THIS week, the 2.7 million unpaid carers in the country will be recognised and celebrated as part of National Carers Week.

National Carers week helps raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face, and recognise the vital contribution they make to families and communities throughout Australia.

This years theme, Why We Care is designed to encourage all Australians to share their stories, and raise community awareness about the diversity of carers and their roles.

The Roma and South West regional office will this week host several local events bringing together local carers and other community organisations to celebrate carers and what they do.

Team leader, Tania Hubbard, said the week provided an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of the occupation.

"One in every eight Australians is a carer. The chances are you personally are a carer, need a carer or know a carer," she said.

"Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities and our national economy. National Carers Week celebrates carers but it's also the best time for the broader community to get involved, shoe their appreciation for carers and learn more about them."

There will be a free event on Friday night at the RSL Hall from 6pm to celebrate the carers of the region. All are welcome to attend.

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