Turkey marks World Down Syndrome Day

47-meter race for children with Down Syndrome held in northwestern Tekirdag province

Turkey marks World Down Syndrome Day


Several activities were held across Turkey on Wednesday to mark World Down Syndrome Day.

Ali Ihsan Arslan, a member of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, congratulated the National Amputee Team in an event organized by Special Athletes Sports Federation in the capital Ankara.

Didem Engin, a member of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), held a news conference along with persons with Down Syndrome at the parliament.

Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Policies organized a program for children with Down Syndrome which included breakfast and various games.

Tekirdag Metropolitan Municipality organized "We run with +1 difference" race in northwestern Tekirdag province. Some 40 children with Down Syndrome participated in the 47-meter race. All of the participants were awarded medals.

In central Konya province, students wearing t-shirts with the slogan: "We are one of you with one difference" worked with cashiers at a shopping mall.

In Ortaca district of southwestern Mugla province, the city council organized an event to mark the day.

In southern Kilis province, "Off-road Friendship Tour" was held by Provincial Directorate of National Education.

March 21 is observed annually to raise awareness for Down Syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by having an extra 21st chromosome.

Reporting by Bugra Ersavas and Osman Akca:Writing by Faruk Zorlu

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