Gozo event held to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2019
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To mark the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day, which is celebrated on the 21st of March, the Ministry for Gozo organised an activity to help raise further awareness.
Children from various schools, as well as clients of the Santa Marta Day Centre attended the event, which was held at the Gozo Sports Complex.
The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana spoke with the children about the need for awareness of down syndrome, the significance of this day and the thoughts behind the different coloured socks campaign
The children wore odd socks in many different colours symbolising diversity. WDSD has said that odd socks were chosen as a symbol because chromosomes are shaped like socks and people with Down syndrome are born with an extra one.All the children joined together with their different abilities to participate in yesterday’s activity, the Ministry said.
Minister Caruana encouraged the 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 equal opportunity.”
Dr Caruana took part in the organised activities, saying they were made “in an atmosphere of joy and with a strong sense of inclusion.”
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri