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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14852


Mrs IRWIN (1:53 PM) —The Vietnamese Parents with Disabled Children Support Group has made a big difference to the lives of parents and their children. With the help of Cabra Vale Diggers Club, the group has produced two books in the Vietnamese language to assist parents of children with a disability. I had the pleasure of launching these two books recently. The value of the group is expressed in a song written by Phan Lan Ngoc Thao, who suffers from down syndrome. This young lady is 23 years old, does pottery and works one day a week at a doctor's surgery. She sang this song for her friends at the launch:

Oh listen my friends

I'll sing you a song

I'll sing for all of you

It's about the way you make me feel

It's about how special you are

And when I sing

It makes me feel

So happy that you are all here

Have I told you that you are

All so beautiful

I'm so lucky to have such good friends

You're like angels all of you

It's so nice to have someone who'll listen to me

And you are always here

Oh listen my friends

I'll sing you a song

I'll sing for all of you

It's about the way you make me feel

It's about how special you are.

There was not a dry eye at this performance. Phan Lan Ngoc Thao, your friends love you and admire you for your determination and vision for children—not only within the Vietnamese community but for all children who have a disability.