The Down Syndrome Family Network DSFN held the eight edition of it’s annual Buddy Walk yesterday morning at the Nelson Mandela park in Port of Spain.
The walk follows the pattern of it’s International version started in 1995 in the United States. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) www.ndss.org to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for 2019 worldwide.
This year the Buddy walk also included a five Kilometer run. The Mayor of Port of Spain His Worship Alderman Joel Martinez led the walk and participated.
Founder of DSFN Glen Niles said the walk continues to bring awareness and provides support and solidarity to families of persons with down Syndrome and other Special needs.