Go21 is a celebration of Down syndrome. Like how spectators in a sport yell “Go! Team! Go!”, we are celebrating our community with this name: “Go 21!”

Go21 Is Our Movement

Go21 is all about positive momentum for people with Down syndrome and their families in Canada. 21 refers to the extra chromosomal material from the 21st chromosome that determines if a person has Down syndrome. The Down syndrome community identifies with 21 as a unique number that stands out.

Go21 can also be a Golf Tournament For Down Syndrome Awareness or a Bowl-a-thon For Down Syndrome Awareness. But wherever you go in your community or across the country, when you see the Go21 banner flying, then you will know that you are supporting a person with Down syndrome in your community.

There is strength in “Go”. There is advancement in “Go”. There is strength and advancement in the Down syndrome community. Go21 is our community.

Go21’s Three Outcomes

Builds Community

The event is a fair or festival-style event that has activities for people of all ages. It is a safe place for people with Down syndrome and their families to make friends, build networks, and strengthen their community.

Raises Awareness

The event is a great opportunity to learn more about people with Down syndrome, their challenges, and their accomplishments. The event encourages dialogue about all aspects of Down syndrome.


Supporting the walk ensures CDSS is able to fund the resources necessary for teaching and educating expecting parents of children with Down syndrome, helping self advocates find education and employment opportunities, and distribution of materials to schools.

Upcoming Go21 Events

Swim with Bright Socks: In Memory of Gage Severson

One of Gage’s favorite things to do was coming for a swim at the pool.  He had a sheer passion for swimming and fun times at the pool and came for a swim at least twice a week.  Gage won the hearts of all the lifeguards and they all looked forward to seeing him smiling and playing at the pool every week.

In memory of Gage’s joy at the pool, we invite everyone to join us in the pool for a “Toonie Swim” with your bright and colorful socks on! The $2 entry to the event will go towards helping spread awareness, advocacy and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome, just like Gage.


Saturday May 18, 2019
1:00pm – 4:00 pm


Credit Union Coop Aquatic Center
5202 53 Ave
Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B2

Event Link: Visit Event Page

Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society’s 4th Go21 Walk!

The Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society (GVDSS) provides information and understanding about Down syndrome, act as resources and supports for one another, and helps to create a better understanding of diversity.

In addition to the traditional walk we have hosted in the past, this year we are again excited to add a Family Fun Day component with a variety of activities including inflatable bouncies, face painting, the Super Heroes and Princesses of Victoria and other games.

Pizza and snacks will be provided or bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy!


Sunday June 2, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Beckwith Park
857 Beckwith Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3S3

Event Link: Visit Event Page

Go21 YEG: Presented by the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society

This is Go21 YEG’s 14th Annual Walk for Edmonton Down Syndrome Society, with a whole new look!  Join the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society community and approximately 500 registrants for our signature walk around Hawrelak Park.

Join us for a fun day with bouncy castles, balloon artists, face painters and Hunter the Oilers mascot and other surprise visitors you won’t want to miss!


Sunday June 9th, 2019
9:00am – 2:00pm (walk starts at 11:00am)


Hawrelak Park
9330 Groat Road NW
Edmonton, Alberta

Event Link: Visit Event Page

Go21 In Your Community

Why should your community have a Go21 event?

  • Go21 is a flexible event model. You are not restricted to hold Go21: Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness. If you think your community will be better served through a hockey tournament, yoga workshop, or anything else that promotes action and activity, Go21 can be modelled to suit your event’s needs.
  • Go21 offers more support. Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) will be able to offer more for the event before, during, and after in the way of merchandise, communications, and advertising.
  • Go21 maintains brand consistency. Everything will be branded with the CDSS red and black colours and asterisk that represent Down syndrome in Canada. Go21 is also consistent with existing CDSS initiatives.
  • Go21 is cost effective. You will be able to keep a greater share of the funds raised in your own community, as well be able to spend less on the event. More resources and support will be given to supporting people with Down syndrome in Canada!

Interested in Joining Our Movement?

We are thrilled you are interested in having your own Go21 event. Please contact the Go21 Team for more information – we’ll talk you through the details and send you a starter package. Toll-Free: 1-800-883-5608 ext 201