Albertonians celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

The CoffeeBean Café, together with the Down Syndrome Association Gauteng (TDSAG), recently organized a two-day Down Syndrome awareness campaign for children and adults with Down Syndrome to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).

It was a fun two days where 17 kids and adults with their families came out to mingle, play games and just hang out together.

Some of them also helped out by attending the tables and getting involved.

New friendships were made and a new refuge for many children and adults with Down syndrome was created.
Each adult and child with Down syndrome also received a brownie.

It was a fun two-day campaign.

“Children and adults with Down syndrome are close to my heart, and the idea was to raise their awareness and show them that there is a safe place where they can come and be themselves,” said Lyn Steenkamp, ​​​​owner. from the CoffeeBean Cafe.

“It was a success. Many new friends were made, support groups formed and old acquaintances rediscovered. Thank you to everyone who participated; we hope to see you again soon.

Machaela van der Westhuizen, Shae-Lynn Steenkamp and Dustin Genade.

“Special thanks to the Down Syndrome Association of Gauteng and the Emmerentia Developmental Center for organizing both functions.”

Why do we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day?

Front: Shae-Lynn Steenkamp, ​​Machaela van der Westhuizen and Triston de Nobrega. Back: Dustin Genade.

The goal is to educate the world about what Down syndrome is and how people with Down syndrome should be valued in their communities.

World Down Syndrome Day is a day dedicated to all people with Down Syndrome and the date of the day is the 21st day of the third month was chosen to represent the triplication of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down Syndrome . Trisomy 21 is the clinical way of saying Down syndrome, which is the third copy on the 21st chromosome. In a person without Down syndrome, there are 46 chromosomes in the human body.

On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them around the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down. syndrome.

Triston de Nobrega with his family.

Why do people with Down syndrome wear crazy socks? In 2013, Wearing Odd Socks theme was launched to raise public awareness. Over time, it was also promoted as Lots of Socks. The idea was created because chromosomes are shaped like “socks” and people with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome.

Learn more about TDSAG

The CoffeeBean Café, together with the Down Syndrome Association of Gauteng, organized a two-day Down Syndrome awareness campaign for children and adults with Down Syndrome to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

TDSAG is a registered NPO and was established in 1986. Their mission is to align their services with international trends and best practices in the field of developmental disabilities.

While most people have two copies of chromosome 21, some have three, known as Down syndrome or trisomy 21.

The organization celebrates this magical extra chromosome and all the joy and love that comes with it.

Shae-Lynn Steenkamp and Zani du Preez playing Jenga.

They are committed to working to improve the quality of life for all people born with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, to promote their inherent right to live with independence and dignity, and to be active members of their communities.

They respect religious and cultural diversity and prioritize their work in disadvantaged communities where their services can contribute to social development.

For more information contact them on 011 615 4180 or visit their website.

Ethan and Brayden from Nobrega.

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