Issued on Monday 19 October 2015
St. Ann's Rangers head coach Angus Eve and some of his players and staff traded the football field last Sunday to take part in the Down Syndrome Family Network (DSFN) Buddy Walk 2015, an effort to raise awareness for Down syndrome.
Sunday’s proceedings got underway at 2 pm, with Minister of Health, Mr. Terrence Deyalsingh, and Mrs. Sharon Rowley, wife of recently elected Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley, releasing 21 balloons at the starting point of the walk – in correlation with chromosome 21 which is associated to the cause of Down syndrome.
Down syndrome (DS or DNS) or Down’s syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.
With its tagline “Building Awareness Step By Step”, the event saw Rangers head coach Angus Eve and his technical Staff, along with members of Rangers' senior team make a lap around Nelson Mandela Park (formerly King George V), before the event made its way to the Queen's Park Oval (Car Park) for a concert, family activities, and other live entertainment.
“The Buddy Walk is a fantastic initiative,” expressed Eve. “The players, staff and myself felt privileged to be a part of the effort to raise awareness for Down syndrome. The issue of Down syndrome is one of great importance, and we should all continue to do whatever we can to support initiatives such as this.”
Education and proper care have been shown to improve quality of life. Some children with Down syndrome are educated in typical school classes, while others require more specialized education. Down syndrome is one of the most common chromosome abnormalities in humans, occurring in about one per 1000 babies born each year.