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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 24 2018 1:03 AM UTC +00:00.

AU$ 157
pledged of AU$ 55,000pledged of AU$ 55,000 goal
7
backers
32days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 24 2018 1:03 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Dolls with Down Syndrome

We have a little Educational shop in Australia called Starfish, with a large range of educational games & resources with a focus on disabilities, special and sensory needs.

Our little store in Kiama, Australia.
Our little store in Kiama, Australia.

We stock a range of much loved gorgeous dolls with Down Syndrome.  

The beautiful dolls with Down Syndrome currently available
The beautiful dolls with Down Syndrome currently available

The story behind this project.... 

After a Facebook post on the dolls went viral we were contacted by hundreds of people from around the world (mostly from USA) asking if we had these same dolls but with darker skin tones. 

Here is just one of the messages we received.
Here is just one of the messages we received.

Fair question.  The disappointment and frustration (when we informed everyone that the manufacturer only made them in a fair skin range) was palpable. 

Little Laura on her birthday with her new doll
Little Laura on her birthday with her new doll

The why....

Shouldn't everyone be able to have a doll that resembles themselves?

Shouldn't dolls in therapy and early education settings reflect inclusion and celebrate difference?

It got me thinking #whynot

I wondered if we could get them made in darker skin tones and with differing hair colours and styles to better cater for this need.

So, I contacted my supplier who said "YES" it would be possible to have the dolls made with the same features but with differing skin tones and hair.  The catch is, the manufacturer insists that I purchase a complete product run for every single doll.  And, each change means a full product run for that one doll.  It is possible!

We are all beautifully different.
We are all beautifully different.

What we want to create

What I want to do with this project is to create 4 new dolls with Down Syndrome:

  • Boy with darker skin tone and short, dark tight curly hair
  • Boy with darker skin tone and short dark hair
  • Girl with darker skin tone and long dark tight curly hair
  • Girl with darker skin tone and long dark hair

How to help

There are lots of pledge options.  All help is appreciated - little or large. 

Join in the fun, and get the feel-good vibes from being part of a team doing some good and bringing this important inclusive project to fruition.   

If you believe in the project, we would be ever so grateful if you share on social media, too.

Let's bring these dolls to life!

Kirstie

#whynot

Risks and challenges

Because these dolls have never been made before and because the manufacturer will not do a single product sample trial, the risk is around making sure the skin tone and hair style is exactly what we're after - as once the order is submitted then I'll be committed!
I plan to work closely with the manufacturer to ensure the colour and hair is on point. I can do this by going to the factory itself, selecting skin tones and hair styles from other dolls in other ranges and communicating directly with the manufacturer in person.
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The time frame for production is expected to be a month after a final order is submitted and then shipping may take two months. I have allowed plenty of time to cover hiccups and delays to avoid any disappointment. As a result, the dolls may actually be delivered ahead of time.

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    Bumper Sticker

    * Bumper Sticker
    We appreciate every pledge - big or small - that helps make this vision a reality.
    Every pledge will receive one of our exclusive #whynot bumper stickers.

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    Personalised Thank You

    * Personalised Thank You note and a BIG virtual hug from our team
    * Bumper Sticker

    Receive a big virtual HUG plus a personalised Thank You note from our team and one of our EXCLUSIVE #whynot Bumper Stickers.

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    Doll with Down Syndrome

    * A doll with Down Syndrome - darker skin tone
    * Bumper Sticker

    Be one of the first people to receive one of our gorgeous dolls with Down Syndrome with darker skin tone - once they're off the production run and before they hit the market + one of our #whynot bumper stickers

    Choose your doll from:
    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Black Afro hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Brown hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Curly Dark Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Brown Hair

    Please note: Freight is covered however any duties or import fees charged by your country to receive goods from Australia are not included and are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $362

    Doll + Birth Certificate

    * A doll with Down Syndrome with darker skin tone
    * A Birth Certificate for your doll
    * Bumper Sticker

    Receive one of our gorgeous dolls with Down Syndrome with darker skin tone along with it's very own birth Certificate.
    We'll also include one of our exclusive #whynot bumper stickers.

    Nominate the date of birth, place of birth and name on your certificate.

    Choose your doll from:

    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Black Afro hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Brown hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Curly Dark Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Wavy Brown Hair

    Please note: Freight is covered however any duties or import fees charged by your country to receive goods from Australia are not included and are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $723

    Sponsor Acknowledgement & 2 Dolls

    * Your name printed on the doll's packaging
    * 2 dolls with Downs Syndrome (from our complete range)
    * Bumper Sticker #whynot

    We are keen to show our appreciation of significant sponsors on the packaging of our dolls. Have your name or business acknowledged on the doll packaging and included in the list of significant contributors - who helped turn this wonderful project into a reality.

    You can nominate an individual name or a business name as a sponsor on packaging (pending our team approval).
    We will send you a BIG THANK YOU certificate to display plus a visual hug!
    Choose your dolls:

    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Black Afro hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Brown hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Curly Dark Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Wavy Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Blonde Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with fair Skin and Long Blonde hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Fair Skin and Long Brown Hair

    Please note: Freight is covered however any duties or import fees charged by your country to receive goods from Australia are not included and are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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    Pledge AU$ 5,000 or more About $3,637

    Website acknowledgement

    * Be Immortalised on our website
    * 2 dolls from our complete range
    * Bumper Sticker

    All pledges at this level will be featured and immortalised on our website listing of these beautiful dolls with Down Syndrome.
    As a MAJOR Sponsor that helped ensure this project got off the ground, we believe you should be formally and permanently acknowledged. It is because of your generosity that this important project is possible. We want to thank you for that and we think all of those who love and need these dolls should know who helped make it happen!
    You will also be acknowledged as a MAJOR sponsor on the dolls' packaging and receive a BIG THANK YOU certificate to display, from our team.

    You can choose TWO Dolls with Down Syndrome (of your choice) from our complete range (fair and darker skin options) - and be the first ones to get them once they're off the production run.

    You can nominate an individual name or a business name (pending approval) for the packaging and website acknowledgement.

    Choose your dolls:

    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Black Afro hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Brown hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Curly Dark Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Wavy Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Blonde Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with fair Skin and Long Blonde hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Fair Skin and Long Brown Hair

    Please note: Freight is covered however any duties or import fees charged by your country to receive goods from Australia are not included and are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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    Name a DOLL

    * Name one of our DOLLS
    * Be Immortalised on our website as a Primary SPONSOR

    For such a significant pledge, we think people should get something really very special!
    Why not have one of our dolls permanently named on our website in your honour or after one of your loved ones?
    What a cool thing to do!
    There are 10 dolls in the full range - which means there are 10 opportunities to have one of our gorgeous dolls given a name that you nominate (subject to our team approval). The name you give will be used in all our transactions, on our website and for identification purposes during sales or discussions.

    All pledges at this level will also be featured and immortalised on our website listing of these beautiful dolls with Down Syndrome.
    As a MAJOR Sponsor that helped ensure this project got off the ground, we think it is only fair that people know who helped make this happen. It is because of your generosity that this important project is possible.
    You will also be acknowledged as a MAJOR sponsor on the dolls' packaging and receive a THANK YOU certificate to display, from our team.

    A COLLECTOR'S edition of a Doll with Down Syndrome will be sent to you as soon as they are off the production run. A collector's edition includes a doll proudly wearing a stirling silver name bracelet.

    You can nominate an individual name or a business name (pending approval) for the packaging and website acknowledgement.
    Dolls to be NAMED:

    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Black Afro hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Brown hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Curly Dark Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Wavy Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Blonde Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with fair Skin and Long Blonde hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Fair Skin and Short Blonde hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Fair Skin and Long Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Fair Skin and Short Brown hair

    Choose your doll (to be sent):

    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Black Afro hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Darker Skin tone and Short Brown hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Curly Dark Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Darker Skin tone and Longer Wavy Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Blonde Hair
    * Doll with DS BOY with Fair Skin and Brown Hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with fair Skin and Long Blonde hair
    * Doll with DS GIRL with Fair Skin and Long Brown Hair

    You will be acknowledged as a MAJOR sponsor on the dolls' packaging.
    You can nominate an individual name or a business names acknowledgement as a sponsor on packaging (pending our team approval).
    You will receive a BIG THANK YOU certificate to display, from our team.

    We will also throw in one a few of our EXCLUSIVE #whynot Bumper Stickers

    Please note: Freight is covered however any duties or import fees charged by your country to receive goods from Australia are not included and are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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