BENEFITING: Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Inc
EVENT DATE: Oct 14, 2017
WHAT: This year celebrates the 15th Annual CMDSS Buddy Walk® and 5K/Fun Run! The event will be in Pearl at Trustmark Park and is one of over 250 Buddy Walk® events planned in cities across the country and in select international locations this fall. The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome.
WHEN: The event will be Saturday, October 14 at Trustmark Park in Pearl. Packet Pick-Up and On-Site Registration for the CMDSS Buddy Walk 5K will begin at 7:00 am. At 8:30 am the 5K begins. The Kid’s Fun Run begins at 9:30 am. Packet Pick-Up and On-Site Registration for the Buddy Walk opens at 9:00 am. At 10:00 am, 5K Awards will be given. Immediately following awards, the Buddy Walk opening ceremony will begin, followed by the Walk Celebration. Throughout the Buddy Walk, participants will have the opportunity to visit Info Alley, grab a bite to eat, hang out in Entertainment Alley for face painting, temporary tattoos, games and much more.
WHO: About 2,000 people are expected to attend. Participants include people with Down syndrome from the area, their families, friends, teachers, coworkers and other supporters. HOW: The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk® has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks today. Each year, more than $12 million is raised across the country and around the world to support local programs and services, as well as national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome. The mission of CMDSS is to provide support, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome, their families and communities across Central Mississippi. Our vision is for a community where people with Down syndrome have limitless opportunities and the ability to pursue their dreams.