This annual event is one of the highlights of the King’s Community Service calendar. With an entertaining DJ, food, dancing and spot prizes, it is a fantastic night for everyone.
Rosemary Carrington, King's College Community Service Coordinator, says the event is enjoyed by not only the IHC community, but also the King's students who help to make the evening a success.
“The IHC Social, in my eyes, is the highlight of the year - it is an occasion where we can continue to build a positive relationship with the South Auckland community and provide them with an occasion to mix socially with others in their community,” says Carrington.
A Year 12 committee organises the entire social, from food and drinks, through to name tags, decorations and photography.
King's Assistant Chaplain Onosai Auva'a says it’s a wonderful way for everyone to get together.
“It is an evening where we can step out of our comfort zones and come into a safe environment where we can express our God-given talent, joy, happiness and love,” says Auva'a.
This is the ninth social that has been held and each and every year positive feedback is received from IDEA Services.
“The IHC community talk about the event for months, with many asking if the social is happening next year and what the theme will be so they can start organising their costumes,” says Carrington.
“My favourite part of the evening by far was when everyone in the room got up and formed a conga line and weaved their way through the Great Hall.”
King’s College is a proud supporter of IHC New Zealand, whose mission is to advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.