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.
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The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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