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Winter Wonderland - Auckland Down Syndrome Association’s annual ball


Winter Wonderland was the magical theme for the 2018 Auckland Down Syndrome Association (ADSA) Ball. Held at the Royal Oak Bowling Club in July, this highly anticipated event takes place every two years.

Excited attendees got glitzed and glammed up for the special occasion - having planned for months in advance. They travelled from all over Auckland in gorgeous gowns and suits, some arriving in classic cars, and even a limousine. The traditional ADSA dance battles were definite highlights, a delicious spread was provided to refuel, and a photo area was set up for those wanting to capture professional shots with partners and friends. Brooke Pautu and Jesse Coles were proud to be named King and Queen for 2018.  

The evening was organised by ADSA and Recreate NZ - which provides social programmes and activities for young people with disabilities. Programme co-ordinator, Amy Mauer, was pleased with the night’s success, and thankful to all the volunteers, and everyone who played a part. She said that such events are important for youth to stay connected. “It’s a perfect way to create social opportunities for friendships and meaningful relationships. It’s always good to be surrounded by people you can relate to - who are going through the same thing.” 

Jaimee Henshaw attended the function with her boyfriend Mitchell Hartnett-Newlands, and was ecstatic to receive the Best Dressed title. Jamie said, "I always look forward to the ADSA Ball. It is an amazing event for all people who are Down Syndrome. We get to dress up, catch up with friends, make new friends and dance the night away! It is the best night ever.”

Amy Mauer encourages the public to get involved with volunteering, and invites anyone that may be interested to get in touch. “It is such a gorgeous environment, and it’s so rewarding. Every time we meet, it feels like a blanket of love. People say they are lucky - but we are the lucky ones. You learn so many life lessons from these friendships. ” 

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