World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on 21st March every year to raise awareness about Down syndrome, a genetic condition that affects around one in every 1000 babies born in the UK. The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is leading the charge for this year’s celebrations with their #LotsofSocks campaign.
Extra Chromosome 21
The #LotsofSocks campaign encourages people to wear brightly coloured or patterned socks to raise awareness and show their support for people with Down syndrome. The idea behind using socks is that chromosomes, which carry our genetic information, look like pairs of socks. The typical person is born with 23 pairs of chromosomes; individuals with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome added in, which means they have three of chromosome 21 instead of two.
Wearing odd socks with vibrant colours and designs is a fun way to celebrate the uniqueness of people with Down syndrome and raise awareness. The campaign also promotes inclusivity and diversity, encouraging people to embrace and celebrate differences.
In addition to wearing socks, the DSA encourages people to share their photos on social media with the hashtag #LotsofSocks. This will help spread the word and raise awareness about Down syndrome across the UK.
Supporting people with Down syndrome and their families
The DSA is a charity that supports people with Down syndrome and their families. They provide information, advice, and support from diagnosis throughout childhood and adulthood. They also work to raise awareness of this genetic condition and campaign for the rights of people with Down syndrome to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as others #Withusnotforus
Rock our Socks for World Down Syndrome Day
Auctus Management Group will join team member Sarah Rowlands, whose daughter Maisie was born with Down Syndrome, to rock our socks to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!
Sarah commented, “The #LotsofSocks campaign is a fantastic way to show support for individuals with Down Syndrome by promoting inclusivity and diversity. In wearing colourful socks, you will be helping to raise much-needed awareness and showing your commitment to supporting families, friends and peers with Down Syndrome.”
So, remember to wear your brightest socks on 21st March and share your photos on social media. If you want to buy a pair of socks to support the DSA, visit their shop.