21st March 2015 is the 10th anniversary for World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation started observing and celebrating WDSD since 2006, the inaugural World Down Syndrome Day.
In the early years during World Down Syndrome Day, the KDSF-National Centre would organized talks in the medical Centres and our students would perform and showcase their talents. Our aim is to give awareness to new parents, medical staff and the public on Down Syndrome and to highlight the programme that we provide, the Early Intervention Programme.
However for the recent years World Down Syndrome Day celebration involves taking our students, their parents and siblings to excursions and experiential field trips. This year our event was entitled “Walk & Snap” Down in KL Birdpark. Each of our students must invite a buddy (12 years or above) to join them to “walk” and “snap photos” based on the tasks given in the Birdpark. Besides giving our students a chance to explore at the Birdpark, it also provided opportunities for the “buddies” to get to know and interact with our students with Down Syndrome.
The day begun with the parents and the children warming-up to Music Movement activities. The buddies later joined them and had a “getting to know you” session, they jointly put their hand prints on the WDSD fan.
Though tired the children and their family enjoyed the day at the Birdpark. The buddies for our students had a better understanding on how to interact with children with Down Syndrome. Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
All the Centres of the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation(KDSF) had their own celebration and events. KDSF-JB Centre organized the Buddy Walk, KDSF-Klang Centre had a party for all the children and their families and KDSF- Melaka Centre had an awareness campaign at Mahkota Medical Centre.
For more information on the global World Down Syndrome Day celebration visit https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/wdsd-2015