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Lots of Socks

What is World Down Syndrome Day?

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. 

The date for WDSD is the 21st day of the 3rd month. This date was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

Find out more about World Down syndrome Day here.

Lots of Socks

The aim of the ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign is to raise awareness of Down syndrome among the community, as well as raise funds for Down Syndrome Australia. The idea behind the ‘Lots of Socks’ initiative is acceptance of all our differences, and what makes us unique as an individual.

Socks come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, just like each of us.

The 2022 sock design

About our socks

The sock designs have been selected through a national competition held by DSA, and the winners were judged by the national Down Syndrome Advisory Network (DSAN). 

Winning artists Mark Polonsky (VIC) left sock and Josie McAndrew (NSW) right sock incorporated an Australiana theme, with Mark’s design inspired by his love for animals and Josie’s a tribute to Australian music legend Keith Urban. 

Join us by wearing something people will ask you about so that you can tell them all about WDSD and get your day care, school, college, university, work, or other groups involved.

Mark Polonsky sitting at a table with his artwork
Mark Polonsky
Josie working on her artwork
Josie McAndrew

Purchase your socks

Socks represent inclusion, acceptance, and diversity within our community and are a great way for you to show you support for Down syndrome.   

Purchasing your socks is easy and can be done in seconds via your mobile device. 

Options include purchasing individual pairs, or a display box of 9 pairs which can be on-sold as a fundraising activity. All prices exclude postage.

Wear your own socks

Join us in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March. Wear socks of your choice and bring a gold coin donation. They can be bright, colourful, short or long, the choice is endless!

Download our Lots of Socks awareness package

Lots of Socks Day helps children respectfully understand the diversity in their world. The package aims to help learn about, accept and celebrate each person’s uniqueness.

Download our Awareness Package for schools here.

Download our Awareness Package for businesses and workplaces here.