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Take a step toward inclusion at Down Syndrome Association's fundraising walk Nov. 3

'Your participation acknowledges that those with Down syndrome are part of our diversity'
Angele Cheniere (left) and Andrew Jackson (right) at the Go21 Sudbury Walk. (File)

The Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury (DSAS) will be hosting its sixth annual Go21 Walk Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lockerby Composite School, as part of Canadian Down Syndrome Awareness Week.

Go21 is a free event introduced by DSAS to raise funds for members and their families, as well as awareness for Down syndrome and the value of those who live with the disorder. 

The walk will be led by the 2912 Sudbury Irish Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Pipe and Drum Band, who will direct participants from the high school to Walford Road, then left onto Paris Street until Centennial Drive, where they will circle back to Lockerby Composite. 

Participants will be joined by members of the Sudbury Wolves and the Greater Sudbury Police Service. 

Following the walk, the school will be hosting a pizza lunch with cake, inflatables, face painting, balloons and appearances from special guests. 

"We are all committed to making Sudbury an inclusive and welcoming community," said Julie Contini, a representative of the DSAS in a press release. 

"Your participation acknowledges that those with Down syndrome are part of our diversity, and reminds all of us that they are willing and able to be and continue being valued, contributing members of our city.”

The DSAS offers a variety of services, including support to parents of a newborn child with Down syndrome, financial assistance for specialized equipment and therapy, conferences and resources. 

In addition, the DSAS has helped facilitate the employment of many motivated and capable adult members of the Down syndrome community in Greater Sudbury. 

Find more information on the DSAS by visiting their website or Facebook page.