2019 Highlights

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.