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Soul Fly Buddies Blog - Stavros

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

"I've been part of the program from the beginning….”

Each and every month we bring you news and views from buddies who make up our user-led team the Soul Fly Buddies

Today it’s the turn of Stavros (below), who recently spoke at our 7th birthday. Below is a copy of his speech.

“Hi there all you legends, welcome to the 7th Gig Buddies birthday party.

I would like to tell you a little bit about my experience with the program. I've been part of the program from the beginning. My first gig buddy was Jess and she is a great friend to me. We went to a lot of gigs together like our first gig, Clutch at Metro Theatre Sydney. After that we went to see Iron Maiden with the Raven Age at QUDOS Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park, then Cavalera Conspiracy with Skindred at the big top Luna Park Sydney. We also saw Sepultura with Death Angel at the Metro Theatre Sydney as well.

I was invited to Jess and Nick’s Wedding in Bulli, and we were on the ABC 7:30 Report to talk about the Gig Buddies project. (We also spoke about) going to many different gigs, being part of the wider community, and having a say on how we want to live our lives.

I also went to Tasmania to present a paper with a (Soul Fly Buddies) colleague of mine and the (project) CEO, Carol at the International Conference of People with Disabilities. It was great.

Now I have a new gig buddy named Rodrigo. We met at my house for the first time and we had a great first outing at the Maton Guitar Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. It was a great exhibition. We have done a lot of other fun things as well.”

- Stavros, gig buddy and Soul Fly Buddies member


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