An estimated 6,000 gathered at the SMX Convention Center to celebrate the 17th Happy Walk for Down Syndrome last February 24, 2019. It comprised of families, schools, supporters, advocates, and SM employees, celebrating the triumphant life stories of people with Down Syndrome and their families.
National Syndrome Consciousness Month is an annual activity that promotes awareness, acceptance and inclusivity of persons with Down Syndrome into society. Happy Walk was organized by the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI), in partnership with SM Cares.
The event featured performances from children affected with the condition, celebrity performances, and fun interactive booths. A parade around the SM Mall of Asia complex followed after the program allowing children with Down Syndrome, together with their families, to interact with the shoppers and tenants of the mall.
The event was graced by Hans Sy, Chairman of the Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings together with US Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Sung Kim and Ambassador designate for the Royal Thai Embassy, H.E. Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng, who have both long supported the advocacies of SM and DSAPI.
Simultaneously, SM City Bacolod also joined the celebration and had their walk as well.
“At SM, we recognize the ever-changing needs of the members of the community where we are present, and the more we celebrate our relationship with groups like DSAPI, the more that we understand what needs to be developed in making a welcoming mall, including persons with disability.” said Bien Mateo, SVP of SM Supermalls and Director for SM Cares Program on PWDs.
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