16 MARCH 2020: 12.15PM

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BUDDY WALK 2020 UPDATE FROM THE AUCKLAND DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION CHAIR, ANGELA OWEN:

Dear ADSA Community

In light of recent and fast changing developments with COVID-19 we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Auckland 2020 Buddy Walk. 

We are deeply disappointed as it is a wonderful day to get together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day – however the health of our Down syndrome community, our volunteers and our suppliers must come first and we too must play our part in working to slow down the spread of this virus in the general community.

We would like to say a big think you to our Buddy Walk organising committee, most particularly our event co-ordinator Emily Flynn, for putting Buddy Walk together. We know how much hard work has gone on behind the scenes, and how sad everyone is to have to make this decision.   

We would also like to say thank you to all the volunteers, the suppliers, the sponsors, the stage team and our especially our young entrepreneurs who have worked hard to come and sell their goods at Buddy Walk. We are planning on working on an alternative way for you to show off your skills and talents and sell your goods and we will keep you updated on this as we work it out.

A big thank you also to the Auckland Council for their ongoing support of this event!

Please keep monitoring ADSA’s Facebook page and our website for news about the online fundraising auction we will hold in lieu of our Buddy Walk silent auction and also the raffle which will be drawn as soon as we have collected all the tickets. We will also be in contact with our Everyday Hero fundraisers. Further information will be posted as we finalise the plans.

We plan to be back with Buddy Walk in 2021, bigger and better. So keep Sunday 21st March 2021 free! 

Finally, please don’t forget to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this Saturday, 21st March. We may not be able to get together for Buddy Walk, but as a community we can still celebrate with our friends and family. Please send us your World Down Syndrome Day celebration pictures so that we can post them on the ADSA Facebook and Instagram pages and in Outlook.

Kia kaha all, keep safe!

Angela Owen
ADSA Chairperson