journey with us – main stage, Friday 13th May, from 11am.

Between 2014 – 2019 Connor has featured regularly on the Starstruck entertainment event in Newcastle and raised tens of thousands of dollars for Variety the children’s charity with busking and other fundraising activities.

He had found his place as an artist. In 2020 Connor was a grand finalist in Newcastle Live (Newcastle’s Got Talent program) and been busy recording new songs for release.

When Connor was two years old, he was playing songs that he had heard and liked on his toy piano. His parents realised that the ability to play by ear was a great gift and encouraged his playing. Later, when he was six, they set out to find a piano teacher to work with him.

By the time he stopped classical training, he had reached Grade 3. During this time, Connor transitioned successfully to singing, due to his ability to memorise lyrics and music combined with his acute hearing, pitch. and unique voice. For a short time, Connor dabbled with the guitar; but later, he discovered the ukulele.

He had found his place as an artist.

His biggest musical influences have been the Bee Gees and Cher. He was fortunate enough to meet Cher back stage in Las Vegas in 2010, and she was gracious enough to listen to him sing. Cher also gave Connor some advice that assisted him with his audition for the performing arts high school that he has now graduated. Connor got to meet Cher again backstage at Newcastle Entertainment Centre in 2018. Connor has also been fortunate to meet a number of other great solo artists, including Marcia Hines, John Paul Young, Glenn Shorrock and Rick Price and the latter three Connor has performed for.

Connor has been blessed with the presence of many amazing people in his life as well as the support of his local community.

As the lead character in your own story, we understand your need to take charge. Hence, we present you with over 150 exhibitors with products and services that will greatly enrich your life, harmonise with your interests and requirements, and maximise your personal wellbeing.

All in one place, the Just Live! Hunter Disability Expo provides opportunities to window shop for ideas, gather information, and get a feel for the latest innovative programs, services, aids, disability equipment and technologies designed to enhance your life. Once again, you can ask questions in a face to face, unhurried environment, and enjoy the vibrant, friendly atmosphere, and all-abilities entertainment over the two-day event. We guarantee that you will leave feeling excited and feeling greater clarity and optimism about writing your own story again.

“Expo allows us to get access to really quality information and services so people can lead their life in whatever shape they choose,” says the parent of one attendee.

“When NDIS was first launched, people used to come to Expo feeling understandably nervous about how to utilise their funding to enhance their lives in meaningful and practical ways,” says spokesperson for Just Live! Hunter Disability Expo, Kathryn Carey. “Now, they understand how it works and take full advantage of the event to take charge of their future.”

Contact us to register and jump the entry queue at the Hunter Disability Expo, a FREE, COVID-safe event. Check out our list of exhibitors, parking and access information, and download the free Whova app for stress-free event navigation.

Come and see, feel, touch, and road-test equipment, products, and aids. Speak to the service providers and advocates so that you get a complete understanding of the possibilities. Are you hungry to choose your own adventure this year? If so, we’ll see you soon.