Families treated to Christmas cheer

The Down Syndrome Association Amathole (DSAA) held their year-end Christmas party at Hamilton’s Club on Saturday, in support of mothers with down syndrome children.

The day was filled with fun activities and Christmas presents.

Branch director Denise Taylor said the day was made possible with by funds raised by the organisation throughout the year.

“Most of our funds are spent on outreach, assisting with transport costs for the parents and children to attend the support meetings as most of the parents are single, unemployed mothers who would not otherwise be able to attend the support groups and workshops,” she said.

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Father Christmas poses with some of the DSSAA members

Outreach coordinator Deborah Noble, who coordinates the outreach programme at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital and Frere Hospital, said parents with down syndrome (DS) children  needed the support.

“I support groups from Parkside and the Buffalo Flats areas to assist mothers who have children with DS.

“I also visit local hospitals, where I speak with new moms.

“Sometimes new moms deny they have a child with DS and I talk with them and guide them on how to take care of their child,” she said.

Taylor thanked the community and Hamilton Club for their support.

The DSAA offices will be closed from December 18 until 14 January 14 2019.

For more information: contact Linda on 072-276-1443.


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