What is World Down Syndrome Day?
World Down Syndrome Day is on 21st March. This date – the 21st day of the 3rd month – represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down syndrome. This year marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, which is officially recognized by the United Nations.
Looking back at our 2018 campaign – the biggest and best yet!
Rock your socks…
Was our awarness-raising message this year for WDSD 2018, using the widely adopted emblem of odd socks (not because people with DS are odd! But that odd socks are often said to resemble the chromosomes which play such a unique part in the Down’s Syndrome condition) to raise awareness of the wonderful achievements and great potential of those with DS in our community. And so many of you joined in and wore them in your homes, offices and schools which is fabulous and not to mention a lot of fun!
Gingerbread Sock Biscuits
Now in it’s third year, our gingerbread sock biscuits, originally conceived and created by the daughter & dad team of Emma & Chris Harris, just keep on selling and selling! And this year saw us deliver over 30’000 biscuits to some sixty six schools across the cheshire region. This also led us to engage 10’000+ school children through our 2018 WDSD awareness roadshows which was such a wonderful opportunity to educate, promote and champion the potential of all of those who we support.
Get Up For Down’s
Building on the success of last year’s call to action, this year saw loads more of you getting up, getting out and running, walking, cycling & swimming thousands of miles and kilometers for Down’s Syndome which was simply amazing. We asked you to sign up and make a personal commitment to cover 213 (2-1-3 reminds us that those with Down’ s Syndrome all share a 21st chromosome pair with an extra 3rd chromsosome which is unique to the DS community) miles or kilometers between January 1st and World Down’s Syndrome Day on March 21st. Many people taking part were also very generously sponsored which made a huge difference to the fundraising, including match-funding, that we received.
Charity Dog Walk
We didn’t want to leave our four-legged friends out of the fun this year which is why we created our first ever charity dog walk. Owners paid a £1 to join in and spend a wonderful couple of hours walking their lovely pooches around the beautiful Cheshire countryside of Marbury Park. The event was also supported by the Willows Veterinary Hospital, Hartford, as well as Oscars Dog Foods and local dog trainers. This was a fantastic day and one we’re sure to repeat in future years.
So, what has all of this meant?
The fantatstic response to this year’s campaign, which saw many individual and business supporters taking it upon themselves to raise awareness and funds by holding all manner of different events, meant we raised a staggering £31’004.04!
We will use every penny of this to continue providing the support we do to over 100 children with Down’s syndrome and their families in and around Cheshire. It will also mean we can carry on supporting schools and other regional organisations and help them to promote the use of best practice strategies and raise awareness to unlock the potential of people with Down’s syndrome locally.
To all our Awareness 2018 supporters…