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Rock your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day on Monday March 21



Rock Your Socks campaign takes place on World Down Syndrome Day to raise awareness for people with down syndrome.

Rock your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day on Monday, March 21

By I Love Limerick correspondent Caoimhe Siochru

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Richard Lynch, I Love Limerick pictured with Ellen Leacy, Chairperson of Down Syndrome Limerick.




Join Down Syndrome Limerick on Monday, March 21 and Rock Your Socks to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! Wear any cool, odd, or quirky socks (or tights) for the celebration.

Down Syndrome Limerick is a local charity based in Castletroy which supports over 150 children and adults with Down syndrome. The charity is managed by parents voluntarily. They are an associated branch of Down Syndrome Ireland which is celebrating 50 years in existence this year! They provide essential therapies such as Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy, provide training to parents, teachers and SNAs and run adult education programmes that provide their members with the necessary skills to gain meaningful employment.

Down Syndrome Limerick are inviting schools, creches, training centres, workplaces, cafes, libraries, sports clubs, nursing homes and our public representatives to wear the quirkiest socks you own to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!

The theme of this year’s Rock Your Socks event is inclusion and Down Syndrome Limerick is highlighting the importance of inclusion at any age.

Ellen Leacy, the chairperson of Down Syndrome Limerick told I Love Limerick, “The Rock Your Socks campaign is something that is traditionally done for World Down Syndrome Day. It’s a day of raising awareness for people with intellectual disabilities, specifically people with down syndrome, and its to celebrate difference, uniqueness and to add a little bit of colour into our lives. It’s a great day of celebration and we ask schools, creches and businesses to get involved and tag us on social media with pictures of them wearing their cool socks.”

“People can also donate if they wish, but we know that funds are tight at the moment and a lot of people are giving to the Ukraine which is a very worthy cause. For us raising awareness (about down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities) is just as important”

Down Syndrome Limerick are also hosting an event for their own members on World Down Syndrome Day. Ellen added, “It will be a social event in The Treehouse at the Woodlands in Adare, where a lot of our members are coming together for the first time since the pandemic began so it will be a great day of celebration for us at Down Syndrome Limerick!”

Limerick City and County Council headquarters are lighting their building up in the colour purple on World Down Syndrome Day in the honour of Down Syndrome Limerick.

For more information on the event, contact Down Syndrome Limerick by their email [email protected] or direct message them on their Instagram page @down_syndrome_limerick. Donations can also be made to the organisation for Down Syndrome Limerick on their website.

Rock your socks on social media. You can tag Down Syndrome Limerick to show off your extraordinary socks with the hashtag #inclusionateveryage.

For more stories on Down Syndrome Limerick go HERE 

For more information on Down Syndrome Limerick go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.