DSA(S) organises and participates in events throughout the year. These events help to raise funds and create awareness for DSA(S) and the abilities of people with Down syndrome. The funds raised go towards operating our educational and enrichment programmes for children and adults with Down syndrome, developing them to become more independent and contributing citizens of society.
The 4 main fundraising events that DSA organises annually are:
1. World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) Buddy Walk
WDSD, observed worldwide on 21 March annually, has been celebrated by DSA Singapore since 2006 with its annual WDSD Buddy Walk, held usually on the nearest weekend to 21st March. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organise and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome. The date 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes the genetic condition Down syndrome.
2. DSA Charity Bowl
The DSA Charity Bowl is usually held the following Saturday after the WDSD event as part of the awareness celebration. Corporate firms are invited to join our members with Down syndrome in a friendly bowling tournament by sponsoring lanes. Corporate firms are encouraged to form a team of 3 staff from the corporate sponsor with 1 DSA member joining each team. Corporate firms can sponsor more than one lane. The aim of this event is to create a platform for the community to integrate with persons with Down syndrome within a sporting environment.
3. DSA Charity Movie
The Charity Movie is part of our fundraising efforts and is held during the mid year school holidays. The movie selected is usually one that appeals for family entertainment. Corporate sponsorship includes exclusive use of cinema halls. Details of the sponsorship package will be provided nearer the event.
4. DSA Charity Gala Dinner - Mystique
The annual Mystique Gala Dinner is one of DSA’s major fundraising efforts and funds are raised through table sponsorships and outright donations. It is also a platform for DSA members from the performing arts groups such the Fusion Dance Ensemble, DSA Drummers and Speech & Drama Group to showcase their talents, alongside professional artistes.