Super Power Baby Project By Sam Callander

About Super Power Baby Project

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The Super Power Baby Project is about creating a new language to describe disability. A language that celebrates awesomeness and teaches the world to see the beauty in these amazing Super Power children. To do this we are making a photographic art book of children from all over New Zealand with a range of chromosomal and genetic conditions - aka "super powers". It has stunning photographs and tells the amazing stories of each child and identifies their super powers. These are the unique things they can do because of their syndrome.

To make this dream happen we need to 'pre-sell' approximately 1,000 books here on pledgeme, that's where you come in! Our $70,000 target seems daunting, but we know that it only requires 1,000 people like you to believe in the project and to order this beautiful, inspiring book.

Photographed by Award Winning New Zealand photographer and Mum to one of these precious children, Rachel Callander has experience, expertise and passion for telling the stories of New Zealand's Super Power Babies. The book will create and communicate a language for New Zealanders to talk about these children without negative connotations. It is uplifting, positive and brings people together encouraging and celebrating diversity in their own communities and families.

www.superpowerbabies.com   |   www.facebook.com/SuperPowerBabyProject





THE BOOK

It will be hard covered, have beautiful paper, approx. 150- 175 pages and 275mm x330mm. There will be photographs of 50 New Zealand children with a varied range of syndromes and genetic conditions. If the project reaches its target we plan to complete most of the photography by Christmas this year. This will enable us to write, design and print the book in time to post it to you by mid 2014.

Already we have received 70+ submissions from families with Super Power Babies keen to be involved in the book. We announced the plan for the Super Power Baby Project via Facebook in late June 2013. With just a brief project description and a few photographs of Super Power Babies, word quickly spread as people all over New Zealand liked, shared and commented on the page. In response to this we created the website www.superpowerbabies.com to explain the project further and to find families who would like to be involved. We asked interested parents of Super Power Babies to fill in a questionnaire about their child.

Here are some comments from Super Power Baby parents:
Q: Tell me about your child's super powers:

“Tymon has many super powers. He has the ability to lift anyone's mood with just one laugh. He is able to melt hearts with his incredible smile which is also contagious. Tymon is able to break down the many stereotypes associated with down syndrome with just one hug. His cuddles are to die for and just one will have anyone coming back for more. Tymon is so brave he is often pricked and prodded for blood and not one tear is shed. Instead he just smiles his way through it.

His biggest superpower however was his ability to make our family complete and his power to teach us to love unconditionally.”

   Angela G - Parent of child with Down Syndrome

“Kaahu's beauty and spirit are amazing. I can't take her out without strangers stopping to say what a beautiful baby she is. People are always telling me how calm and content she is. She makes eye contact with strangers and smiles. It is very, very rare to see her object to anyone: she accepts everyone who comes into her world with her open eyes and cheeky smile.
Kaahu's super power is that she's perfect. She sleeps through the night, doesn't cry and always wakes up with a smile.”

   Gina C - Parent of child with Prader-willi Syndrome


THE TEAM

Rachel Callander: Rachel is Mum to Super Power Baby Evie Amore who passed away in 2010 at the age of 2 ½ years. This gives her insight into the lives of Super Power Babies and their family's triumphs and challenges. This book is a long term dream of Rachel's which has been years in the planning. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography), is an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (ANZIPP) and in 2011 was awarded the title of New Zealand Wedding Photographer of the Year at the annual NZIPP Iris Awards.

Sam Callander: Dad to Evie Amore and passionate backer of the dream. Sam is the project manager and behind the scenes admin nerd. In his day job Sam works for the Economic Development Agency in South Canterbury helping businesses succeed. This project combines his passion for helping people achieve their dreams and his belief that all children are born awesome.

Evie Amore Callander: The message and movement of the Super Power Baby Project is Evie's - it was her idea.  Evie was with us for 2 and 1/2 years and in that time taught us  so much: unconditional love, strength, living in the moment and most of all about Super Powers. In a world obsessed with charts and measuring children's progress from day zero; Evie taught us that being unique is totally awesome and that a language of 'super powers', (i.e. the great things people CAN do and who they are as people) is so much cooler than some of our current attempts to describe distinctiveness. This applies universally to all children.

THE BUDGET

Budgeting for the project has been carefully planned.  The cost of the project is $70,000 allowing a print run of 1,000 books. This includes:

  • Production
  • Travel to eight locations around NZ,
  • Accommodation, we'll be staying with friends and family where ever possible to lower costs
  • Hiring studio space & lighting equipment, we've already received generous offers from many NZ photographers to use their studios which will help heaps
  • Design & Printing, quotes from NZ publishing company Mary Egan Ltd
  • the cost of rewards including postage - additional costs such as GST, the all impartant PledgeMe fee and a 10% contingency
Any extra we raise will go towards a larger print run and distribution throughout New Zealand.


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The People Behind Super Power Baby Project

Picture?type=square&width=50&height=50 Sam Callander
Project admin

Current Project: Super Power Baby Project

I'm the project manager and behind the scenes admin nerd the Super Power Baby Project. In my day job I work for the Economic Development Agency in South Canterbury helping businesses succeed. This project combines my passion for helping people achieve their dreams and my belief that all children are born awesome.

Updates

This Easter Sunday is Super Power Baby Sunday

10:04PM Thu 17/04/14

We hope you have a happy and safe Easter. One of your highlights can be seeing Super Power Babies celebrated on Sunday at 7pm on TV1 and thinking: "I made that happen :)"

One of the joys of funding a crowdfunding project is knowing that along with a like-mineded community you've made it a reality. In the case of the Super Power Baby Project the message of celebrating distinctiveness has reached further than we imagined and the book isn't even finished yet!

Take a moment to look at the comments and shares of our Facebook post and Sunday's Facebook post. As you scroll through, think about how exciting this is for Super Power families. All the families we met are immensly proud of their kids - we hope that seeing people pouring love towards them is great encouragement.

The proudest thing for us is thinking that our daughter Evie is inspiring people to use language that celebrates awesomeness and to see the beauty in these amazing Super Power children.

 

Tune in and enjoy the show. Thanks for making it possible.

 

Sam and Rach Callander

www.superpowerbabies.com

 

 

Progress Update April 2014

05:29PM Sun 06/04/14

Snapshot:

  • Photoshoots are complete

  • Text that will go with images is ⅓ complete

  • Sunday TVNZ have finished filming for their mini-doco and it could air as soon as  Easter Sunday!

  • First draft of book cover received

  • Still on target for getting the book to your letter box in July

 


What a summer it was. We’ve met and photographed 75 amazing children from all over New Zealand. Each time we walked into another family’s home we were grateful to you for pledging to make this all possible. For Rachel and I it’s been very healing to get to know families going on a similar journey to ours. Evie helped give us an instant connection and we feel honoured to have met so many extraordinary people.

 

The making of the Super Power Baby Project book is our chance to share this experience with all of you. Rachel is doing a great job of writing short stories to go with the photos, she is ⅓ through and will ramp that up in the next two weeks.

 

Friday was an especially exciting day in Super Power Baby Project land as we were privileged to be interviewed by TVNZ's Janet McIntyre in Rach’s studio in Timaru. The interview was for Sunday and is likely to air at Easter time. That’s really soon!!! It means that in about a week you may start seeing adverts for the show featuring super power babies!! We will send another update when we know for sure when it will air.

 

Also on Friday we received the first mockups of covers for the book from the design team at Mary Egan Ltd. Woohoo!

 

Thanks for following along the journey with us so far. Our timeline for the book in your letterbox is still July (maybe late July). That means we need to get all the content to the publishers this month if we can. We will allow pre-orders up until we hit the big PRINT button in mid-late May.   


In the meantime, watch out for those ads on TV for Sunday and feel free to get in touch with us via:

Facebook SuperPowerBabyProject,

Twitter @SuprPowrBabies

or email superpowerbabies@gmail.com

 

Regards

Sam & Rachel Callander

The Super Power Baby Project

www.superpowerbabies.com

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THANK YOU!!!!!!

03:42AM Thu 10/10/13

Hi Super Power Baby Project crowd funders.

Thank you so so so much for your support. Here is a wee video of us saying a big THANK YOU!!!!!

https://vimeo.com/76580432


We look forward to keeping you updated with our progress over the coming months.

Lots of love, Rachel & Sam

www.superpowerbabies.com

The Target is Reached!

05:43AM Tue 08/10/13

[head shakes] can’t find words. Also many tears.


What a phenomenal achievement. A community of people, from all over New Zealand and the world have joined forces to bring an amazing project to life. 


Today has been exhilarating, nearly 100 pledges and heaps of people sharing the page. There were so many people refreshing www.pledgeme.co.nz/1392 that it crashed for a while there. That sort of enthusiasm is what has carried this campaign. 


An email update can never be thank you enough, but thank you all SO much. Especially to those who pledged a month ago when this was just a tiny, ambitious dream. 


Now the dream is real. There will be much work ahead (if you can call meeting and photographing Super Power Babies work) but for now we are celebrating.


There are still two days to go, so if people want their copy of the book they can still pledge.
So much love to you all – the Super Power Baby Project begins!!!!!


A few days and a few dollars to go.

07:08AM Sun 06/10/13

Hi Everyone

You are all extraordinary. There are 564 of you and the number is growing fast. You are the Super Power Baby Project people, the community who is bringing something very special to life. Your pledges create the backbone of the Super Power Baby Project which is dedicated to:

  • A new language to describe disability
  • Celebrating awesomeness
  • Teaching the world to see beauty
  • Giving hope to families

Every day we are receiving messages from people whose attitudes and lives are changing because the project… and we’ve hardly begun!

This is really just a long winded way of saying THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH. As we write this $56,760 has been pledged, 80% of the way to the $70k target thanks to you.

There are four days left. We will be sharing, linking and emailing like crazy until 10th October and I’m sure a few others will be too. We also have some national media coverage coming [we hope]. So thank you for your patience, support and enthusiasm. It sounds cliché but its true; we would not have got this far without YOU.

We can’t wait to start the project and photograph these beautiful children from all over NZ, making a stunning photographic art book showcasing just how incredible they are and then sending it to you, the Super Power Baby Project people. There’s just an intense four days to get through first.

Lots of love

Rachel & Sam

A $5,000 Pledge

07:45AM Tue 01/10/13

Wow oh wow. Incredible stuff! 

This afternoon one amazing individual pledged Five Thousand Dollars, yup, Five with a capital 5.

The pledge took the total from $42,600 to $47,600... more than two-thirds to the target!

They chose the reward: "Super Power Books where they're needed most." This remarkable contribution means that places all over New Zealand such as Starship Hospital, The Champion Centre, Neo-Natal wards and hospitals will have these books available to give to new parents of Super Power Babies giving them a burst of hope at the beginning of their daunting yet amazing journey. 75 copies of the Super Power Baby book will be sent all over NZ.

Thank you so so so much.


Halfway there!

01:27AM Sat 28/09/13

Hi there Super Power Baby supporters.

Thank you so much for your pledge, thanks to you the dream is becoming a reality.

We've received 417 pledges totalling $38,655... that's more than halfway to our target! There are now just two weeks to go to reach the project target of $70,000.

The community of people who have heard about the project and are backing it is growing fast and it's SO EXCITING to see the impact the project is already having. Here are a few stories we hope you'll enjoy:


WISDOM & GENEROSITY

A 96 year old gentleman who has pledged by cheque emailed us saying "I admire you and believe, like you, that the title for these precious children is wrong. We must have a title that honours them." Beautiful!


EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

This email had us feeling really proud:

"I just wanted say how wonderful I think your project is. I heard about Super Power Babies in class (I am a 21year old Nursing Student at Otago Polytechnic) when one of our lecturers told us about it. We then found the website and it was posted on our group page to take a look at - the word is getting out there!"


POSITIVE LANGUAGE

This beautiful message had us in happy tears:

"Hi Rachel, I just watched your video about the project, with my 3 year old daughter. She said "ooooh she's so cute". But next came the question... "What's wrong with her mummy?" After a short pause (thinking how am I going to do this one) I thought with your beautiful and amazing idea I tried (my hardest) not to use the words you are trying to discourage. I used the words "super powers" a lot and I think I got the message through. Once I got on a roll it really wasn't that hard to only use positive language about these amazing children anyway."


ST ANDREWS PRIMARY SCHOOL - SUPER POWER MUFTI DAY


After seeing a newspaper article about the project, the school decided to have a Super Hero mufti day to celebrate the Super Power children at their school and raise money for the project. They raised $522 and had heaps of fun with their super hero costumes and games. Go St Andrews Primary School, you guys ROCK!

Super Students:

Super Principal:

This week there will be fundraising mufti days in at least three other businesses here in our home town of Timaru, with more in the pipelines!

Thank you for your support, you guys are awesome.

Sam & Rach Callander

www.superpowerbabies.com

superpowerbabies@gmail.com

New Video!

07:27PM Mon 16/09/13

We've loaded a new video on the main page, one that gets to the heart of why we are doing the Super Power Baby Project. So here is the original video incase you missed it.

Two New Rewards

09:56PM Sat 14/09/13

We've added two new rewards, they are both about getting the message out there.

Super Supportive - $140

Tell us the name of the organisation (e.g. school, kindy, group or hospital) or person you'd like to send a copy of the book to and we'll post it out with a note from you. Plus your copy of the Super Power Baby Project book with a hand written thank you note and your name printed in the book. (You'll be able to tell us the name once the project is successfully funded)

Super Power Books where they're needed most - $5,000

Your remarkable contribution means that places all over New Zealand such as Starship Hospital, The Champion Centre, Neo-Natal wards and hospitals will have these books available to give to new parents of Super Power Babies. You are giving these parents a burst of hope at the beginning of their daunting yet amazing journey. 75 copies of the Super Power Baby book sent all over NZ on your behalf, your name in the book and a handwritten thank you note from us.

Thanks again to everyone who is supporting this project.
Sam

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Seeing Super Powers

10:00PM Tue 10/09/13

A wonderful Super Power Mum shares her thoughts about the Super Power Baby Project in our local radio ad campaign!

Early Birds

07:38AM Wed 11/09/13

wowsers its been exciting seeing all the enthusiasm for this project. What an incredible group of people you are.

50 clever and generous people got in early and so the early bird price is sold out.

Mad respect also to those who could have chosen the early bird option but selected the full price anyway. We are totally blown away by you all.

Thanks for all your comments and shares, the Super Power Project is off to a flying start.

Sam

What a start

12:16AM Mon 09/09/13

wow wow wow! What a start to the Pledgeme campaign! In only 1 day, we have 32 pledgers and have raised just shy of 10% of the total required to make this happen. Thank you so much to all of you who have shared the love and pledged! If we keep this up, this amazing book will be for reals.
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Rachel Callander

Pledges

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The Reeves Family
2013-09-23 22:19:32 +1200

The Reeves Family has pledged on 1 project.

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Hayley McAuley
2013-09-07 15:56:33 +1200

Hayley McAuley has pledged on 1 project.

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Joshua Newlove
2013-09-07 15:59:46 +1200

Joshua Newlove has pledged on 1 project.

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Deborah Jones
2013-09-07 16:09:50 +1200

Deborah Jones has pledged on 1 project.

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Jess Hurst
2013-09-07 16:32:44 +1200

Jess Hurst has pledged on 1 project.

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Tracy, Stu, Paige, JD & Cleo
2013-09-07 16:37:29 +1200

Tracy, Stu, Paige, JD & Cleo has pledged on 1 project.

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Leanne Walker
2013-09-07 20:03:03 +1200

Leanne Walker has pledged on 2 projects.

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Phil and Amanda Winter
2013-09-07 20:36:28 +1200

Phil and Amanda Winter has pledged on 1 project.

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Jen Ryan
2013-09-07 21:08:28 +1200

Jen Ryan has pledged on 3 projects.

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Nicola Inglis Photography
2013-09-07 22:15:27 +1200

Nicola Inglis Photography has pledged on 4 projects.

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$70,000
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$85,288
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121% Complete
This project was successful and got its funding on 10/10/2013 at 10:10 PM.

Rewards

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Thanks, you're Super!

Thank you so much, your contribution makes the Super Power Babies Project possible. We'll send you a beautiful Super Power Baby Project postcard and print your name in the book. Thanks for your support.

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Super Early Bird

Your copy of the Super Power Baby Project book with a hand written thank you note, your name printed in the book and $10 off for being so super fast.

576 left

Super Power Book

Your copy of the Super Power Baby Project book with a hand written thank you note and your name printed in the book.

49 left

Super International

Your copy of the Super Power Baby Project book, shipped internationally (outside NZ), with a hand written thank you note and your name printed in the book.

60 left

Super Supportive

Tell us the name of the organisation (e.g. school, kindy, group or hospital) or person you'd like to send a copy of the book to and we'll post it out with a note from you. Plus your copy of the Super Power Baby Project book with a hand written thank you note and your name printed in the book. (You'll be able to tell us the name once the project is successfully funded)

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Super Empowering

Five copies of the Super Power Baby book to give away. Spread the message by gifting the book to friends, family, support groups, hospitals etc. Plus we'll give you one copy to keep for yourself for being so awesome.

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Super Power Patron

Wow wow wow, you are an incredible human being. You've made a MASSIVE contribution to ensuring the success of this project. We will send you a beautiful framed certificate, give you a special mention in the introduction of the book and of course send you a copy of the book with a handwritten note of thanks.

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Super Power Books where they're needed most

Your remarkable contribution means that places all over New Zealand such as Starship Hospital, The Champion Centre, Neo-Natal wards and hospitals will have these books available to give to new parents of Super Power Babies. You are giving these parents a burst of hope at the beginning of their daunting yet amazing journey. 75 copies of the Super Power Baby book sent all over NZ on your behalf, your name in the book and a handwritten thank you note from us.