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$121,588,222 raised for NZ schools, clubs and groups since 1974

Downlights Candles story

Burning Brighter Together

Downlights Candles team photoHi, my name is Emma Sykes. I am 22 and have Down Syndrome. Since leaving school, I found it difficult to find employment. My Dad, Tony was self-employed and suggested we start our own candle making business. We started to do some trials with fragrant soy candles and soon realised we needed some advice. Lots of it!

Fortunately, we were introduced to Jennifer from illumina. We met her to gain some insights into the world of candle making and thanks to her generous and supportive help, together we have created a whole new company: DOWNLIGHTS. I am now involved in the manufacturing, packaging, sale and distribution of beautiful scented soy candles, co-produced with illumina in NZ.

We want to be able to expand and employ others with Down Syndrome so we have teamed up with Interworld Fundraising to take DOWNLIGHTS nationwide as a fundraising tool for schools and community groups.

Please see our latest Fundraising Candles