Friday 24 May, 2019

Jamaica Down’s Syndrome Foundation fundraiser set for March 17

Funds raised will help families with the necessary educational items, medications and other necessities to make it easier to care for their children with the condition.

Funds raised will help families with the necessary educational items, medications and other necessities to make it easier to care for their children with the condition.

Jamaica Down’s Syndrome Foundation (JDSF) will on Sunday, March 17 host its fourth annual fund-raising variety concert at the Campion College Auditorium, 105 Hope Road in Kingston.

The JDSF is a nonprofit organization established on October 26, 2007. They became a member of Down Syndrome International (DSI) and were signatories to the 2011 successful appeal of DSI to the United Nations to recognize March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).

To bring awareness, the JDSF held their first annual Lift Up Downs Benefit Concert in March 2016.  Due to its success, this event has become an annual project of the foundation and the funds raised will allow to better help families with the necessary educational items, medications and other necessities to make it easier to care for their children with the condition.

“Every year DSI formulates a theme for WDSD. This year the theme is “Leave no one behind”, explained Dr. Charmaine Scott, founder and director of JDSF.

“People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity for children with Down Syndrome to participate fully in their communities, thus preparing them for life as adults. Adults with Down syndrome must be given the opportunity to work and participate with confidence and individual autonomy in society.”

The event will be hosted by Dr Mario Evon and will feature performances from Dr. Micheal Abrahams , Mike Bennet & Friends , The JCF Choir , The Music House and the Kids with Down Syndrome .

 

With this fundraiser the goal is to:

● Establish and maintain a database of families with children living with Down

Syndrome

● Provide emotional support and connect families to better enable them to face the

challenges they will encounter in raising a child with Down Syndrome

● Increase social awareness and acceptance of the condition by providing educational

material and seminars for families and health care providers, teachers, and the

general public

● Guide caregivers to make the best use of available resources

● Establish a resource/activity centre for children with Down Syndrome

 

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