By Heather Collins
Fishers residents Kalpana Naik will teach her fusion art form during Down Syndrome Indiana’s 20th annual Buddy Walk. The walk helps raise funds for Down syndrome research and will take place 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at Celebration Plaza at White River State Park in Indianapolis.
Through Buddy Walk, Down Syndrome Indiana wants to raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and Down syndrome advocacy groups, promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and enhance the position of the Down syndrome community to positively influence local and national policy. Proceeds go toward funding for the Down Syndrome Indiana programs and services that assist individuals with Down syndrome.
Naik, owner of Clay and Canvas, is an artist who teachers a fusion 3-D art form combining clay and canvas that can help children develop fine motor skills. Naik will be at the children’s tent during Buddy Walk.
Naik, of Fishers, said she has worked with Down Syndrome Indiana at past events, but this is the first year that she will participate in the Buddy Walk with her family.
“It is important to attend and show our support as a community for Down Syndrome. This fundraiser helps non-profit organizations raise the money for their cause,” Naik said. “It is a free event and has many children’s activities. We want to show we care for the children with special needs and love them.”
Naik said although she does not personally know anyone with Down Syndrome, she enjoys volunteering for various charity events.
“Volunteering for children gives me a great feeling and making a difference in the community and also, sets a good example to my children,” Naik said. “I always take time out to volunteer for the charity events.”
For more, visit dsindiana.org.