Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Bhavana Kodiyal's LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL "BUDDY WALK - 2012" For down syndrome Children

April 2, 2012 :
Rajendra Ganotra

It was heart rending and touching to see the special children to be so happy and joyful on th 15 minute BUDDY WALK they participated for an awareness about down syndrome at the carter road Bhavna Kodiyal spearheaded the whole affair with the support of other lions members Krishna Hegde, Rakesh Bedi, Lalchand Rajput, Amy Billimoria who also supported by announcing a fashion show with the special children shortly.

The band performed in open air and the children danced and also had fun and it was surprising to see the children have so much fun Others who supported Bhavna in the cause were, Lion Dr.Hemant Dugad, Lion Sameer Dixit, Lion Subhamoy Dastidar, Lion Gulshan Bhaktiyani. NGO Lion Bhavana Kodiyal spearheaded a walk "Buddy Walk "at the carter road ,where special children walked with Krishna Hegde ,crickter Lalchand Rajpoot,Amy Billimoria and with Down's syndrome association with 24 x 7 help line and Dr.'s facilities and more other help to get the job in corporate which will make children independent financial and lead normal life. Buddy Walk is an international phenomenon where the Down's kids walk along with other members of the society.

The purpose is to show solidarity with these children, to sensitize society about the condition and to create awareness in general public. wn's Syndrome is a condition where there is an extra chromosome in the body. As a result many children face challenges in learning, hearing, speech, sight. Many have heart defects.Inspite of these adversities, these children are happy, many can dance/swim/paint very well. Many are economically independent, leading a fruitful life.They need your reassurance that the society understands them and is with them. Internationally, "Buddy Walks" are organized where these children walk hand in hand with "us".

This is to show solidarity with them and to encourage them to carry on their struggle. Lions clubs have taken initiative to start this event in Mumbai and hope to create awareness about these children of God in common public. About Lions Club International:- In 1917,Melvin Jones a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group look the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear Mission cognitive ability and physical growth and a particular set of facial characteristics. Individuals with Down syndrome usually have low intelligence, such as to constitute mild to moderate intellectual disability. A small number have a severe to high degree of intellectual disability.

The average IQ of children with Down syndrome is around 50, compared to normal children with an IQ of 100. Many children with Down syndrome who have received family support, enrichment therapies and tutoring manage to graduate from high school and are able to do paid work, and some participate in post-secondary education as well. Individuals with Down syndrome may have some or all of the following physical characteristics: microgenia (an abnormally small chin) an unusually round face, macroglossia an almond shape to the eyes caused by an epicanthic fold of the eyelid, upslanting palpebral fissures shorter limbs, a single transverse palmar crease poor muscle tone and a larger than normal space between the big and second toes.

Health concerns for individuals with Down syndrome include a higher risk for congenital heart defects gastroesophageal reflux disease,recurrent ear infections that may lead to hearing loss, obstructive sleep apnea thyroid dysfunctions, and obesity.Early childhood intervention screening for common problems, medical treatment where indicated, a conducive family environment, and vocational training can improve the overall development of children with Down syndrome. Education and proper care will improve quality of life significantly, despite genetic limitations.

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