Newcastle was a very busy place to be last week. The Special Olympics first Asia Pacific Games were warmly welcomed by the city, where the athletes and their supporters were celebrated all week long.
Then 55 people from 16 families enjoyed the Down Syndrome Hunter region Christmas Picnic Day at the beautiful Foreshore Park on Newcastle's waterfront last weekend, in perfect weather. Those with Down syndrome attending ranged in age from 3 month to 22 years. People travelled from all over the Hunter - from as far away as Singleton, Taree, Kurri Kurri, Port Stephens - and even further afield from Coolah. They were so caught up with making connections and enjoying the day and the company that not too many photos were taken - a great sign for future events!