Empowering the vulnerable
Down Syndrome Association Amathole (DSAA) had a beautifully organised annual fundraiser and awareness tea session at Osner Hotel on Saturday morning.
The message was pretty clear, “Leave no one behind and empower the vulnerable.”
DSAA Branch Director, Denise Taylor had this to share on behalf of DSSA:
The late President Mr Nelson Mandela declared October 20 as National Down Syndrome Day. The annual observance of this day is to increase awareness around Down syndrome and to mobilise support towards the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goal to ‘Leave No One Behind, starting with those furthest left behind’.
In light of the recent events around gender-based violence, we are calling for a commitment by the South African Government to ensure justice to the vulnerable be prioritised and action must be taken with immediate effect to protect the most vulnerable citizens of South Africa.
DSSA together with Section 27 is seeking justice for minor allegedly raped at school, to date the perpetrator has still not been brought to book. It is important that precise attention is paid to ensure safer communities and that commitments are adhered to so that we “Empower the Vulnerable" to enable them to take their place equally amongst society in all aspects of their lives.
Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition caused by an extra chromosome 21, with no predilection for race, religion, creed or socio-economic grouping. It is important to have early diagnosis and appropriate intervention.