Thursday, 21 March was World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), and the staff of Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited joined in with the rest of the World to raise awareness of the impact of Down Syndrome here in Grenada.
Designated by the United Nations as World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March is the day people with Down Syndrome and those who live and work with them organise and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down Syndrome.
Staff of Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited put aside their regular casual Friday polos to adorn themselves in t-shirts from the Grenada Down Syndrome Association and the symbolic colourful, mismatched socks, typically worn on WDSD, following the hashtag #rockyoursocks.
Down Syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder which is caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy chromosome 21. The extra chromosome occurs by chance. The disorder is typically associated with a delay in physical growth, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate intellectual disability. Down syndrome is not a disease or affliction; it is simply an irregularity in someone’s genetic makeup.
“The support of this initiative took on a life of its own among our staff,” says General Manager Operations, Clifford Bailey. “We are pleased that our staff felt it important to personally support this cause by purchasing and wearing the t-shirts and socks. It is an outward sign of their alignment with Republic Bank’s Power to Make a Difference initiatives, to meaningfully impact the lives of everyone in our communities.”
Republic Bank applauds the Grenada Down Syndrome Association for their participation in this worldwide campaign, as they strive to raise the awareness of Down Syndrome here in Grenada.
Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited