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The Grand Bahama Down Syndrome Society received a boost from Fidelity Bank, a proud sponsor of the organization's annual fundraiser. The Buddy Walk, scheduled for tomorrow, May 11 is now in its second year. Proceeds raised from this event will be used to develop an early intervention resource guide for children with special needs and support the Grand Bahama Special Olympics team.
"Fidelity Bank takes pride in supporting an organization that strives to raise awareness and promote the acceptance and inclusion of children and adults with Down syndrome," said Allison Levarity, branch manager for Fidelity Bank in Grand Bahama. "Families are the cornerstone of communities and Fidelity puts top priority in supporting a charity whose vision is to empower every person with Down syndrome to realize their potential as productive contributing members of the Grand Bahama community."
The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk event in which people with Down syndrome invite 'buddies' to walk with them, providing an opportunity to inspire and educate participants, while celebrating the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome, according to Wende Hanna, president of the Grand Bahama Down Syndrome Society. "Last year, we achieved our goal of becoming a legal nonprofit organization through donations such as these, and we thank Fidelity Bank for its generous contribution as we are hoping that this year's walk will be bigger and better as we aim to complete the goals set for this year," said Hanna.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition which occurs when some, or all, of a person's cells have an extra copy of Chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the person's course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. With around 7 million people with Down syndrome worldwide, it is the most common and recognized form of learning disability.
Fidelity Bank encourages the entire community to get involved and become informed about this syndrome by logging in to www.gbdownsyndromesociety.com.