Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - Story and pho­tos by Bev Jor­dan

“I want peo­ple to be recog­nised for their tal­ent and not their dis­abil­ity,” is the an­swer Ruth Pasi gives when asked about the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind stag­ing Watch Me, I have Tal­ent.

De­spite the rag­ing storm out­side, the tal­ent night, the first fea­tur­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, went off with­out a hitch at Lily’s Restau­rant, Seven Hills on Satur­day.

Ruth, from Kel­lyville Ridge, joined forces with Lin­colne In­nis from Kel­lyville to stage the show and shine a light on tal­ented young­sters in­clud­ing singers, dancers and even rap duo.

Lin­colne, who broke his neck in a swim­ming ac­ci­dent in 2012 said there would be more shows next year aimed at mo­ti­vat­ing and in­spir­ing the au­di­ence. “It was re­ally fun night,” he said.

He and Ruth were joined by Vaiula Fo­tuma’ali­ip­ule who has come down from the Gold Coast to help or­gan­ise the event.

Ruth said a lot of peo­ple have tal­ents that they have never show­cased be­cause there aren’t the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Some­times peo­ple stay in their homes and don’t do any­thing un­less they are in­vited. This is small now but it will get big­ger.”

The en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence also in­cluded a group of home­less peo­ple who were in­vited to be spe­cial guests for the evening.

All pro­ceeds from the night will go to the African The­atres, a pro­gram that has seen Ruth take four groups of young peo­ple do­ing it tough to Zim­babwe for two weeks to dis­cover how poor fam­i­lies in third world coun­tries live.

“I see these young adults be­come more fo­cussed,more pos­i­tive and de­velop more em­pa­thy.”

The next trip in July next year which Lin­colne will be a part of.

For de­tails call Ruth on 0426 442 298

Watch Me, I have Tal­ent Lin­colne In­nis with Ruth Pasi and Vaiula Fo­tuma’ali­ip­ule, or­gan­is­ers of

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