Hundreds of twins and triplets gathered to celebrate the magic of ‘multiplicity’.
The triennial festival, held this year at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, is a rare opportunity for twins, triplets and their families to all come together and share the special experiences that being a multiple – or parenting a multiple - entails.
Betsy, who along with her triplet sisters ‘Floss’ and ‘Dot’ won the oldest multiples competition, thought it was “just a wonderful, wonderful day. Just loved the triplets like us and all the twins too”.
Co-hosted with the Australian Multiple Birth Association, the festival is the largest gathering of multiples in the southern hemisphere. The festival is a fantastic social event, with twins and triplets connecting from all around Australia – and overseas. It also helps to raise awareness of the support services that are available to families and to showcase the unique contribution twins can make to health and medical research.
This year’s festival saw a record number of research exhibits with 11 different research projects recruiting on the day. Attending the festival provided multiples and their families with an opportunity to learn more about what research participation entails – removing some of the mystique that can often surround the research process. It also enabled twins to meet and ask questions of the researchers involved in some of the studies they may have participated in.
We would like to thank all of the twins, triplets and their families who came along and helped us celebrate – and a particular thank you to all of our volunteers who so generously gave their time to help make the day such a success.
See below for some of the action from the day.