World Down Syndrome Day events at Monaghan Institute
Monaghan Institute caretaker, John Murray, is taking part in the Hell and Back challenge this year and is raising funds for the new Carrickmacross Down Syndrome Unit. Staff and students have been sponsoring John for this event.
As world Down Syndrome Day took place on Wednesday 21st March, Staff and Students at Monaghan Institute were invited to ROCK Your SOCKS (wearing mismatched socks) on the day, to raise awareness of Down Syndrome. The Student Union also prepared a quick student challenge fundraiser, which took place in the MI Canteen at 11am.
John expressed his thanks to all those who have already kindly sponsored him. We wish him well in his training preparation for Hell and Back and in supporting this brilliant cause.
Down Syndrome International Day aims to:
- Explain how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and political life, culture, media, recreation, leisure and sport;
- Explain how negative attitudes and a lack of knowledge about their potential as individuals prevent people with Down syndrome from having opportunities to make contributions;
- Empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for their rights and opportunities to make meaningful contributions and
- Reach out to key stakeholders including educators, employers, public authorities, media and the wider community to ensure they see the benefits of enabling people with Down syndrome to make meaningful contributions and encourage these stakeholders to bring about change and disseminate this message.
This campaign encourages everyone around the world to do the same.