World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated all over the world on March 21 each year.
Down Syndrome Centre Midlands (DSCM) are hoping to celebrate the day and increase awareness of the Down syndrome community to as many people as possible.
Each year DSCM celebrates by running a “Sock it” campaign all around the Midlands area.
Socks resemble the 46 chromosomes that make up the DNA of a person.
In the case of people with Down syndrome, they have 47 chromosomes.
So to celebrate that extra unique chromosome, wear funky, colorful socks on the March 21.
Schools, preschools, businesses, shops, clubs, at work or just at home all over the Midlands and all over the world will be wearing funky, colorful socks to celebrate this special day of celebrations and also fundraising for the Down syndrome Centre Midlands.
DSCM is a non-profit charity run by volunteer parents of children and adults with Down syndrome since 2016.
They receive no government funding and provide essential therapies and services to over 70 families with DS all over the Midlands.
Their services are paid for through fundraising events and by the generosity of the people of the Midlands.
If you wish to fund raise DSCM can help you get sorted with their fundraising pack filled with posters activities and awareness facts about Down Syndrome and about the DSCM based in Bellingham, Portlaoise.
Contact them through their email; email@example.com or on their Facebook page.
They will send out their WDSD fundraising pack to you.
Money raised will go towards subsidising therapies and services costs to the families of the DSCM.
They are kicking off their WDSD celebrations on Friday March 20 by hosting a coffee morning in the Parish Centre after 10 o’clock mass.
So go have a cuppa, cake and a chat with them and join in on their WDSD celebrations.