Western Australia

Promoting the rights of people with disability, who require a companion, to fair ticketing at events and venues

Kath Winter

A calendar pinned on Kath Winter’s fridge bears testament to her busy social life: neatly listed are all the concerts, festivals, gigs, musicals and films she’ll be attending in the next few months.

In fact, she’s so busy that entertainment promoters even include her on their ‘early bird’ mailing lists for valued customers.

The Hamilton Hill resident, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 13, says her enviably full diary is thanks to her Companion Card. She first heard about the program when she moved to WA from NSW six years ago and signed up shortly after.

“I was feeling a bit of cabin-fever just staying at home because when I was on my feet I was an up-and-about type of person,” she says.

“I love live music and musicals the best. I try to get to most things. I wanted to go to Oprah but I had so many other events on, it kind of snuck up on me and I missed it,” she laughs.