Will you rock your socks off for Offaly Down Syndrome?
Offaly Down Syndrome is inviting the schools and businesses of Offaly to hold a “Rock Your Socks” event for World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday, March 21.
Every year on this day, Down Syndrome Associations around the world invite people to wear the loudest, craziest, oddest socks they can get their hands and feet on.
This day is an opportunity to raise awareness and to help educate the younger people of Offaly about what Down Syndrome really is (and isn’t) and help erase the stigma surrounding it.
It is also an amazing opportunity to raise some much-needed funds, which help towards employing teachers for home-schooling, assisting families who have just started their Down Syndrome Journey, hold social events for families, and also help financing education seminars.
Offaly Down Syndrome advocates for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of individuals with Down Syndrome. Through parent-led advocacy and partnering with like-minded organisations, it encourages young people with Down Syndrome to develop self determination.
This year, Offaly Down Syndrome are asking for a donation of just €2 from each student. For this, they can wear their own bright and colourful, striped, mismatched or even long socks to help raise funds for Offaly Down Syndrome, whilst at the same time making a statement.
It’s not just schools that can take part, Offaly Down Syndrome is also looking for companies to get involved too. Just wake up on the morning of Thursday, March 21 and wear your stripy/odd/loud/long socks with pride.
Donations can be made to Offaly Down Syndrome's Gofundme page at www.gofundme.com/downsyndromeoffaly.
Everyone who takes part can show their colours and get involved with World Down Syndrome Day. It's easy.
Take pictures wearing your cool socks and share them on the Facebook using the hashtag #RockYourSocks4ODS so everyone can see your love, support and awareness.