National Down Syndrome Awareness Day- 20 October
Thursday 20th October marks National Down Syndrome Day (NDSD), designated by our late President Mr Nelson Mandela to create awareness about Down syndrome. Down syndrome (known as Trisomy 21) is the most common and naturally occurring chromosomal genetic condition and is the largest single cause of intellectual disabilities. In South Africa, one in every 500 live births is a baby born with Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome South Africa (known as DSSA), established in 1986 as a non-profit organisation celebrates its 30th Birthday and the theme for this year is FAMILIES, what better way to kick off the celebration for this year’s commemoration than to honour the heroic efforts of all the families that have fought for the constitutional rights of their children with Down syndrome.
VISION: To ensure equal access, dignity and respect for all persons with Down syndrome.
MISSION: Improve the quality of life of persons with and affected by Down syndrome.
AIM: To be the driver of change in changing pubic perception around Down syndrome and to empower persons with Down syndrome and their families.
DOWN SYNDROME SOUTH AFRICA has regional branches/support groups across the country that will be hosting activities to celebrate National Down Syndrome Day. These awareness days play an important part in the positive shifts in attitudes towards persons with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.
How can you make a difference and show your support? - We ask that you please support our “High Tea”, a fundraising event on the 29th October 2016 at R250 per ticket or R2000 for a table of 10. For more information please refer to invite.
Funds raised from this initiative will go towards supporting programmes in our outreach support groups in disadvantaged areas by providing support services to those who need this most.
Contact Ancella Ramjas, National Director at Down Syndrome South Africa on
0861 369 672. For more information please visit our website: www.downsyndrome.org.za