Gozo event at Villa Rundle to mark World Down Syndrome Day
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The Ministry for Gozo organised an event at the Villa Rundle Gardens to mark the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day.
Attending the activity were children from various schools as well as clients of Agenzija Sapport and the Santa Marta Day Centre.
During the event the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana spoke with the children about the need for awareness of down syndrome, together with promoting full inclusion among children from an early age.
For this occasion the children wore odd socks in many different colours symbolising diversity. WDSD has a different theme each year and odd socks were chosen as the symbol because chromosomes are shaped like socks and people with Down syndrome are born with an extra one.
The Ministry said that all the children joined together with their different abilities to participate in the activity.
Dr Caruana encouraged children to take an interest in this type of occasion, “so we can truly live the spirit of inclusion where every child is given an opportunity.”
She added that the Ministry is committed to continue to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate fully in society.
Justyne Caruana thanked the Principal of Gozo College Denise Dr Mifsud, for its involvement in this event, as well as all those voluntary organisations that participated.
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri