ADSA’s celebration for World Down Syndrome Day

#LeaveNoOneBehind All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.

Leave No One Behind is the key message behind Down Syndrome International’s 2019 World Down Syndrome Day campaign. At Buddy Walk we witnessed the support, opportunities and independence that many people are providing for our members with Down syndrome.

We hope you enjoyed the following stalls

  • Laura Harkins with her homemade soaps
  • Emily Leech, promoting and selling Pets Rock products

And also the amazing performances of

  • MC Edward Borkin
  • The Heroez Cheerleading group
  • Dancer Jade Laughton
  • Singer and performer Emma Ferens, and more

The walk was the highlight of the day

After a pre-walk warm-up by JUMP JAM at 10.00am we started the 3.5km walk. Along the route volunteers provided encouragement while a selection of superheroes delighted the kids all the way to the end. At the finish line everyone got a certificate and a banana.

For the young, there was a special pre-school play area supported by the Ellerslie Toy Library, farm animals and rabbits to pet and feed, four bouncy castles, three climbing walls, a merry-go-round, 4×4 jeeps, the amazing magician Magic Maize, face-painters, and representatives from Special Olympics who spoke to members about the various sports and events they run and the fun environment they offer.

There was plenty of food for sale

There was also the popular sausage sizzle with bacon butties, a well-stocked cake stall with lots of gluten-free options, two food trucks selling crepes and gluten-free pasta, and cold drinks. The Cookie Project, a social enterprise that employs people with disabilities, also had a stall selling their delicious butter cookies.

Lots of fundraising opportunities

To help fundraise on the day, we had the silent auction and the raffle with seven fabulous prizes. The $5 Lucky Dip bags were popular, as were the new I AM ME t-shirts. We also had ten members supporting fundraising efforts via Everyday Hero, together raising over $10,000.

Thank you to Diane Burnett for providing the content for this article.