Cath Jefferies


 People naturally have fears about things they don’t know or understand and ideas and conceptions become generalised. People with chromosomal or mental abnormalities are quite often misunderstood and are treated with fear. I’d like to help change that.

Cath Jefferies

Cath founded Dance for Down Syndrome (D4DS) in 2010 - an association that raises funds and awareness through dance. Cath’s brother Phillip, has Down Syndrome. She saw the joy dancing brought him and somehow wanted to combine that feel-good factor with fundraising, while improving awareness about Down Syndrome, exposing the myths and fears surrounding it. Dance is a universal language without barriers and it was chosen especially because of that quality to express the ease with which people can connect with others. Cath designed this fundraising project to be a fun way to get children involved and bring a closer awareness of Down Syndrome to others in the community.

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

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