Children with Down's Syndrome take part in special Carpool Karaoke

Danny Woods
March 21, 2018

Shot in the style of James' popular Carpool Karaoke, 50 mothers and their children use Makaton - a form of sign language - to make a heart-warming video.

Since it was uploaded on Friday, the video has had over one million views on Facebook and close to half a million on YouTube.

In a New Zealand Down Syndrome Association video, 14 Kiwis share the benefits they bring to the community by volunteering, mentoring youth, public speaking, filmmaking, being fluent in te reo and teaching kapa haka.

Carless said they came up with the idea for the video after seeing videos by the group Singing Hands. It even caught the attention of British comedian Corden, the original creator of the Carpool Karaoke phenomenon.

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She thought it would be "amazing" to replicate the idea with other mothers and their young children who also have Down's Syndrome. The mums, who are part of the Facebook group "Designer Genes", were inspired by a Singing Hands Carpool Karaoke video signed with Makaton and made a decision to replicate it.

Mum-and-daughter duos Rachel and Amelia Blencowe and Melissa and Francesca Lockwood appear in the clip released to raise awareness of World Down's Syndrome Day tomorrow (Wednesday).

"I want people to know having a child with Down's syndrome isn't scary; in fact it is a wonderful adventure; full of joy, love and yes some challenges, just like having any typical child". And the video posted on Facebook by the dad who pulled the video together, James McCallum, has been viewed more than 2.7 million times and shared nearly 60,000 times.

The video has been spotted by James Corden, the actor turned TV presenter who created Carpool Karaoke.

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