It’s World Down Syndrome Day 2014 #WDSD14 this Friday, the 21st March and I wanted to help spread the word on the importance of supporting this special day.
My friend, blogger and advocate Hayley Goleniowska of Downs Side Up and mother to two beautiful daughters, one of those is Natty who has Down’s Syndrome, first brought the day to my attention.
Hayley and her blog offer many vital support and information on Down’s Syndrome and Natty models frequently, making change every day.
Hayley kindly asks we take a little time to support and celebrate Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21) this Friday, the achievements of parents and children with the condition, aiding to help break down the myths and highlight the challenges so many face.
Importantly, it’s also a chance to raise much-needed money for the charities that carry out vital medical and educational research, train midwives and other professionals, set up work programmes, speech and language therapy sessions and crucially, support families.
Down Syndrome International (DSi) lead World Down Syndrome Day each year, and are requesting we wear colourful and unusual socks and tights, or clothing on Friday, to symbolise how very varied and unique we all are-
Tweets with hashtags #LotsOfSocks and #WDSD14 will be used across all social media, encouraging selfies and a standard £1 donation.
To get involved, simply take a photo of yourself, your family, friends, pets or colleagues wearing funky socks, post it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr or your work/school noticeboard and encourage others to share and do the same, not forgetting to donate £1 via mobile phone.
It takes seconds to do.
Hayley has set up a number to text too so it couldn’t be simpler:
SOCK77 £1 to 70070
She has also created a team fundraising page on Just Giving.
Repixl.com is also running a photo competition for parents with Down syndrome babies, toddlers and children after Mark Stringer, co-founder and technical director of Repixl, became father to stunning Amelie Cadence Stringer above, who, in his words, “is beautiful and wonderful, and everything that a 2 month old baby girl should be”.
On Friday, Repixl is launching the competition to help raise awareness of the syndrome and in the words of WDSD, to try to “make the voice of people with Down syndrome louder”.
Mark says, “As any parent of a DS child will tell you, they’re the happiest kids around. So we’d like our contribution to WDSD to be raising awareness of DS, both through this competition and through publication of a “Cute Down Syndrome Kids and their Pets” list afterwards.” says Mark.
A winner will be selected on Monday 24th March. The winning photo will be featured on the Repixl homepage for at least 1 month and their favourites will be used in an upcoming “Cute Down Syndrome Kids and their Pets” blog post.
The competition entry details and rules can be found on the blog post
Please spread the word, get your socks on and donate this Friday!