World Down Syndrome Day is observed on 21 March each year to raise public awareness of Down syndrome. Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Around 1 in every 800 babies will be born with this condition. Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.
At Sunbeam we believe in equity, inclusion and allyship. We recognize and support the rights of people with Down Syndrome. On March 21 we joined our voices with all the other voices raised around the globe to create a single amplified voice and advocate for the inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome. Our staff wore their most noticeable socks as part of the “Lots of Socks Campaign”. The idea behind this campaign is to start a conversation around Down Syndrome and bring awareness to the community about it.
Here are some pictures from the day.