THE Portlaoise-based Down Syndrome Centre Midlands (DSCM) will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on Saturday 21 March.
The annual occasion is celebrated all over the world to increase the awareness of Down Syndrome.
Each year, DSCM celebrates the day by hosting a ‘Sock it’ campaign in the midlands.
‘Socks,’ according to DSCM public relations officer Lynda Donoghue, “resembles the 46 chromosomes that comprise a person’s DNA. In the case of people with Down Syndrome, they have 47 chromosomes, so to celebrate that extra chromosome, we wear funky, colourful socks on the day.
“People in schools, preschools, businesses, shops, clubs, at work or just at home all over the midlands and all over the world will be wearing funky, colourful socks to celebrate our special day and also fundraising for DSCM.
Down Syndrome Centre Midlands is a non-profit charity run by volunteer parents of children and adults with Down Syndrome since 2016. It receives no government funding and provides essential therapies and services to more than 70 families with Down Syndrome all over the midlands. The services are paid for through fundraising events and by the generosity of the people.
Ms Donoghue said: “To the numerous businesses, clubs and schools that took part in last year’s campaign, we thank you for your amazing support and hope to have your continued support again this year. If new to the campaign, we would love your support. No need to worry about what to do, we can help you get sorted with our fundraising pack filled with posters, activities and awareness facts about Down Syndrome and about the DSCM based in Bellingham, Portlaoise or by emailing [email protected] and we will send out our fundraising pack to you. Money raised will go towards subsidising the cost of therapies and services to the families of the DSCM.
“We are kicking off our WDSD celebrations on Friday 20 March by hosting a coffee morning in Portlaoise Parish Centre after 10am Mass,” said Ms Donoghue.