Cloonavin will light up yellow and blue on the 21st March 2020 for World Down Syndrome Day.
The notice of motion which was proposed by Councillor McMullan, seconded by Councillor Peacock passed in a unanimous vote this evening at the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee meeting.
World Down Syndrome Day is marked each year on March 21, beginning in 2006. The 21st day of March was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Commenting after the decision Councillor McMullan said “It was also agreed that council will now look at all of its departments, Parks, Community Centres etc to see where work experience opportunities can be implemented for those men and women, boys and girls with Down Syndrome.
Furthermore, the council has agreed to writes to the other councils within Northern Ireland asking that they also support the motion. It would be great to see all the councils doing the same.”
Concluding Councillor Peacock said, “It is important that we value all those in our society and recognise the important, valued contribution that those with Down Syndrome make to every aspect of our society.”
The motion read;
“That this Council recognises the important role people with Down Syndrome have in our society. We further recognise the important role parents, family members and carers have in the day to day life of their loved ones.
That this Council now recognises World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March each year, and in doing so we are acknowledging all men, women and children with Down Syndrome in our Council area.”