‘Eat cake!’ – Donegal boy has sweet plans for World Down Syndrome Day

first_imgA Letterkenny schoolboy has revealed that he will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day 2019 in style tomorrow – by eating cake!Not only will Christopher Grant be enjoying a treat, but he’ll be sharing his cake with all his friends at school. In this way, the clever 11-year-old will be sending an important message about celebration and inclusion on World Down Syndrome Day, which is what it’s all about.This video taken by Christopher’s mum Gina Grant is sure to make you smile: Gina, who is a member of the Donegal Down Syndrome Association, is encouraging everyone in Donegal to get involved in the special celebrations this Thursday 21st March.Events are taking place around the county to promote the awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.School coffee mornings and raffles are planned locally in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome, while the association is promoting a simple message of inclusion. For Christopher’s school event, Gina has ordered the largest cake that O’Hehirs bakery can make!Gina told Donegal Daily: “We would like people to be aware and think about what they could do to make their community more inclusive – in school, in the workplace and at colleges.“Maybe just talk to somebody with Down syndrome tomorrow at work or school.“Down Syndrome is just one part of a person, it’s not who the person is. But it can sometimes be a barrier to people striking up a conversation with a person.“People don’t have to do anything hugely elaborate. They can hold fundraisers for Donegal Down Syndrome if they want to. A simple hello is a great start.”Donegal Down Syndrome Association provides support and activities for around 160 families locally. Their work is focussed on supporting members with Down Syndrome and their families to have as much independence as possible, while encouraging communities/schools and businesses to be fully inclusive. Gina said: “We are also inviting people to contact us for more information if they have any questions, if they have a family member or somebody in the workplace or school with Down syndrome and they want to learn more about inclusion.”Another goal of Donegal Down Syndrome is the campaign for better career and education options for young people after they leave post-primary education.“Those with Down Syndrome are very limited after school. We celebrate all job opportunities but we are campaigning for more choices to become available. Many limitations are caused by society, not by the syndrome,” Gina said.Something else that everyone can do on Thursday is wear #LotsOfSocks! People around the world are invited to wear brightly coloured mismatched socks (even three!) to celebrate differences and to signify the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome usually carry. The Donegal Minor Ladies are a step ahead with this fun challenge, as they wore odd socks to training last week and raised €100 for DDS.If you would like to find out more about Down syndrome, find out about supports or fundraising please contact the Donegal Down Syndrome Association on FacebookHow are you celebrating the day? If you wish to share photos or videos from events, send them to info@donegaldaily.com‘Eat cake!’ – Donegal boy has sweet plans for World Down Syndrome Day was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunityDonegal Down SyndromeInclusionlots of socksWorld Down syndrome daylast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick, Harry Edwards and why 1968’s protests still matter

first_imgFor sports sociologist Harry Edwards, there is a clear relationship between the uproar over Colin Kaepernick and Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign and the protests of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics.Sports sociologist Harry Edwards describes some of the displayed items — including pages of his FBI file — to a group at the opening reception for “The Power of Protest” at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)“The police violence that is …last_img

‘Make 2010 an African brand’

first_img16 August 2006South Africa should place the message used during the 2010 World Cup bid – “Africa’s time has come” – at the heart of its communications in the run-up to the event, says Government Communications CEO Themba Maseko. Speaking at the first 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Maseko emphasised the need to have a core brand for the first African World Cup through which both the country and the continent as a whole could be promoted.He said research indicated that at least 80% of South Africans thought it proper to project the 2010 World Cup as an African World Cup. South Africa therefore needed to start building links with communicators from other countries on the continent. All resources from the conference are available on the International Marketing Council website Maseko’s comments were echoed by Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who told delegates that discussions on how the continent should work together for 2010 would be high on the agenda at the African Union’s next meeting in January 2007.SA’s communicators, Pahad said, had an important role to play in ensuring that the soccer tournament would be remembered for decades to come “as an event that left our country and the continent more united and confident.“We need to convey the message that South Africa is alive with possibilities and the continent with great opportunities.”Countering negative perceptionsNegative international media reports about South Africa were also of concern, Maseko said.“In 2009, on the eve of the tournament, we will be holding general elections … We will have to create an environment where political parties do not send out negative impressions during their campaigns, because it will influence international perceptions.“The gap between foreign perceptions about South Africa and the real strengths of the country is narrowing – but it is still too wide. 2010 must be used as an opportunity to close this gap further.”Maseko said that operational and resource plans for all aspects of the World Cup were in place, and that the government was working with all stakeholders to ensure that citizens owned the event.The 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team would hold workshops around the country to inform communities about opportunities available during the World Cup, Maseko said.With only one-third of the three million 2010 match tickets available for South African soccer fans, South Africa needed to think beyond stadiums, as most fans would be watching the matches from “fan parks”.While Fifa would exercise tight sponsorship control over the tournament, there would be “huge” advertising and branding opportunities at these fan parks, Maseko said.Tuesday’s conference was the first in a series of 2010 National Communication Partnership Conferences, to be held annually over the next four years in order to help the country’s communicators build and implement a shared strategy for the World Cup.It was hosted by the International Marketing Council of South Africa on behalf of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team, which includes representatives from the government, business and the 2010 Local Organising Committee.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

‘Assam, Arunachal can resolve border dispute’

first_imgAssam Minister Ranjit Dutta, who was in Itanagar to attend a tribal festival, exuded confidence that the decades-old boundary dispute between the two States, both BJP-ruled, can be resolved through “meaningful” dialogue.Permanent solutionAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has been initiating measures with his Arunachal counterpart Pema Khandu to hammer out a permanent solution to the border issue, the Assam Irrigation Minister said on Monday in his address at the Nyokum Yullo festival.The festival is celebrated by the Nyishi community of Arunachal Pradesh every year to invoke God’s blessings for good harvest and communal harmony.Clad in Nyishi Bopia (headgear), Mr. Dutta, who attended the festival on behalf of Mr. Sonowal, said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about the dispute between Northeast States, so is Sonowal. The Chief Minister has already initiated a similar dialogue with his Nagaland counterpart T.R. Zeliang.” Stating that “divisive forces” were trying to “destabilise peace” in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Dutta called upon the people of both the States to thwart such attempts.‘Cordial relations’ “Till 1978 both the States (Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) were under one administrative unit of ‘bor Axom’ (Greater Assam). The people of both States since time immemorial have been maintaining cordial relations,” the Minister said.Mr. Dutta called upon the Assamese people staying in Arunachal Pradesh to uphold the age-old relations through cultural exchange programmes.Lauding the Nyishi community for preserving the age-old culture and traditions, Mr. Dutta exhorted the elderly people in the State to pass on the baton of tradition and culture to the younger generations. Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee chairman Ha Tatu, on his part, said the presence of a Minister from neighbouring Assam will cement the ties between the people of the two States.last_img read more