World Down's Syndrome Day
Show your support and don your finest mismatched socks...
At the start of this year EYFSHome teamed up with premiership rugby player Jack Maunder and Children's author Sarah Griffiths to launch our book Bounce Back Jack, profits from the book are being donated to Jack chosen charity; The Down's Syndrome Association. To continue our support for the charity, Jack and the team at EYFSHome are supporting World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March.
We’re encouraging people to don their finest ‘mismatched socks’ for the occasion.. but why? Because chromosomes look like socks, and people who have Down’s Syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21. People use the hashtag #LotsOfSocks on social media to show their support and we’d love it if you did too! You can wear mismatched socks found from home, or you can support the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) and buy their official socks here.
You can also raise money for the charity by taking part in Challenge 21. Starting on March 1st, what can you challenge yourself to do for 21 days? 21 press-ups a day, 21 days without chocolate, or maybe you could undertake 21 days of kindness or 21 days of new things. More information about their awareness week and ideas can be found on their website.
World Down Syndrome Day has been observed by the United Nations since 2012. It has grown globally and each year the voices of people who have Down’s Syndrome are heard louder. By educating people across the world about Down’s Syndrome and celebrating the vital role people who have the condition play in our lives and communities, we can help to make sure more people advocate for the rights and inclusion of people who have Down’s Syndrome. Because World Down Syndrome Day falls on a Sunday this year, we’ll be celebrating and raising awareness all week, from Monday 15 March through to Sunday 21 March.