Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society hosted 11th Annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 1
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) held their 11th annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park. The event was open to all ages and abilities; LDSS encouraged those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers to attend. Pets were welcome too.
Last year’s event welcomed over 5,000 participants. This year, LDSS had even more community members come out to raise awareness and support local programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.
The cost to attend was $15.00 per person or $50.00 for a family of four. In addition to participating in the walk, registration included a T-shirt, lunch and admission to the family-fun festival.
“The walk takes place in October as our way of celebrating National Down Syndrome Awareness month,” said Candy Bogardus, President of LDSS. “The goals of this annual event are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice.”
Proceeds from Savannah’s Buddy Walk help sponsor events such as the Night of Champions, Camp Buddy and many other services.
Immediately following the walk, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society held a family-fun festival in the park. Activities included face painting, pumpkin painting, princess and pirate booths, bounce houses, games, music and refreshments.
MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/
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