Darryl Sittler to Marshal Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome. Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation (HHDS) is preparing to support Halton Down Syndrome Association’s major fundraising initiative.

TORONTO, CANADA, May 14, 2015 – Newly formed Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation (HHDS) is pleased to announce Co-Chair Darryl Sittler will act as Marshal of the walk for the first annual Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome – run by the Halton Down Syndrome Association. Darryl is excited that he will be Marshalling the walk this year. He will be opening the ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. and then leading the crowd in their walk through Milton. After the walk, Darryl will be amongst the crowd taking pictures and signing autographs.

About Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome

On Saturday, June 20th, 2015, The Halton Down Syndrome Association invites you to participate in the 1st Annual Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm at Victoria Park in Milton. This is a fun, 2-km walk, open to family, friends, and the community to increase awareness about Down syndrome and to raise funds for research, education and advocacy programs. Following the walk there will be a carnival with food, fun, special entertainment, and a silent auction. There will be many amazing Silent Auction items. The Association’s key fundraising event last year raised $65,000 from a combination of generous sponsors and almost 1,000 participants, as well as a hundred volunteers

About Go21

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) has just launched Go21, “Go” in celebration of advancement and strength in the Down syndrome community and “21” to represent the tripling of the 21st chromosome that determines a Down syndrome diagnosis.

About Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement. Its occurrence is universal across racial and gender lines, and it is present in approximately one in 800 births in Canada. Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop to their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives. Children with Down syndrome are usually fully integrated in social and educational settings and increasingly go on to graduate high school, attend post secondary education, enter the workforce and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

For more information about how you can support this amazing initiative through donations, sponsorship, or volunteering, please contact Leanne Tovey at leanne@haltondownsyndrome.com or Jennifer Thomas at jen@haltondownsyndrome.com.

Visit us at www.haltongo21.ca and www.haltondownsyndrome.com

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About HHDS

Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation (HHDS) was established to partner with groups supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families. HHDS was founded by Darryl Sittler, a notable Hall of Fame hockey player, businessman and charity activist – including Special Olympics, and Grant Furlane, a local businessman and past Chairman of the BC Neurological Centre/Children’s Centre for Ability.

Visit us at www.HHDS.org