The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society in the U.S., to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
In its 6th year in Trinidad, the walk includes school children, educational institutes, public service employees, private sector employees, self-employed persons among others.
Also present was Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez and Sports Minister Darryl Smith. Mrs. Rowley said she supports the initiative.
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder, instead of having 46 chromosomes in each of his or her cells, a person with Down syndrome has 47.
In the modern world individuals with Down syndrome are becoming increasingly integrated into society and community organizations, such as school, health care systems, workforces, and social and recreational activities.
Mrs. Rowley said this walk assists in educating the population about persons living with down syndrome.