Sunshine and Smiles - World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations

Sunshine and Smiles has an exciting few days planned to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year.

Photography project ‘I Am Me’: Saturday 19th March sees the launch of our photography project ‘I Am Me’ at Kirkstall Abbey Visitors Centre, LS5 3EH from 10am – 3am. Opening words at 11am. There will be light refreshments, children’s activities, a photography workshop between 12pm – 2pm and a Sunshine and Smiles gazebo.   ‘I Am Me’ is a glimpse of the extraordinary journeys that children, young people and families travel. From unanswerable questions, initial feelings of worry and fear, to moments of reflection, joy, success and celebration. The launch event is an initial set of photographs. The aim is that it becomes a much bigger touring exhibition featuring as many families as want to be involved. The exhibitions will help to raise awareness, give a balanced perspective and dispel some of the myths and preconceptions about Down Syndrome. Sunshine and Smiles also hope to create a book from the images and text. The exhibition runs at Kirkstall Abbey Visitors Centre from 19th – 25th March (excluding 21st as the centre is closed).

Millennium Square big screen: To complement the exhibition launch Sunshine and Smiles are delighted that a video of the images and text from the exhibition will be shown daily on a regular basis on the big screen at Millennium Square, Leeds from 19th – 25th March.   First Direct Arena lights: Finally, the First Direct Arena will be lighting up in blue and yellow, the recognised colours for Down Syndrome awareness, on 19th, 20th and 21st March. Sunshine and Smiles will be meeting on the concourse in front of the arena at 6pm on Sunday 20th March to take a group photograph ready to share for World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March.  

About Sunshine and Smiles: Sunshine and Smiles organise groups and events to improve the lives and opportunities of children and families living with Down Syndrome in Leeds, UK. The group was set up by parents as there wasn’t a specific support group for families with a child or young person with Down Syndrome in Leeds. They bring Sunshine and Smiles to the lives of families by providing: a range of fun and therapeutic activities such as regular groups and trips support and befriending to parents with a new baby advice about other challenges such as heart defects, feeding difficulties and other health issues.   If you would like to know more please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact details below.    

Ailith Harley-Roberts
Service Manager
Sunshine and Smiles - Leeds Down Syndrome Network
(07902) 054355
Registered Charity No. 1154661

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