Breaking Barriers fashion show benefits LOGAN

first_imgThe second annual Breaking Barriers Fashion Show was held at the Morris Inn on Wednesday night. The show featured members of Best Buddies, the Special Olympics, Special Friends and Super Sibs to simultaneously exemplify the work of each group and encourage others to join, as well as “break down the barriers for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and help to spread awareness in the South Bend community,” according to the Notre Dame events calendar.“The goal of this fashion show is first and foremost to display the beauty of friendship and convey the dignity and worth of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities,” the description read.“It is different from other fashion shows because of the mission of the models,” freshman Meghan Freeman, a volunteer for the show, said. “This fashion show strives to embrace our differences and celebrate the bonds and friendships that have formed because of them. Not only that, but it also aims to raise money for future activities so that the benefits of the fashion show will last even after the last walk.”Freeman said the money raised from the fashion show will be used to benefit LOGAN, which funds student initiatives for the Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and Special Friends and Special Sibs clubs in the area.Senior Alexis Pala has been a Buddy and student researcher within Best Buddies since her freshman year and served as the main coordinator for the show.“Although significant progress has been made in recent years, people with intellectual disabilities continue to be segregated globally,” Pala said. “All the clubs in the show work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in various capacities to highlight the things that they love and reveal their true potentials. With this show we want to celebrate those we work with and show everyone the relationships that we have formed and the value we bring to each others lives.”She said that the show “isn’t only about the clothes we are wearing, but the beauty of those wearing them.”According to Pala, the idea for the show was conceived after her experiences working on a similar fashion show with Best Buddies in Madrid, Spain.“We borrowed the name ‘Breaking Barriers’ from the United Nations’ campaign “breaking down barriers to full inclusion” that they used for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities,” she said.The show was brought to Notre Dame for the first time last year, when it was held in Legends Nightclub as part of Spread the Word to End the Word Day. Pala noted that this year is unique in its focus on the collaboration between the South Bend community and Notre Dame clubs.This year’s show involved an immense amount of preparation, including reaching out to potential donors, Freeman said. Clothing had to be secured for all ages and sexes through donations from Ali Boutique, Little Princess Treasures, and Macy’s.Sorella, a local boutique, was “extremely helpful and enthusiastic, and the owner worked to make sure that every buddy pair had an outfit that was perfect for them,” Freeman said.Organizers also had to secure help from Notre Dame’s University Hair Stylists to help, as well as, Chipotle and other local establishments for gift bags. The organizers also recruited volunteers to emcee, write short bios to be read during participants’ walks and help to complete various tasks.The show was emceed by one of Notre Dame’s leprechauns, Mitch Meersman, and featured a slideshow displaying each group participating in various activities from the past year. Before the show began, the night opened with a performance by the Humor Artists, a video combatting “Ableism” that addressed stigmas surrounding mental disabilities and a performance by the Pom Squad.Models walked out alongside their respective Buddies, each of whom was a Notre Dame student, as Meersman read models’ brief bios and described the outfits worn. Speeches from organizers and performances from Notre Dame a cappella groups Halftime and the Undertones were interspersed throughout the show. The night ended with all of the models and their buddies joining in to sing Notre Dame’s alma mater.“We are looking to gain more popularity and become an event that people want to come back to every year,” Freeman said. “At the end of the day, we hope to raise money to sponsor future events, and we just want everyone to have fun.”Tags: best buddies, Breaking Barriers, fashion show, LOGAN, Special Olympics, Super Sibslast_img read more

Message to the diaspora: Now is the ideal time to invest in Croatian tourism

first_imgDuring this two-day conference, success stories of returnees who have invested in Croatian tourism will be presented, and Croatian branding, investments in tourist niches such as health and cultural tourism, and innovations in tourism will be discussed.  Director of the Center for the Study of Croatian Emigration Marin Sopta he said that the conference symbolizes the unity of homeland and emigrated Croatia. “We point to the great economic potential of the diaspora and the need for stronger investment by emigrants. If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we are in danger of losing the future. This must be borne in mind by all those who create divisions in Croatian society. These topics exhaust us emotionally and mentally, so we decided to look to the future. “, Sopta emphasized, at the opening of the International Conference “Emigrant Tourism”, adding that the Government should include the diaspora in the development strategy of the country.  Can our diaspora be one of the opportunities for the development of our economy, tourism, and especially health tourism? It certainly can and must. Our diaspora must be one of our main ambassadors and links to the global market, as it is in other developing and smart countries.  President of the Management Board of PwC Croatia John Gašparac he spoke about the prospects of Croatian tourism. “Challenges in tourism are also opportunities. Tourism is a business that lives on emotions and experiences. We can talk about numbers, but that factor is key. We need to change our view of the world and tourism, and if we succeed, then we can experience exponential growth”, Said Gašparac, noting that the plans we have are good, but that it will take time to implement them. RELATED NEWS: State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina he said that now is the right time to return and invest in Croatia. “Whoever dares to take steps in that direction today will benefit greatly from it. Not only material things are worth living in life; the quality of life and the feeling that you are part of the community are also important, and in Croatia you can do that”Said Glavina, who is also a returnee from the United States.  Precisely with the aim of connecting and sharing experience and knowledge from the diaspora and for the diaspora in Split at the Milesi Palace, on May 17 and 18, 2019, the Second International Conference “Emigrant Tourism” is being organized. “With their return, representatives of the diaspora brought knowledge, technology transfer, modern business methods and best practices in the tourism sector from around the world. Today we are talking about emigrants in tourism, but we want to encourage cooperation and participation of the diaspora in all strategic sectors of the Croatian economy. In the whole process, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce wants to be a central contact point, support and partner for all representatives of its diaspora who are looking for business opportunities and opportunities.”, Said Ivan Barbaric, Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU.center_img Joe Basic he commented on the growth of his company MPG, with about 150 people today and the transfer of knowledge from Canada to Croatia. “We have been working on the Ultra project for ten years, and today it is visited by more than 150.000 people from more than 150 countries, which is an excellent promotion of Croatia. This is the right time to start a business in Croatia because the risks are the lowest since we founded the country. Croatia invites you to come back and realize your dreams and business ideas “, pointed out Basic. Marion Duzich, owner and director of the Waterman Svpetrvs hotel on Brač, emphasized that everything in business comes down to a quality product and quality people. “Of course, it is also important that they pay you for that quality. I practically came to Croatia to retire – I didn’t even know where Brac was, and in the end I invested in tourism because I believe in this country and these people. It is not easy to do business in Croatia. There are bad days, I spent a lot of money and nerves, but today I have 600 workers. Now we are tormented by the problem of labor, it takes us a lot of time”, Said Duzich and called on the government to facilitate the import of foreign workers.  WILL WE FINALLY INTRODUCE THE SLOVENIAN MODEL FOR IMPORTING FOREIGN WORKERS FROM NEXT YEAR? You can find out more about the conference and the program HERE According to the CNB, the diaspora sends over 2 billion euros a year to Croatia, which is a share of about five percent of Croatia’s GDP. However, the mentioned amount is without real investments in our economy, and for which there is great interest. The Diaspora wants to primarily invest and help, but we can never connect the dots and establish a quality dialogue. We have been spinning in a circle for years, without real progress.  Waterman Svpetrvs hotel on Braclast_img read more