SL Buddy Walk Event Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day March 17-31, 2013

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2013 SL Buddy Walk!!!!
March 17-31, 2013 • World Down Syndrome Day Celebration
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http://slbuddywalk.org

In the real world the Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk raising awareness and collecting pledges to benefit Down Syndrome. In Second Life it will be a bit different, there will be a path to walk, but the main festivities will be the all day entertainment on the 21st and then a 2-week charity fair. There will be live musicians and live DJs throughout the event. Kiosks will be available throughout the region where donations will be collected and all will go directly to NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society).

The region will open March 17th with a charity fair. There are fashion, poses, furniture, skin, hair and jewelry designers that are donating their sales to the walk. Live musicians start at 2:00p slt on March 21.

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Last year in RL there were over 295 Buddy Walks world wide.

The Second Life Buddy Walk is done in conjunction with the NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) and takes place around World Down Syndrome Day

**Expo March 17-30**

World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, Live Music Festival Schedule:
2pm Mankind Tracer
3pm CQ – Colorful Quiet
4pm Maximillion Kleene
5pm The Follow
6pm tba
7pm tba
8pm tba
9pm tba

Check slbuddywalk.org for updated listings.

All donations collected from this event are given directly to the NDSS. They will be used for supporting the National Down Syndrome Society’s education, research and advocacy efforts on behalf of the more than 400,000 individuals with Down Syndrome in the United States.

~~THANK YOU ~~

Buddy Walk in SL Organizer, JL Zinner (volunteer)
NDSS
See here for a video on why I do this: http://youtu.be/0eRwZuxopC0 — trust me it will make you smile 🙂

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For more Information
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For more about Down syndrome visit, http://www.ndss.org
For more on the Buddy Walk go to http://www.buddywalk.org
For more information on the SL Buddy Walk: slbuddywalk.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SLBuddyWalk

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About NDSS
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MISSION
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

VISION
The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.

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History
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In the past the SL Buddy Walk has been a one day live music festival.

2008 – 170 in attendance, $55,000
2010 – 200 in attendance, $125,510
2011- attendance unknow, $156,000
2012 – 506 in attendance, $144,283

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About World Down Syndrome Day
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March 21, 2013 marks the 8th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the World to choose your own themes, activities and events to 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.

World Down Syndrome Day was established in 2006 by Down Syndrome International, with the goal of raising awareness and mobilizing support and recognition of the dignity, rights and well-being of people with Down syndrome across the world. March 21, the 21st day of the third month of the year, was chosen to symbolize the third copy of chromosome 21 present in Trisomy 21, the most common form of Down syndrome.

http://worlddownsyndromeday.org

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About GiGi’s Playhouse and the one million voices champaign
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It’s a gallery.
It’s a national movement.
It’s a campaign designed to propel people to action.

To see past a diagnosis of Down syndrome to a life meant to be. And we won’t stop until we reach one million new voices sharing a universal message of acceptance.

The one million voices galleries will travel across the nation in public venues, changing perceptions one person at a time until we reach one million new voices.

http://gigismillionvoices.org
http://gigisplayhouse.org

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