The HKDSA launched a series of activities including Webinar, WhatsApp Sticker Design Competition and Free Health Check Day under the theme of “Embrace Health．Embrace Love”, for echoing the coming of The World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March. It is hoping that people with Down Syndrome and their caregivers can pay more understanding and attention to their both physical and mental health, and then take action to share such health and love messages to others, so as to build an inclusive society together!
Due to the pandemic, the Flag Day on 6 February 2021 in New Territories was cancelled and the first online Flag Day was held. More than HK$170 thousand dollars was raised in this Flag Day Fundraising Event, which will be used for supporting self-financing services.
To echo the World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March, the Association organized an online event, “Human Library – The life of 2+1” on that day with the sponsorship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The event aims at raising the public awareness and showing you the art and sport talents, employment development, social life of people with Down Syndrome and also value of respecting life through reading 5 life stories, so as to improve the social connections and promote the message of inclusiveness.
With the sponsorship from Dr. S. C. Lee, dental advisor and the support from film production company, Odeon Media an Music Video, “A Brush for every smile” was born. It aims to encourage persons with Down syndrome and other special needs of all ages to treat tooth brushing as a fun thing to do, and understand the importance of this life skill. Artist, Kandy Wong was invited to star in the music video with 6 members and 3 teenagers.
To accompany this music video, The HKDSA launches the “Brush with Fun” Incentive Scheme which comprise of; a Tooth Brushing chart, Reward stickers and Links to Oral Care Techniques aimed at assisting members and participants to develop a self-motivated habit of proper daily oral care to prevent dental diseases. Organizations which serve persons with Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities and Special needs are welcome to join.
The 34th AGM of the Association was held on 27th November, 2021 (Saturday) at Jockey Club Down Syndrome Centre and webcasted via “Zoom”, for sharing the achievements. The new Executive Committee of the year 2021-2023 was elected.
With the sponsorship support from Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities of the Social Welfare Department. The Original Musical performed by People with Down Syndrome was successfully shown on 11 December at Christian Family Service Centre. 31 performers showed off their artistic talents on stage.