03 Oct 2022

Laois based group wants everyone in stripy socks for World Down Syndrome Day

Laois based group  wants everyone in stripy socks for World Down Syndrome Day

Leah Byrne and her schoolpals rocking their socks at Ratheniska NS in 2019 in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre Midlands charity

This Saturday March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day and a Laois based charity is asking everyone to wear stripy socks.

Covid-19 restrictions have caused the cancellation of many services by the Down Syndrome Centre Midlands charity, as well as a coffee morning that was to be held on World Down Syndrome Day in Portlaoise Parish Centre.

The group has also cancelled its Saturday clubs and all occupational group skill therapies untill further notice. One to one speech therapy continues for now.

“We appreciate your understanding and will keep you informed of all updates and new developments including the rescheduling of appointments.

“We want to ensure the health of our children, families, and volunteers above all else,” they said.

However Down Syndrome Centre Midlands want people to support them in other safe ways.

“We would love to still celebrate WDSD with you virtually- as far as our online community can reach. We are still inviting all of our followers and friends to Sock It for the Down Syndrome Centre Midlands by rocking your funkiest pair of socks in celebration of March 21 and spreading awareness about our incredible children,” they say.

They are asking people to donate online instead to support their services to families in the Midlands.

“Visit our fundraising page at,” they said.

Down Syndrome Centre Midlands is a non-profit charity run by volunteer parents with no government funding.

It provides essential therapies and services to over 70 families with DS all over the Midlands.

They are also running a colouring competition in aid of their charity for bored children at home.

See it here. 

To continue reading this article,
please subscribe and support local journalism!

Subscribing will allow you access to all of our premium content and archived articles.


To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.