Share the dream 2019
Share the Dream is our annual fundraiser and a huge part of what enables UpsideDowns to keep supporting Kiwi kids with Down syndrome. It is a cocktail-style evening with live and silent charity auctions, yummy food, a bar, and an all-round great night out. This year, it was held at the Flagship Education Centre in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter on World Down Syndrome Day - Thursday, 21 March 2019.
Where do the funds go?
UpsideDowns is an independent charity dedicated to giving Kiwi kids with Down syndrome a voice. We fund essential speech and language therapy for over 150 families from Northland to Southland. This therapy has been proven over and over again by international research to give children with Down syndrome their best chance to be able to talk, read, write, and live full, independent lives. Unfortunately, this intervention is not publicly available, and families must turn to expensive private practitioners. This costs an average of $4,000 a year, which is beyond the reach of most Kiwi families. That’s where we come in. Absolutely all funds raised from this event go towards improving the lives of children with Down syndrome by funding this crucial early intervention.
The Venue: Flagship Education Centre
This unique building is run by Sustainable Coastlines, another OnePercent Collective charity like UpsideDowns. The centre is situated in the Wynyard Quarter in central Auckland. The building itself is a triumph of sustainability, with a composting toilet, innovative insulation, solar batteries, and a roofing system that offsets carbon emissions from nearby cars! Its beautiful design and education panels remind the visitor of how lucky we are to have our beautiful coastlines in Aotearoa, and how important it is to look after them. Sustainable Coastlines generously donated the use of their venue to Share the Dream 2019.
Share the dream 2017 Photo Gallery
Click to view more photos from Share the Dream 2017 - thank you to Emma Kierle of Sweet Events Photography!