#19 A Cuppa for World Down Syndrome Day

Today at Be. we are celebrating World Down Syndrome Day! The date (21/3) represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down Syndrome.

Well-known Sri Lankan cricketer and patron of Down Syndrome International, Muttiah Muralitharan, says that "the aims of World Down Syndrome Day are to promote awareness and understanding, seek international support, and to achieve dignity, equal rights and a better life for people with Down syndrome everywhere."  The other two patrons of Down Syndrome International are Damon Hill (1996 Formula One World Champion) and Liam Neeson (Oscar nominated actor) and together they hope to raise the profile of this day.

For the first time, in 2012 World Down Syndrome Day will also be observed by the United Nations, following a formal resolution.

The New Zealand Government will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with an afternoon tea event this afternoon hosted by NZDSA patron and Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, at Government House in Wellington.

The NZDSA has adopted the concept of tea parties as the signature event to promote World Down Syndrome Day, so have a cuppa this afternoon at home or work with some friends or colleagues, to celebrate the contribution and possibilities that those with Down syndrome bring to our world.

Two cups of tea

You can support IHC NZ or the NZDSA in the Sovereign Sunshine March online sponsorship here and click here to learn more about World Down Syndrome Day.

Click here to learn some appropriate language and facts for speaking about issues relating to Down syndrome and go here to view a video produced by Down Syndrome International for World Down Syndrome Day!