In 1995, the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization held its first Buddy Walk© to promote awareness of the capabilities of people with Down syndrome. The event began with 50 people. Today over 2,000 people gather to walk. The event provides most of the annual funding for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization’s programs.
In 2018, Gold Coast renamed the walk DownRight ExtraOrdinary a Walk for Down Syndrome to avoid paying thousands of dollars for licensing the Buddy Walk name. We chose Downright to reflect Down syndrome and Extraordinary because people with Down syndrome have an extra 23rd chromosome–and are ExtraOrdinary!