|Tea for 321|
Host a tea for 321 during the month of March
Since 2008, Down Syndrome WA, along with other Australian State Down Syndrome Associations, has celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st) with a Tea for 321 event. Click here to read about World Down Syndrome Day (and the significance of the date).
Throughout the month of March we invite people all over WA (members, friends, supporters, anyone) to host a morning or afternoon tea, to help celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome and to raise awareness about Down syndrome in their local communities.
If you ask people attending your 'tea' event to make a donation or if you charge them to attend, you can also help raise much needed funds for Down Syndrome WA's programs. In this way you will be supporting people with Down syndrome, their families and people in the community who support them.
Click here to download your 'Host a Tea for 321' flyer.
To help you plan your tea for 321
There are millions of different ways to enjoy a cup of tea with friends and just as many ways to raise awareness. We have tried to make it easier for you by putting a kit together to help you plan your event.
Click here to find out more about hosting a Tea for 321 event.
Click here to Register your Event and receive your kit.
Click here for Hard Copy Invitations for your Tea for 321
Click here for Electronic Invitations for your Tea for 321
Click here for Funds Raised at your Tea for 321
Click here for Media Release Template
Tea for 321 - High Tea events
Down Syndrome WA joined other states in celebrating Tea for 321 for the first time in 2008. inviting members and friends throughout the state to host morning or afternoon teas. This concept of the local 'tea' event is still what Tea for 321 is all about.
In 2009, in addition to local 'teas', the occasion was celebrated with High Tea at Government House Ballroom in Perth, and a similar event again in 2010. In 2011, Down Syndrome WA's 25th anniversary year, High Tea was held at the Convention Centre, in the BelleVue Foyer, with views overlooking the city and the river. All of these events were a great success and a wonderful way to celebrate Tea for 321, with the focus on people with Down syndrome, providing them with opportunities to show their strengths, achievements and contributions.
High Tea 2011 - Convention Centre
High Tea 2009 & 2012 - Government House Ballroom
In 2009 Down Syndrome WA hosted a very grand High Tea at Government House Ballroom.
It was a wonderful occasion, in a superb venue and attended by 200 people dressed to kill!
It provided a great opportunity to highlight the strengths, achievements and contributions of people with Down syndrome and was also a great way to acknowledge the contributions of people in our community who support someone with Down syndrome in some way.
A string quartet from Churchlands Senior High School set the scene with some beautiful classical music, and people were further entertained by the talented Vinci family trio - De Vinci Chord.
4 stunning paintings from the brush of artist Dave Guhl were on display in the Ballroom. Typical of Dave's style they were very colourful and joyful pieces. They could have been sold 50 times over, but alas they were not for sale. Dave and his Mum Jenny and Dad Kevin attended the event. Click here to see more of Dave's paintings from the Truly Madly Delightful exhibition (paintings can be enlarged by clicking on them).
People with Down syndrome were involved in every aspect of the event as volunteers, speakers, special guests and award winners: greeting people as they arrived, giving the welcome and thank you speeches, serving afternoon tea, participating in the award ceremony, handing out welcome gifts of butterfly badges and farewell gifts of carnations to every guest.
It really was all about them and the event proved to be a great opportunity for people with Down syndrome to be heard and to be seen contributing to the community.
Two international swimmers, Stephen Donovan and Patrick Ricciardo, wearing their Australian Team uniforms and medals won at the recent World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships in Portugal, were introduced to guests. Artist Dave Guhl was presented with a RAP Award (Recognition Award Program) for his inspirational talent and the encouragement he provides to others to follow their dreams. RAP Awards were also presented to members of the community who were nominated for their support to people with Down syndrome, or their contribution to the Association or to people with Down syndrome in general. Jan Gothard was awarded a RAP in recognition of her advocacy work in the area of Immigration.
The special Award of Life Membership was presented to Sue Wilson for her many years of service to the Association.
Other guests included Bruce Langoulant (Chairman of DSC Board) and his daughter Courtney, Dr Ron Chalmers (Director General of DSC) and his wife Jenny, Jackie Softly (Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability) and her son Tom, Dr John Wray (Medical Advisor to DSWA) and Mike McKevitt (President of Down Syndrome WA) and his wife Rosanna.
Dave and ourselves wish to thank you Cathy, and members of the Board, for your kind invitation, inviting we three to attend the splendid High Tea, in the historic and grand Government House Ballroom. We considered the place and event reflected your values. Only the 'best' would do for your membership. You choose to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day in the best possible way, by presenting citizens of this state, young men and women who were role models, not only for those with disability, but for all of us. Our table was bursting with pride as the elite athletes, the elegant young women participated in presentation, demonstrating their skills and confidence with such style and grace. Dave had a ball, and seeing his work presented and recieving his award, (one we did not expect), was a highlight for him. He loves centre stage. His spirit has survived life experience. We admire and love him to bits. So in giving our sincere thanks, add congratulations for a splendid occasion. We are delighted to be members of such a progressive and innovative group.
Yours sincerely Dave, Jenny and Kevin Guhl.