Over the last nine years, the Scrapheap Adventure Ride and our ‘Scrappers’ have raised nearly $800,000 for Down Syndrome NSW.
About Down Syndrome NSW
Down Syndrome NSW (DS NSW) exists to champion the right of people with Down syndrome to have the same access to society as everyone else. This means the same rights to health, education, work, family and being part of the community.
We strive to achieve this by supporting people with Down syndrome, their families and carers to be part of a strong and vibrant community that is informed, engaged and active.
DS NSW is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that was established in 1980 by parents of children with Down syndrome. Today DS NSW is still proudly parent run.
- A dedicated information and referral service for families and professionals
- Peer to peer support to families at all life stages
- A library resource centre housing the largest collection of information and resources about Down syndrome in Australia
- Workshops and community building events for members
- Professional development and training to education and health professionals
- Representation of the interests and needs of people with Down syndrome at state and federal levels
- A voice for people with Down syndrome and their families in public discourse and policy development
- Social networking and self-advocacy opportunities for adults with Down syndrome through the Up! Club
How donations support our mission
A gift to Down Syndrome NSW helps us to fulfil our mission. What we do is critical in enabling people with DS to live full and productive lives. We only receive minimal government funding (22%) so we rely on the generosity of the wider community through their financial contributions.
What a donation can do for us:
- $10 pays for the production on the “New Parent” and “Pre Natal Diagnosis” books.
- $15 helps facilitates Up! Club activities & volunteers as they help young adults with Down syndrome get out and about socially in the city.
- $25 helps provide Library Resources to families in rural NSW.
- $50 provides one hour of phone support for regional families.
- $75 helps provide support and information to families for milestone events such as their child beginning school. Or, it allows us to a visit a school and provide education to teachers and support staff.
- $225 helps us support and provide information when a new baby is born.
- $250 is the cost of a Metro hospital visit for parent support.
- $450 is the cost of a regional School visit to educated teachers and support staff.
- $500 is the cost of a regional hospital visit for parent support
- $750 allows us to host a Regional workshop for families and parents
- $2500 provides funds to keep the resource library up to date.
- $13,000 pays for a parental support staff one day a week for year