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Today I want to share with you about an amazing, energetic and boundary pushing organisation that teaches dance to children and young adults with Down syndrome. I would love to be able to convey just how special this program is, and how much it means to those involved, but in all honestly I know words won’t do justice to what happens during an e.motion21 class. Seriously, if you could bottle the energy, enthusiasm and delight shown by these dancers you could probably solve world peace before you finish your morning coffee! It’s really that extraordinary.  

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But high wattage smiles and funky dance moves aside e.motion21 is all about sharing the amazing abilities of its dancers and using these abilities to change outdated beliefs about just what a person with Down syndrome is capable of doing. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in our local Ballarat dance group for a little while now. I’ve gotten to know the people behind those massive smiles and been blown away by the skill and dedication of the dancers and their families. I’ve also volunteered in the class room and watched first-hand the commitment and skill of the dance teachers as they present dance and movement to their students with fun, excitement and an understanding of Down syndrome. Such an amazing experience and one I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to be part of.

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 There are many reasons this program is so special.  It was founded out of one family’s need for their own daughter and has grown explosively because it mirrors the needs of many other families. (You can read more about Cate Sayers and this amazing journey here.)  It also connects deeply with the common human love of music, movement and fun and crosses all boundaries when it comes to building self-esteem, peer groups and personal wellbeing for people with Down syndrome. These are not just empty words either.  Last year, RMIT University conducted research in to the effectiveness of the program and the results were eye-opening. (You can find out more about the research by visiting the emotion21 website here.)

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So how did you go?  Can you get a sense of just how special this program is?  I hope so because what e.motion21 Ballarat really needs is for more people to get involved and support the program. That might mean considering becoming a volunteer mover in the classes.  If you have a heart for dance or people with Down syndrome I think this option would suit you perfectly. Full training is offered and the experience is amazing. Or perhaps you could offer a donation. As a not-for-profit organisation money is always tight and all donations, big and small, make a huge difference.  Donated funds are used to train new volunteers, buy dance class equipment and support the dancers to perform in the community. If you are a business owner and would like to be involved, I would love to talk to you about working in partnership to secure and build the future of the program in Ballarat. This might mean sponsorship or ‘in-kind’ donations of goods and services – all support is gratefully received and truly appreciated for the difference it makes.

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 You can find out more about e.motion21 by visiting the website . If you’d like to ask a question or offer support for the Ballarat site you can email me at ballaratrm@emotion21.org.au.  e.motion21 also is also on facebook and instagram – both awesome ways to stay in touch and show your support too.

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For the love of sausage (gluten free ones!!) + $100 giveaway pack {Congratulations Rachel}

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This is a sponsored giveaway for Peppercorn Foods I love a good snag, especially if it’s cooked on the BBQ.    Not surprisingly  when I embarked on my 2014 unprocessed challenge sausages were one of the things I dithered about most.    Dropping the bread and sauce didn’t really phase me, but the actual sausage […]

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So here I am.  A mum of three school kids.  (Thankfully three happy school kids.)  I have spent the past couple of weeks kicking back a bit.  Enjoying space and time to do exactly what I feel like.  I did have a million little projects I thought I’d get finalised before I geared up for […]

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The best days of your life are ahead of you {Sponsored}

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This is a sponsored post for Nuffnang Australia   Right now, I’m at one of ‘those’ times in life when I’m forced to think about the future. For almost ten years I’ve been raising babies, toddlers and preschoolers and then watching them head off to school.  A few days ago, my last baby donned her […]

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Reading for 6-8 year olds. The Tinklers Three.

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I have always loved reading to the girls.  I started with my eldest when she was three months old!  Yeah I know – a little too keen. But I loved doing it and she was happy just to be snuggled up close hearing my voice.   And do you know what – nothings changed on […]

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In the words of Scarlet O’Hara …….

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Well that’s it.  I just put a preschooler to bed for the very last time.   As of tomorrow morning I officially have no stay-at-home children and therefore am a fully fledged school mums.  Wow – where did the time go?   In May it will be ten years since I waddled away from my job at […]

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2014 UNPROCESSED: One minute muffin {grain free, gluten free, dairy free}

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One of the biggest changes I have had to make to my diet since cutting out processed food has been the move away from bread.  I have always been a complete bread addict.  Seriously I’ve  been known to push people to the ground if they get between  me and my Vegemite toast.    But  in […]

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GIVEAWAY: Panasonic ECONAVI 10kg Front Loader Washing Machine ($1,619) Congratulations Helen.

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Washing.  It would have to be one of the most life defining things about a motherhood. You know the drill. Load goes in. Load comes out.  Load goes on the line.  Load comes off the line.  Load morphs into your own personal Mt Foldmore  (or Mt Ironmore if you’re a little keener than I am.) […]

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A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE JANUARY THINGS

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Have you heard of Stamptastic? It’s a stamp that you can use to name all of your kids stuff.  And I do mean all.   Clothes, toys, stationery, shoes, books, swimming goggles, bags, lunch boxes  - pretty much anything.   And it’s so much easier than writing, sewing or ironing on labels (and then hoping […]

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Eureka Skydeck Melbourne ~ the best views in town

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88 floors up above Melbourne’s Southbank the view is pretty fine.   Can you pick out your favourite city land marks in these photos? It takes 30 odd seconds to reach the 88th Floor.   Now that is about 9 meters a second and is surely the fastest this family of five has ever moved. […]

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2014 Unprocessed – getting my health back on.

14 January 2014
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  Time for me to update on my plans for  world domination  (maybe not just yet) to heal my body through clean eating, removing chemicals from our home and de-stressing.   Okay, sounds like a massive task when I write it down like that – but honestly it’s not. A quick recap just in case […]

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