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.
Relay For Life participants took to Shepparton's Princess Park at the weekend to raise funds for the fight against cancer, support those battling the disease and remember those who have lost their fight.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
To celebrate National Children’s Week Campaspe shire is hosting an activities day at Apex Park tomorrow with groups providing interesting activities for babies through to kinder aged children.
Maribeth, Angelica, Faye and Reynaldo Dipasupil have become Australian citizens at a ceremony in Echuca recently.
KCLC supported Southern Processing win award
Members celebrate over the weekend.
Berrigan Shire was this week approved for a low interest loan from the state government to undertake flood mitigation works.
Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
A part of motorsport history comes to Cobram, with local business performing a full restoration of Jack Brabham’s championship F2 BT18.
Sunny skies for Deniliquin Caulfield Cup Day race meet.
NSW has announced an increase in water allocations for Murray and Murrumbidgee irrigators.
Lions Benalla donates $1200 to buy a bar code reader for Lorraine Billman who will soon be able to go shopping without her husband.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.