Sheri Brynard did and will hopefully be doing the following advocacy work in 2020, depending on the Coronavirus.

  • To be finalized: Sheri is invited to be the host of a television program of 13 episodes, where she will interview people all over South Africa with relation to Down syndrome. This program will be broadcasted on channel 147, one of South Africa’s main TV channels.
  • Sheri has been invited to play in “Getroud met Rugby” a soapy on channel 144, at the end of April, depending on the Corona Virus.
  • February/ March until lockdown: Sheri addressed the third-year medical students of the University of the Free State.
  • Sheri again commenced with her interviews on MedFM. She interviewed Herold Verster of Free State Rugby and Helene Van Niekerk, on MEDFM.
  • Sheri addressed an Old Mutual prize-giving function in Klerksdorp.
  • Sheri addressed an advanced short course on disability rights, presented by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

Sheri would have gone to the UK from 17March to 6 April, but because of the Virus the flights were cancelled;

The following events were cancelled in London:

  • March, 21: Sheri was invited to address a day event, presented by the LonDownS consortium in Central London.
  • March 23-25 March: Sheri would have done a keynote at the Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium. They would have given Sheri a Scholarship to attend the Spring Session.
  • 26 March: Sheri received an invitation from Putney High School for girls, to address the learners. “As a Girls school, we are constantly looking for inspirational women to come and speak to our girls. I think the sixth form girls could learn a lot from hearing Sheri Brynard speak”.
  • 30/31 March: Sheri would again have been part of the research done at the King’s College University to improve the quality of life of people with Down syndrome, especially regarding Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers of King’s College University would again have drawn blood and do an MRI scan on Sheri, as part of their research to find a possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Sheri has been appointed by the University of the Free State, on ad hoc basis, to address learners of different disadvantaged schools, as a motivational speaker. She will become part of their initiative, to help disadvantaged children in rural schools.

  • March: Sheri did a radio interview with Saffura Khan on Radio Al Ansaar of Durban.
  • 15/16 May: Sheri is invited to address a function of the NG Church Proteapark in Rustenburg, South Africa.
  • 24 May: Sheri is invited to address a symposium for schools with children with special needs, in Cape Town.
  • 29 June-3 July: Sheri would have been part of a dancing group from the Netherlands, at the Free State Arts Festival. The festival was cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • 12 September: Sheri is invited to address a community function in Standerton, South Africa.
  • 15-17 November: Down syndrome Conference in Dubai.



  • Shéri wrote a book about her life. The well-known writer, Deon Meyer discussed this book with her, in the Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch.

Sheri addressed the following conferences and symposiums:

  • The Inclusive schools in action conference in Pretoria as main keynote speaker.
  • The Super Teacher symposium in Pretoria and the Disability Summit & Careers Expo 2019 in Johannesburg.
  • A symposium in for parents of children with Down syndrome in Pretoria.
  • The diversity workshops presented by the University Free State and CUT in Bloemfontein.
  • The 4th Annual Special Needs & Disability Compliance in Higher Education Conference in Johannesburg.
  • The 7th Annual Disability Rights Conference for the African region, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sheri addressed the following community functions and schools:

  • The Secondary School, Martin Oosthuizen in Kakamas.
  • The Kakamas Primary School.
  • The Stellenbosch High School.
  • The Rhenish Girls’ High School in Stellenbosch.
  • The Eikestad Primary School in Stellenbosch.
  • The annual prize-giving ceremony of the Allanridge Primary School.
  • The Annual Speech Night Ceremony of the St Michaels School for Girls in Bloemfontein.
  • a Fundraising event of the Estoire Church, outside Bloemfontein.
  • Sheri played a leading role in the show, “Extra chromosome is not cool” in the Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch.
  • Sheri addresses a fundraising function in Polokwane. The money was in aid of a very sick little girl, Minke.
  • Sheri did a TV interview on Health Talk with Dr Motuang, on channel 404.
  • Sheri did a radio interview with Maretha Maartens and Corniel Muller, well-known writer and artist, on MED FM. She did many more interviews during 2019.
  • Sheri passed an audition and played a small part in theatre production, Hanna, in the Sand Du Plessis Theatre.
  • Sheri was a guest on the show of die Minki van der Westhuizen, It is on channel 147 on DSTV.
  • Sheri was invited by the chief Director: Rights of persons with Disabilities, to address a Durban Book Fair with the theme: Celebrating inclusivity for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Sheri was part of a market to sell products produced by persons with disabilities, co-in siding with National Disabilities day.

June-July: Sheri travelled to London to be part of the research done at the University College of London (UCL), to improve the quality of life of people with Down syndrome, especially regarding Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers of the King’s College University of London drew blood and did a Lumbar punch on Sheri as part of their research to find a possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

They also did a cognitive assessment on Sheri, to gather data for their research and she addressed a group of clinicians (junior doctors) at King’s College University in London.

September: Sheri travelled to Sydney, Australia and a number of places in in New Zealand.

Sheri addressed:

  • The SA congregation and community, in Auckland,
  • The Middleton Grange Christian Senior School, in New Zeeland, during assembly.
  • The Canterbury Down Syndrome Association in Christchurch, New Zeeland.
  • The TV program Good Morning New Zeeland, where she was interviewed on National Television.