Lifestyle

Toddler with Down Syndrome wins Bonds Baby Search title

Torbanlea’s Joelle and Josee Kelly travelled to Melbourne so Josee could take part in a Bonds Baby photo shoot.
Torbanlea’s Joelle and Josee Kelly travelled to Melbourne so Josee could take part in a Bonds Baby photo shoot. Alistair Brightman

TORBANLEA mum Joelle Kelly reckons her daughter won a few hearts during her visit to Melbourne, where she took part in a Bonds Baby photo shoot.

Josee Hope, who has Down syndrome, was selected as a People's Choice winner in the 2015 Bonds Baby Search and she received a $300 photo shoot with flights, accommodation and all transfers paid for both her and Joelle.

Joelle said the two of them had a ball and they got to have a sneak peek at the photos taken on the day, which might be used for Bonds promotions in the future.

She said it would be wonderful if her daughter was included in advertising for the products because it would encourage other Australian retailers to include people of all abilities in their advertising media.

Joelle said she had some concerns about how Josee would react on the day, "but she was great".

"She walked in like she owned the place, smiling and waving hi," she said.

Josee played with some of the other children who were also there to have a photo shoot until it was finally time to be in front of the cameras.

Joelle said Josee wasn't too thrilled by the sound of the camera or the sight of the flashlights, but when the organisers started blowing bubbles and playing the Frozen soundtrack, she soon came around.

"I think she may have left a footprint on some people's hearts that day," she said.

Topics:  bonds baby search down syndrome parenting



Maryborough police expanding volunteer program

Police generic.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Applications close February 10.

M'boro's PubFest getting closer as venues gear up for event

A past PubFest in Maryborough.

Venues are starting to gear up for the fun-filled event.

Luke wins our I Am Summer photo comp

Summer means beach fun! Luke Fitzpatrick wins the I Am Summer photo competition with this beach shot. See more entries on pages 8 and 9.

The winning photo is of Luke's youngest son Elliot.

Local Partners

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Will there be a Game of Thrones spin-off?

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

HBO’S original programming president has teased fans.

Ed Sheeran's intimate gigs down under

Singer Ed Sheeran

CHART-topper playing invite-only shows in Australia next month.

Eddie McGuire's scandal-free focus and new-look Hot Seat

Eddie McGuire hosts the new Millionaire Hot Seat Super Game.

HOST wants out of the hot seat himself to focus on game show revamp.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Designer home set in lush tropical gardens

This home has it all and more

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!