Colourful sock campaign kicks off World Down Syndrome Day

Published 10:00am 21 March 2023

Colourful sock campaign kicks off World Down Syndrome Day
Words by Jodie Powell

Down Syndrome Queensland is celebrating World Down Syndrome Day today (March 21) with its ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign.

Community engagement and fundraising manager Michael Harrison says the campaign aims to raise awareness of Down Syndrome, as well as raise funds for Down Syndrome Queensland.

“The idea behind the Lots of Socks initiative is acceptance of all our differences, and what makes us unique as an individual,” Michael says.

“Socks come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, just like each of us.”

Michael says this year’s theme for World Down Syndrome Day is “With Us Not For Us”, meaning

anyone who has a disability has the right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as

everyone else, working with others to improve their lives.

“Our community is embracing this theme wholeheartedly,” he says.

DSQ is proud to be part of a vibrant and diverse community, where individuals with Down Syndrome can flourish and be valued for their unique abilities and perspectives.”

Eye-catching designs

The designs for the Lots of Socks campaign were chosen through a national competition held by Down Syndrome Australia.

The designs, by winning artists with Down Syndrome Mark Polonsky and Josie McAndrew, incorporate an Australiana theme, with Mark’s design inspired by his love for animals and Josie’s a tribute to Australian music legend Keith Urban.

“Funds raised allow us to continue to support, advocate for and empower people with Down Syndrome to take their rightful place as valuable and contributing members of society,” Michael says.

How to buy your socks

He says celebrations for World Down Syndrome Day started early, with DSQ staging a pop-up coffee stand at Queensland Parliament House, with the coffee made by a member with Down

Syndrome.

“We have also taken part in the Brisbane Broncos pre-match press conference, where one of

our members took the opportunity to ask coach Kevin Walters several interesting questions, and children with Down Syndrome ran on with the players at the Broncos v Dragons match on March 18.”

Down Syndrome Queensland Patron Dr Jennette Young will today host the Down Syndrome community at Government House to acknowledge the special day.

“World Down Syndrome Day is an opportunity to advocate for the rights of individuals with Down

syndrome, including access to education, employment, and healthcare,” Michael explains.

“We believe that everyone deserves the same opportunities and rights, and we will continue to work towards this goal.

“Together, we can create a world where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.”

Support Down Syndrome Queensland by buying socks for the Lots of Socks campaign here.

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