Unless you have been living off the grid I am sure you have all heard about a beautiful young woman named Madeline Stuart.
In the past year her smile has mesmerised the entire world and just recently she made her New York Fashion Week debut.
She is Brisbane's very own international model and a beautiful human that I am very proud to have known now for several years. I can vouch that Maddie is a complete sweetheart and very much deserving of all the love she is encountering on her mission of equality and inclusion.
Madeline has become a symbolic hero for not only people with special needs but also for their families.
She has broken down barriers that have stood up for far too long. With the help and support of her mother Rosanne Stuart, who has been her driving force, Maddie has helped push down doors and open hearts.
This weekend Madeline will give her very first dance performance with the newly formed non-profit organisation, the Inside Outside Dance Ensemble, at the Bulimba Jelly Run.
The Jelly Run is the biggest food fight in Australia. It's a fantastic community event by ICANIWILL, which promotes inclusion to bridge the social gap for local children with social needs.
The Fun Run will take place across two football ovals with multiple 2.5m high inflatable slides, jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses, slip 'n' slides and over 30 pools filled full of jelly, participants will wear ICANIWILL T-shirts. (Powers that be – I need one of those T-shirts, please.)
Madeline is the Ambassador for both charities which offer free programs for people with disabilities focussing on Inclusion, fitness and fun.
As of January next year Inside Outside Dance Ensemble will be offering 8 classes per week in dance at Ipswich, Brisbane CBD, Jindalee and Caboolture and will be increasing to 14 classes per week by the end of 2016 including the Logan area.
If you would like to help fund this new amazing dance program please donate at gofundme.com/danceensemble. Every dollar enables someone to have a more active life.