DOZ Issue 34 August 2018 - Page 24

Charity is all about. That’s great. This you started in September 2014, what impact has it had so far? Yes, for those who have been involved, even my team, who do not have children with special needs, they are so involved in this charity, and it has had a great impact on them. It has changed their orientation and the way they think, they’ve really come to know that these children are really special, and they need our love and care around them. And the parents who have been consistent in coming for the various activities we’ve been doing, they’re really happy for such a thing going on that there is someone out there who could start a thing like this for our children. Because some parents don’t find it easy to go out with their child or children with special needs for birthday parties or activities because it’s really tough for them and they cannot cope in public. But mine is different because right from time I have always told myself I wouldn’t allow my boy’s challenges to stop him from going to where they have invited him to. I take him anywhere he goes to, and people are proud of that. So that is what I am trying to do with this charity, So this charity is not just for the children with special needs because our vision is for children to be accepted in the society, social inclusion, that is the message we’re trying to pass out, and we’ve been to school for awareness, we’ve raised awareness in schools for other children to know what these children are going through with their parents and also accept them for who they are. That is some great work you are doing Victoria, well done. We’ve talked about the impact that the charity has had on parents that have children with Down Syndrome and even other parents but what impact has the charity had on your life, how has it transformed your life? I will say, first and foremost, that the charity has transformed my life in a way that I am able to talk in public, which normally I don’t know how to do before. I talk with friends and family members « 24 DOZ Magazine August 2018 but coming out to talk to people in a crowd; it has given me that courage, to be able to stand like I am an advocate not just to my child but all other children with special needs. So, this has made you bolder with regards to speaking publicly? Yes. What is the greatest lesson that you have learnt from your trial? The greatest lesson I have learnt from my trial is patience and accepting people with special needs for who they are.