Association down on state
MELISSA Dowling's future for her baby son Caleb seemed awfully bleak eight years ago, until she was cheered by Down Syndrome Association Queensland (DSAQ) members at the Friendly Society Private Hospital.
"When Caleb was born , it was very difficult because we were grieving for the loss of the child we thought we were going to have," Mrs Dowling said.
"But we were visited by Jennye and Tom Douglas from Innes Park, who told us all the wonderful things that their daughter had achieved - that there was light at the end of the tunnel."
Mrs Dowling was one of many to meet with DSAQ executive at Monto yesterday - to congratulate residents on raising $17,000 for the DSAQ , but also to highlight the association's plight as it struggled with insufficient funding.
President Anna Magnus said DSAQ mostly relied on community donations to fund their work.
"We are tired of getting a pat on the back from state government and urging them to help us with funding so we can continue our work."