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CARYS MIHARDJA_

Legacy Award Recipient

CARYS’ STORY_

Carys Cares

At the age of 13, Carys founded ‘Carys Cares’, an organisation promoting the rights of people with Down’s syndrome through sharing their multi-talented potentials. Through the sales of art produced by those with Down’s syndrome, Carys has raised over $74,000 in just two years and donated these funds to ‘Persatuan Orang Tua Anak Down’s Syndrome, an assembly of Indonesian families with Down Syndrome. These funds are improving health services, and supporting families, especially necessary for unemployed parents who must devote full-time supervision for their children with Down’s syndrome.

She further campaigns for equal workplace integration for the Down Syndrome community by providing internship opportunities through partnerships with public and private sectors. An inspiration to many, Carys has spoken on Indonesia’s renowned talk shows, which led to a large following on social media, helping her spread her message even further. When the pandemic hit Indonesia, Carys extended her focus towards low-income communities, fundraising and donating over 50,000 items of protective equipment and 10,000 food parcels to those in need.

Carys hopes to extend the reach of her message that individuals with extra chromosomes have extraordinary potential. 

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