With World Down Syndrome Day 2014 under a week way (it's on Friday 21st March), Repixl is launching a photo competition for parents with Down syndrome babies, toddlers or children to help raise awareness of the syndrome and in the words of WDSD, to try to "make the voice of people with Down syndrome louder".
On January 5th 2014, Mark Stringer, co-founder and technical director of Repixl, became father to Amelie Cadence Stringer who, in his words, "is beautiful and wonderful, and everything that a 2 month old baby girl should be".
However, "Despite screening, a low risk factor and negative prenatal test results, she was born with Down syndrome. It’s now irreversibly a part of our life, and that’s something that my wife and I are educating ourselves on, and quickly coming to terms with. As any parent of a DS child will tell you, they’re the happiest kids around. So we’d like our contribution to WDSD to be raising awareness of DS, both through this competition and through publication of a “Cute Down Syndrome Kids and their Pets” list afterwards." says Mark.
"Who knows, maybe one day a new DS parent will find the photos and they’ll help them realise that it’s not as bad as they thought, a bit quicker? We’ll select the winner on Monday 24th March. The winning photo will be featured on the Repixl homepage for at least 1 month, and our favourites will be used in an upcoming “Cute Down Syndrome Kids and their Pets” blog post.
The competition entry details and rules can be found on the blog post (https://blog.repixl.com/world-down-syndrome-day-2014-photo-competition/).
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