Lots of Socks Day is a clever initiative that aims to help Australians learn about, accept and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.

Introduced to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day, which takes place globally on 21 March, the program sees Australians called upon to wear odd socks on the day to raise awareness of Down Syndrome within the community, as well as raise funds for Down Syndrome Australia (DSA).
By aligning the wearing of different socks with World Down Syndrome Day, organisers are hoping to encourage acceptance of all our differences, and what makes us unique as individuals.


Why the 21st?

It is not by chance the occasion is marked on March 21, as the 21st day of the third month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

DSA says Down Syndrome is usually recognisable at birth and confirmed by a blood test. It is the most common chromosome disorder, and one of every 700-900 babies will be born with it. DSA says this number has not changed significantly throughout the time that statistics have been collected.

What Makes it Special?

“Typically, there are 23 pairs of chromosomes, or 46 chromosomes, in every cell. However, those living with Down Syndrome are born with an extra chromosome, chromosome 21. (Down Syndrome is also known as trisomy-21),” the organisation says.
This results in a range of physical characteristics, health and development indications and some level of intellectual disability.

To do your bit to help support the cause visit www.downsyndrome.org.au and purchase the official Lots of Socks product for $12.50. Special merchandise boxes containing nine pairs of socks (two small, three medium and four large) are also available for on-selling as a fundraising activity.