Community Living and Respite Services celebrated World Down Syndrome Day and Harmony Day on FridayJESS CRAIG March 24, 2014 4:10am
A sense of belonging, no matter who you are or where you come from, was promoted at Community Living and Respite Service’s Harmony Day event.
The day, at Number 4, coincided with World Down Syndrome Day.
Guest speakers Roopesh Ravindradas and Anne Arnold were well received by the crowd, their individual stories touching those who gathered.
Mr Ravindradas arrived in Australia from India seven years ago and said without the support of an Australian man, he would have found it even more challenging.
‘‘I can never give anything back to that man, but he showed me that harmony is not about one person or one country, it’s about the people you meet,’’ Mr Ravindradas said.
‘‘There were many positives and negatives about leaving India and it was certainly a challenge, but people have shown that they accept me and that has increased my self-esteem.’’
He provided insight in to the cultural differences between India and Australia, speaking about his arranged marriage, which was organised by his parents.
‘‘We’ve been married now for five years,’’ Mr Ravindradas said with a smile.
Mr Ravindradas has worked with CLRS for six months.
Mrs Arnold spoke about her daughter Sheree being born with Down Syndrome, the challenges she has faced and her many achievements.
‘‘Sheree has never let her disability stop her from doing anything,’’ Mrs Arnold said.
‘‘It’s important that those with a disability are seen as ordinary people first, and their disability comes second.’’
Sheree was Echuca’s first Special Olympics athlete and lives independently, with some support.
Community Living and Respite Services chief executive Suzanna Barry said it was important to mark World Down Syndrome Day and Harmony Day, as both recognised the importance of acceptance and belonging.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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