StarJam star has in­flu­ence

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Julie Bartlett has helped young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties gain the re­spect and pride of their loved ones through her per­form­ing arts char­ity StarJam.

Now its her turn to shine.

Bartlett is a fi­nal­ist in the newly added arts cat­e­gory of this year’s Fairfax Me­dia and West­pac Women of In­flu­ence Awards.

She’ll be among con­tenders from around the coun­try at­tend­ing a gala din­ner at SkyCity on Oc­to­ber 8 where the 2014 win­ners will be an­nounced.

Bartlett set up the Re­muera-based char­ity with her hus­band Roy in 2002.

She was in­spired by her late younger brother Ross Moses who had Down Syn­drome, af­ter he gave an ‘‘in­spir­ing, spon­ta­neous’’ speech at her wed­ding that had a mas­sive im­pact on her guests.

Even old friends started treat­ing him like a real per­son for the first time, she says.

The char­ity gives young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties the chance to per­form through mu­sic and dance.

‘‘Now their sib­lings are proud of them in­stead of be­ing ashamed,’’ Bartlett says.

Bartlett stepped down as chief ex­ec­u­tive in 2012 to fo­cus on new pro­jects and says it’s in­spir­ing to be a fi­nal­ist.

The awards were es­tab­lished by Fairfax Me­dia and West­pac in 2013 to iden­tify New Zealand’s most in­spir­ing women across a range of eight cat­e­gories.

Proud fi­nal­ist: StarJam founder Julie Bartlett is among fi­nal­ists in this year’s Women of In­flu­ence Awards.

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