A Down’s syndrome charity is holding a ‘Moochathon’ on 23 March to raise awareness for ‘World Down’s Syndrome Day’ and to also help support people with the genetic disorder.
The fundraising event involves a 21.3-mile walk or ‘mooch’, unique to people with Down’s syndrome. The specific distance of 21.3 miles represents the fact that people with Down’s syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21. There will also be a family friendly ‘Mini Mooch’ of 2.1km has also been arranged as an alternative route for children.
Chief Executive of the Down’s syndrome support group, Julie Duff said: “Getting active is at the heart of our campaign this year with the Moochathon and Mini Mooch both playing a key role in getting our World Down’s Syndrome Day awareness message across.
“We will be selling gingerbread sock biscuits and delivering awareness assemblies in schools. We’ve also created a fitness tracker for children to complete at school so that they can get moving and earn their biscuit.
“It’s really great to see that people are still taking part in our wider ‘Get Up for Down’s’ fundraiser. We’ve had fantastic support this year from local universities and community groups as well as many individuals, who have run, walked, cycled or swam 21.3 miles or km.”
Mrs Duff added: “We are always very grateful to people who challenge themselves to help improve the lives of people who have Down’s syndrome.
“Thanks to the support we receive from fundraisers, businesses and trusts this year we’ll be able to offer dance sessions, forest activities, football training, pre-school groups, family days out, training, educational and health support to people who have Down’s syndrome in our local community.”
All donations raised from the fundraising event in March will be used by the charity to continue their programme of helping to unlock the potential of people with Down’s syndrome and their families and carers.