Odyssey member, Sara Pickard, will have a month to remember this March as she has been asked to speak about health issues for people with Down’s Syndrome in some very high profile places. Working for Mencap and having toured professionally twice with Hijinx Theatre, as well as regularly performing with Odyssey, Sara is no stranger to public speaking but even for an experienced presenter like herself being asked to speak at the House of Commons in London and then three days later at the United Nations headquarters in New York is a once in a lifetime experience!
UK Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week takes place from 17th – 23rd March and the theme this year is better health care for adults with Down’s Syndrome. The Down’s Syndrome Association has been piloting a Health Book over the past few years and during Awareness Week this year the final version will be launched by Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, at an event at the Churchill Room in the House of Commons on Tuesday 18th March, with copies of the final Health Book being posted to all 3,000 adult members of the Down’s Syndrome Association during the week. Since Sara helped to pilot the Health Book she has been asked to speak at the launch at the House of Commons about why it is important for all people with Down’s Syndrome to look after their health needs and keep their Health Book up to date.
Sara then flies out to New York and on Friday 21st March, World Down’s Syndrome Day, will represent the UK members of the Down’s Syndrome Association at a major event marking the day at the United Nations Headquarters. There she will be speaking about health issues for those with Down’s Syndrome and the Health Book initiative.
Everyone at Hijinx Theatre wishes Sara the best of luck with her presentations.