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Famous Irish faces appear in video to raise money for Down Syndrome Day

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A huge collection of stars gave up their time for this worthy cause
A huge collection of stars gave up their time for this worthy cause

21 well known Irish people from the worlds of acting, TV, music and sport feature in cracking video that highlights the challenges children with Down syndrome face and the supports that are so vital to help overcome these challenges.

Imelda May, Cian Healy, Mario Rosenstock, Amanda Byram, Keith Duffy, Brendan O’Connor, Aidan Turner, Charlie Murphy, Miriam O’Callaghan, Padraig Harrington, Gavin James, Lorraine Keane, Domhnall Gleeson, Una Healy and Kevin Kilbane all lent their time to this great cause.

The video, by the Down Syndrome Centre, is called 'Mission 21' and it comes ahead of World Down syndrome day tomorrow, March 21.

The Centre and Classic Hits 4fm are asking people to support the campaign by texting ‘DSC’ to 50300 to donate €4 or by logging onto downsyndromecentre.ie to make a donation.

The Down Syndrome Centre (DSC), which opened in 2014, has a wide range of early intervention services and supports including SKIP (Special Kids Intervention Programme), Team 21 Tots and vital services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy which are directly aimed at helping children with Down syndrome to overcome these challenges.

The Down Syndrome Centre has also created a family focused centre for parents of the children using the service. The centre is a place for parents to meet, get information and advice, make friends and build support networks and communities.

They provide a wide range of supports for families such as New Parent Evenings, Counselling Service, Siblings Camps, and Grandparent Days and host monthly seminars for parents which look at important areas such as health, education and financial planning. DSC’s online expert panel also provides personalised advice and help to parents across Ireland.

The Down Syndrome Centre believes that every child with Down syndrome should be given the right supports to enable them to reach their full potential and have the opportunity to develop the skills to live independent and fulfilling lives in their communities.

DSC receives no government funding. 100% of their funding comes through fundraising.