March 21 is internationally known as World Down Syndrome Day. The idea is to give people with Down syndrome an opportunity to be heard and advocate their rights. For that reason, Daxxers joined the ‘Lots of Socks’ charity campaign.
For the second year in a row, Daxxers supported the ‘Lots of Socks’ initiative to raise funds and bring awareness to Down syndrome.
For several weeks, our colleagues were buying socks with bright prints. All the funds were donated to the Down Syndrome Charity Fund. On March 21, they put odd socks on and posted the photos of them on social media with the hashtags #LotsOfSocks and #Шкарпетуйся. In such a way, they showed their support and helped to raise awareness of World Down Syndrome Day.
Why buy and wear odd socks for World Down Syndrome Day?
Socks have become a symbol of World Down Syndrome Day. If we look at our chromosomes, we’ll notice that they actually look like socks. People with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21. In most cases, it’s caused by trisomy 21 — having three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the usual two copies, in all cells. So, wearing a pair of socks that don’t match is a small action to celebrate the difference. You can also rock the socks and join the global movement.
How can you support World Down Syndrome Day?
- The official colors for Down syndrome awareness are blue and yellow. Put on a pair of blue and yellow socks that don’t match to demonstrate that you care.
- Race for 3.21 miles. The number 3 represents the three copies of 21st chromosome, or trisomy 21, that result in Down syndrome.
- Join the ‘Lots of Socks’ or another World Down Syndrome campaign in your organization/company.
- Search for and join the events in your local community.
- Support local businesses that donate funds to the Down Syndrome Charity Fund.
- Raise awareness on social media.
- Organize photo exhibitions, workshops, and lectures bringing awareness to Down syndrome.
Would you like to learn more?
Join the global movement and support people with Down syndrome, too.
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