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August 2021 Edition
Kia ora koutou

Welcome to this edition of the WDSA newsletter. I hope you didn't miss us too much last month - for current news and happenings within our community, make sure you follow us on Facebook too.

In this edition:

As always please get in touch at committee@wdsa.co.nz if you have suggestions or ideas.
The AGM took place on 19 June and we were delighted to have Nathan Mudge and Michiel Van Echten from The Up Down Project (the company behind Circa's hit play Up Down Girl) speaking about Down syndrome and the creative arts.

James Webber, Deborah Jones and Andrew Bulled all stepped down from the committee at the AGM - many thanks to you all for the hours you've put in to keep this engine humming, you will be missed.

Deborah will continue to be the new parent liaison for Wellington Central.

The new committee voted in comprises some familiar faces and a few new ones:

Blair Griffiths, Chair
Amanda Morton, Treasurer
Laura North, Secretary
Bridie Allen, NZDSA Rep / Wairarapa New Parent Liaison
Ruth Coard, Fundraising / Hutt Valley New Parent Liaison
Selena Hurndell Bulled, Communications

You'll have the opportunity to meet the committee over the coming months in this newsletter.

We've also set up a Friends of the WDSA Facebook page for those who would like to be involved in helping out on a more casual basis.
A reminder that Capital & Coast DHB are running accessible vaccination events for everyone who has a disability, impairment or long term health condition (and their caregivers).

CCDHB understand the challenges our community faces and are committed to making sure the experience is as smooth as possible (we know it's rarely going to be easy!). Don't hesitate to get in touch with Nicola Clements, Disability Events Lead, if you have any queries.

More details are available in the Special Update sent out earlier this week.
I'm Selena, your newsletter coordinator and proudest Mama Bear to 3 year old Cooper (and Belle, 6). I joined the committee to help support and grow this community of bright and beautiful people in coolest little capital.
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We'd love to run a series of profiles of all your lovely little (and big) people on our Facebook page to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. Send us the best pics of your friend or family member with DS in party mode, along with a brief caption, and we'll make sure they get their 5 minutes of fame!
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FUNDRAISER
Online Auction

Pop 19-26 September in your diaries now! We'll be running an online auction to fundraise for the Association in order to continue the work we do for our community.

Want to donate an auction-worthy prize (or know someone that could be keen)? Get in touch with Ruth and keep an eye out on Facebook for more information.
 
EVENTS ... we love a good get together!
A Bowl Lot of Fun

Wet, cold wintery weather meant that it was an indoor catch up for the Wairarapa Down Syndrome Community July school holidays' event. We met at Masterbowl, Masterton, to put our bowling skills to test! Of course it was really all about fun - the claps, cheers and high fives showed great support of each other. We shared some food to keep our energy up and everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Masterbowl for providing us with a discounted rate and Wellington Down Syndrome Association for subsidising the event.

- Bridie Allen
Save the Date...
 
  • Young Ones Catch Up, Saturday 11 September, 10am. This event will be held at Selena's house so please RSVP (or Facebook DM) for more details!
     
  • WDSA Christmas Party, Saturday 4 December, venue & time TBC
     
  • Special Children's Christmas Party, Saturday 27 November, Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua - we'll be in touch about how you can secure your tickets to this soon.
The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association has transitioned to a new database and is calling to members to update their details. Click here for more.
    
Check out the Winter Chat 21 - there's lots of great content about local Wellingtonians involved in our community (you'll also find IHC's Strong Voices brimming with Wellington content last month too!).

From tips on toilet training and first hair cuts through to living independently, there are also plenty of useful resources in the NZDSA's online library.

The WDSA Committee is made up entirely of volunteers.
We'd love to connect with members of the community that can spare a few hours to help here and there. If that sounds like you, sign up to our Friends of the Committee Facebook group.


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