Event to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

KESIAH Glenane works two jobs, lives on her own and is an avid swimmer, basketballer and golfer. 

Ms Glenane is no different to any other 23-year-old – apart from the fact that her path to reaching some of these goals is more complex than others because she was born with Down syndrome. 

Tomorrow, people across the world will celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome for World Down Syndrome Day. 

The day focuses on making people realise that people with Down syndrome can achieve anything, but the steps to get there might just be longer and harder.

“I want other people to see what it is like to have what I have got,” Ms Glenane said.

“I know it is sad to have Down syndrome, but I reckon it is happy as well. It is happy that my family took me in and made me love me for who I am and that sort of thing. That is what I want of other people.”

Ms Glenane works at both Harris Scarfe and Nibble and Natter Cafe.

She was chosen to be part of the Australia-wide Leaders of Tomorrow program, which helps her work towards to her goals.

There will be a special event to mark World Down Syndrome Day on Saturday at Cafe 321 in Learmonth.

 A highlight of the day will be performances by the Funky Turtles, said co-organiser Wendy McNabb.

“World Syndrome Day is all about showcasing people like Kesiah,” she said. 

“It is making people aware because otherwise they will focus on the label, not on the person.

“When you have the support of the family and friends you can achieve enormous things.”

Food, cider, wine, music, market stalls and activities for children will be available on the day. 

Cost is a gold coin donation, with all funds raised being used to provide parents, families and friends of children and adults with Down syndrome, support, information and resources.

The day starts at 10am and will run through to 2pm.

matthew.dixon@fairfaxmedia.com.au

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: World Down Syndrome Day celebration

WHERE: Cafe 321, Learmonth

WHEN: Saturday, 10am to 2pm

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