Lisburn and Castlereagh Councillors have agreed to light up Lagan Valley Island in blue and yellow on 21 March to show support for World Down Syndrome day.
The decision was taken following a proposal from Alliance Party councillor Vasundhara Kamble, who said; “This is the tenth year of World Down Syndrome Day, and I am very pleased that my fellow councilors have agreed to help raise public awareness of Down syndrome through this simple gesture.
“Right across the world this important day will be observed in many ways and it is appropriate for Lisburn and Castlereagh to show our support and help raise 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.”
WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world and in December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.