Like every year, World Down Syndrome Day 2019 was celebrated on the 21st of March. World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness event, which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
The official #LotsOfSocks onWorld Down Syndrome Day 2019
Each year, Down Syndrome International creates a new official #LotsOfSocks design and the socks are sold around the world to raise awareness and spread the word. In 2019, over 32,000 pairs were sold!
Like many other companies and individuals, the Big Wipes team got involved in World Down Syndrome Day 2019 by wearing brightly coloured, mis-matched socks and taking pictures and videos and posting them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #LotsOfSocks, #WorldDownSyndromeDay and #WDSD19.
#Leave No-One Behind
Not only does the global community celebrate Down’s syndrome by wearing the socks, World Down Syndrome day also allows focus on a particular issue. This year, the global theme was “Leave no one behind”. 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.
During the March awareness week, The Down Syndrome Association (DSA) joined DSi (Down Syndrome International) and other organisations, families and communities around the world to celebrate the achievements of people with Down’s syndrome, telling their stories and amplifying their voices. It is imperative that we, as a society, need to make sure that we #LeaveNoOneBehind.
World Down Syndrome Day 2019 was such a success that #LotsOfSocks socks and WDSD T-shirts will already be available for World Down Syndrome Day 2020 from the WDSD shop towards the end of this year.