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International Women’s Day with Wayne Swan & Victoria Newton

Cup From Above was proud to provide some of the catering for the International Women’s Day Wine & Cheese Evening on Friday, 7th March 2014.

Tanya Plibersek, the deputy leader of the Labor Party, was the guest speaker for the evening.  Tanya spoke about the humble beginnings of International Women’s Day back in 1910 in New York.  She pointed out that we should celebrate how far we’ve come but here in Australia we still have room for improvement when it comes to gender equality.

Cup From Above is proud to support greater gender equality and community events that bring people together.

Tanya Plibersek, Yvette D'ath and the rest of the mob

Tanya Plibersek, Yvette D’ath and the rest of the mob

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Wayne Swan MP, Councillor Victoria Newton, Adam Cocks & Kevin Kelly

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Cup From Above in Australian Parliament

On the 13th February, 2013 we were very honoured to get a mention in parliament by Federal MP Yvette D’ath.  Here is the link to her full speech.  Below is an excerpt…

“…I would also like to share with you the story of a very inspiring young man I met in October last year, a man who is most certainly following his dream. Thirty-three-year-old Glen Sheppard from the Sunshine Coast has Down’s syndrome and was diagnosed at a young age with severe autism. Glen cannot speak and instead uses facilitated communication and a Qwerty keyboard as his voice. To communicate in this way, Glen needs the support of his dedicated mum, Pam, and carers like Adam from Aspley’s Cup From Above cafe in my electorate. Glen will not let his disability stop him from achieving his goals and he is successfully studying creative writing at university. Glen has already written a collection of poetry and launched a murder mystery novel called Solved in Silence.  For Glen and his support network, life is about what he can do, not what he cannot…”

-Yvette D’ath

Adam & Glen working on the final draft of 'Solved in Silence'.

Adam & Glen working on the final draft of ‘Solved in Silence’.

Yvette correctly states that Glen lives focussed on the things he can do:  not the things he can’t.  Glen is a legit hero.  We can all learn something from him.  You can support Glen by purchasing his latest book here and follow his facebook page here www.facebook.com/GlenCSheppard.   You can also purchase Glen’s books right here at Cup From Above.  100% of sales go straight back to Glen so he can write more books.

Yvette’s speech was made to show her support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme which we whole heartedly agree with.  If you want to find out more about the NDIS please visit this website http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/

The NDIS will see more money and consequently better services get to people with disabilities to provide a better quality of life for those Australians born with or have an acquired injury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glen Sheppard’s book launch at CFA covered by the Courier Mail

Here is an article from page 9 of the Courier Mail on the 16th October 2012.  Glen had his birthday party here on Friday, 12th October 2012.  We were very honoured to have Yvette D’ath, the federal member for Petrie, along for the festivities.  Glen & Yvette had a great chat.  We also had Amy Kelly along from the Courier Mail & Jacqueline Husson from the Star Newspaper.

 

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