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RiteWay staff wear 'wacky' coloured socks for World Down Syndrome Day

- allow two persons with Down Syndrome to work at establishment for two hours
Staff of RiteWay Food Market celebrating World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (WDSD), today, Wednesday March 21, 2018. Photo: VINO
A customer of RiteWay shows love and appreciation to a person with Down Syndrome. Photo: VINO
A customer of RiteWay shows love and appreciation to a person with Down Syndrome. Photo: VINO
Staff of RiteWay Food Markets having fun during the photo ops today, March 21, 2018. Photo: VINO
Staff of RiteWay Food Markets having fun during the photo ops today, March 21, 2018. Photo: VINO
RiteWay staff showing love and appreciation to a person with Down Syndrome (2nd from right) during the celebration of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Photo: VINO
RiteWay staff showing love and appreciation to a person with Down Syndrome (2nd from right) during the celebration of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the celebration of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day at RiteWay Food Markets located at Pasea Estate. Photo: VINo
Scenes from the celebration of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day at RiteWay Food Markets located at Pasea Estate. Photo: VINo
Georgene P. Henry (third from left), Programme Aid at the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Day Programme for adults with disabilities, stated that each year the department tries to involve persons with Down Syndrome in various activities across the territory in order to make them feel 'appreciated and welcomed.' Photo: VINO
Georgene P. Henry (third from left), Programme Aid at the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Day Programme for adults with disabilities, stated that each year the department tries to involve persons with Down Syndrome in various activities across the territory in order to make them feel 'appreciated and welcomed.' Photo: VINO
A customer giving one of the differently abled participants money after receiving a token for shopping at RiteWay. Photo: VINO
A customer giving one of the differently abled participants money after receiving a token for shopping at RiteWay. Photo: VINO
Staff of RiteWay Food Markets and BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) wearing coloured socks in support of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (WDSD). Photo: VINO
Staff of RiteWay Food Markets and BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) wearing coloured socks in support of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (WDSD). Photo: VINO
Staff of Cash and Carry supporting World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Photo:VINO
Staff of Cash and Carry supporting World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Photo:VINO
A person with Down Syndrome helps to sign customers receipt at Riteway Food Markets in Pasea Estate. Photo: VINO
A person with Down Syndrome helps to sign customers receipt at Riteway Food Markets in Pasea Estate. Photo: VINO
PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI – Staff of RiteWay Food Market, in collaboration with the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA), celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) today, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, by wearing bright and multi coloured socks and allowed two persons with Down Syndrome to spend two hours working with them.

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21 and allows persons around the world to choose their own events and activities in an effort to help raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is and what it means to have Down Syndrome. This allows persons with Down Syndrome to play a vital role within the community.

According to the World Down Syndrome Day website, March 21 was selected to celebrate this day because it signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the twenty-first chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

"Odd socks" were chosen as a symbol for WDSD worldwide because chromosomes are shaped like socks, and those with Down Syndrome have an extra one.

“RTW committed to giving back to community” - Allison L. Scatliffe

In an exclusive interview with Allison L. Scatliffe, Marketing Brand Manager for RiteWay Food Market, she stated that Social Development Department contacted them and asked them to observe WDSD by allowing two individuals with Down Syndrome to work with the staff for two hours as a store assistant and a store greeter.

She said, “In observing World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, we had two students that were store assistants or store greeters. We agreed because Road Town Wholesale (RTW) is committed to giving back to the community and also we tend to include differently abled persons, so this was a great opportunity for us to have them on board working with us.”

Differently abled persons should feel “appreciated & welcomed”- Georgene P. Henry

Meanwhile, speaking with Georgene P. Henry, Programme Aid at the BVI Health Services Day Programme for adults with disabilities, she stated that each year the department tries to involve persons with Down Syndrome in various activities across the territory in order to make them feel “appreciated and welcomed.”

She also commented that the Day Programme falls under the Disability Services Unit of Social Development which falls under the Ministry of Health and Social Development, which is supervised by Mrs Lorna Dawson.

“Today is World Down Syndrome Awareness Day and one of the things we try to do is include participants in various activities across Tortola in different establishments and RiteWay has been so gracious enough to allow us to bring two of our participants with Down Syndrome here to spend two hours with them. RiteWay staff is really on board and everybody came in their coloured socks and that was a good thing because it made the participants feel welcomed and appreciated,” explained Ms Henry.

She continued, “BVI Health Services Authority has a day programme for adults with disabilities under the Social Development Department and we have different levels of disabilities, Down Syndrome being one of them, Autism and Mild Mental Retardation among others."

10 Responses to “RiteWay staff wear 'wacky' coloured socks for World Down Syndrome Day”

  • Customer (21/03/2018, 17:06) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is so sweet
  • Blessed (21/03/2018, 17:29) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    God Bless those with Down Syndrome ALWAYS and FOREVER
  • Just Woke (21/03/2018, 17:33) Like (5) Dislike (23) Reply
    Not inteewsted. Since the storm me and my family and my neighbors don't shop there no more. Its either One mart. Supa Value or Bobby's. Didn't like how they treated their workers after the storm.. Inhumane..
    • @ just woke (21/03/2018, 19:30) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      oh hush when other local company where laying off you aint say shit! so go away you hater
    • Really? (21/03/2018, 22:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      What? When other stores was down and out of supplies especially chicken and meat RTW was there. I sure the workers worked as usual but shorter hours to please us the people and made us feel a lil bit of civilization when in there under the cold ac keeping the shelves stacked and looking clean like nothing happened (i did) And i know the workers appreciate going somewhere with power with cold storage and hot food (i would have appreciated that)
      It's very nice what they did today for those young men cause they all want to feel normal.
  • one eye (21/03/2018, 18:13) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    how they say RW FM was not doing anything for the people? I don't see any other buinesses doing good things with all the money they made after the hurricanes
  • No support (22/03/2018, 01:23) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    All these workers RTW has and not even 10 bloggs of likes. Something is wrong up there. U will expect to see at lease a better support from staff..
  • bvi to the bone (22/03/2018, 06:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    @no support you are not talking much sense. What if the staff have no time to blog like you and others who just troll the news to find fault and bash anything and everything? They already did their part so why blog? They will be talking to many persons personally. I wouldn't blog either if I was a part of it. You are so negative that I think you don't like yourself. Rite Way saved the BVI in a big way after the hurricanes even though they were looted they opened for us. They could have closed and spite us but they did not. So talk positive in your life.
    • Agree (22/03/2018, 09:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some people just judge without thinking. It have alot of individuals that lost everything even their job and still looking employment either Tortola or abroard due to no choose but to leave temporary because of their kids and having stonger support and shelter. So i think the staff of RTW should be happy and appreciate their job. I even saw the workers from the one down Fort Burt side which was looted badly still have a job at another RTW. So why waste time blogging like alot of individuals do when they on other people time and job. Remember when working you providing service for others you cant be selfish and I hate to see persons not taking their work serious. So keep up the good job RTW AND STAFF
  • GR (22/03/2018, 09:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    My Poonkie doing his do! Great job, Poonkie! Your big sister is soooooo proud of you!


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