Surabaya Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day with Food, Fun and Fashion

Every year on March 21, World Down Syndrome Day is observed to raise public awareness for people with Down syndrome. To honor this day, Shangri-La Hotel, Sura­baya teamed up with the Coordinating Council for Social Welfare Activity to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day at the hotel’s ballroom. Two hundred children with Down syndrome from 19 schools and foundations attended the event featuring food, fun and fashion.

The event opened with a marching band from MI Nurul Huda, a nearby elementary school, and was followed by activities including singing, dancing, a fashion show, piano performances and a live magic show.

The children got creative by decorating their own cookies with various icings and toppings.

Children who participated in a fashion show received the model treatment, in which popular Indonesian fashion designer Melia Wijaya dressed the children in her designs and helped them walk down the catwalk. Prizes were given to children who walked in the fashion show, and every child received a goodie bag at the end of the event.

In addition, a team of doctors from the University of Airlangga, the University of Wijaya Kusuma and from Dr. Soetomo Hospital gave free health consultations for families who have children with Down syndrome.

“This is the third year we have supported this activity, and we encourage all to join our 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,” said Martin Brenner, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya.

Special thanks go out to hotel volunteers and Melia Wijaya, who sponsored the fashion show.