World Down's Syndrome Day 2011 – March 20th
The Rotaract District 3220 with the Kosala Dullewa Foundation

World Down Syndrome Day started on the 21st of March 2006 by Down Syndrome International (DSI), is a day to spread awareness of Down syndrome throughout the world and to honor Dr. Lejeune the physician who discovered the chromosomal basis for this disorder. The date was selected by Down Syndrome International to signify the uniqueness of Down syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome and is used synonymously with Down syndrome. The original idea was proposed by Stylianos E. Antonarakis, a medical geneticist of the University of Geneva Medical School.

The annual observance of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) aims to promote awareness and understanding of Down syndrome and related issues: and to mobilize support and recognition of the dignity, rights and well being of persons with Down syndrome.
Past WDSD activities have had a tremendous impact, as it showcases the abilities, talents and accomplishments of persons with Down syndrome. Celebrating WDSD proactively has empowered persons with Down syndrome and their communities globally. Many have partnered and engaged with civil society & youth with positive outcomes.

The Kosala Dullewa Foundation was the first association to organize a Down Syndrome Day Celebration in Sri Lanka in the year 2007. The commemoration was a full day event which consisted of three main projects. A walk which was able to attract nearly 1000 participant, a health clinic for the children with special needs and a variety show which was staged by the children from the Kosala Dullewa Foundation. The event was a great success as it was able to draw participants from far as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Hambantota, Batticlo etc. The enthusiasm of parents and care-givers of these children and the interest of the children to participate in the activities that were lined up for them was quite amazing. This enthusiasm has led the trustees of KDF to make the commemoration of the WDSD an annual event.

In order to commemorate the World Down Syndrome Day for the year 2011 the Kosala Dullewa Foundation will join hands with the Rotaract District 3220 on Sunday 20th of March 2011 at Royal College, Colombo.

This year the Kosala Dullewa Foundation together with the Rotract District 3220 will be jointly organizing “World Down Syndrome Day – Sri Lanka 2011” on the 20th of March 2011 at Royal College, Colombo. The project will be jointly hosted by the Rotaract Clubs of University of Colombo Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Management & Finance, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa and University of Peradeniya.

The commemoration this time around will also be a full day event consisting of four different projects, a walk, a medical clinic, a variety show and an Art Exhibition.

WDSD Walk
The walk plays a pivotal role in creating public awareness. The parade is planned to commence at around 8.30 am near the Independence Memorial Hall and proceed to Royal College Colombo along the main road. Upon arrival at the Royal College entrance refreshments will be served to the children & the registrations for the day’s activities and follow up programmes will be done simultaneously.

Health Camp
Health Camp will commence thereafter & it is proposed to conduct following camps for the children.
Pediatric general
Eye
ENT
Dental
Skin
Cardiology

The health clinic will be headed by specialist doctors and will be assisted by volunteer final year medical students from the medical faculties of University of Colombo and University of Peradeniya.

Variety Show
Variety show of KDF children will be the main attraction. Children who come forward to perform their own acts would be accommodated to display their talents. This would be approximately 3 hours of entertainment for children, parents, care givers and others who are present.

Art Exhibition
An art exhibition of Children with Downs Syndrome will be held at the Royal College premises on the day of this event. Best art work(s) will be given prizes at the end of the variety show.


WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY - AGENDA

March 20, 2011 • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kosala Dullewa Foundation with the Rotaract District 3220


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Walk
Starting from near the Independence Memoeial Hall


9:30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Health Camp & Art Exhibition
Royal College Facility


12.30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch
Free lunch for all participants
Royal College Facility


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
Of the Arts Competition


3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Variety Show
KDF children’s performance