Buddy Walk promotes awareness, raises funds for Down syndrome nonprofits
Etiwan Park was alive with fun and festivities this past Sunday as thousands came out to Daniel Island in celebration of the 16th annual Buddy Walk sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry (DSAL).
Every year DSAL hosts the event in October as part of Down Syndrome Awareness month to promote acceptance and inclusion of those with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk on Daniel Island is still one of the largest nationwide.
Live music by Dave Landeo and by Tripp and Trampus Hoover Band entertained attendees, as did Cool Ray, the mascot for the South Carolina Stingrays hockey team. Families and friends enjoyed the eight jump castles, various games, face painting, carnival food and lunch, and finally a mile-long walk through the neighborhood kicked off by the Wando High School Band and local cheer squads.
The Buddy Walk is the primary fundraiser for DSAL with community sponsorship, team fundraising and registrations contributing 80% of annual proceeds. Funds raised support the National Down Syndrome Society as well as DSAL’s annual social programming, events, education and youth camps for those with Down syndrome.