Adem Çolak, nicknamed as Iron-horsed Nomad, embarks on a journey from Istanbul to Nordkapp on 30’th August 2017 with the aim of creating awareness for his brother and all the people with Down syndrome. Would you like to participate this international awareness campaign created by the collaboration of Adem Çolak, himself and Down Syndrome Association?
Mounting on his iron horse, he will start his journey from Istanbul and will travel up to the Norddkapp which is the northernmost point of Continental Europe. He will visit totally 25 countries including Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
He will contact with Down syndrome associations in these countries, meet with people with Down syndrome, he will listen to their stories, learn their targets, dreams, their wishes from the people who run the country they live in, he will record all these, take photos and share them in the social media. He will leave a mark of people with Down syndrome in Europe by sticking Down to Earth stickers. And also he will have surprises for some of the countries he will visit.
All this effort bears solely one target which is to create awareness about Down syndrome: Iron-horsed Nomad will spend 80 days on the road to create a synergy between Down syndrome associations on an international level, to have an adventure, to know more about people with Down syndrome, to know oneself, to know ourselves, to live and let live, and to understand that everyone, regardless of what syndrome they may have, must live a life having the same rights…
On 30’th August, he will leave Turkey from the border gate in Edirne and set foot to Greece. In case our association’s member families would like to say farewell and see him off, they may contact us. For those who may miss this opportunity: Don’t feel sorry, we will have a great comeback celebration. He will set foot to Turkey crossing Bulgaria border and there will be a great celebration in Edirne on that day.
We met with Mr.Çolak in 2014, when he sent us a mail about his brother. We received another mail from him about another issue in 2017. In his second e-mail, he asked a question not about his brother but for all the people with Down syndrome. He shared his project with us and requested permission to use our logos. We said that this may be possible but first we would like to meet him. In the meantime, he completed the procedures for taking the necessary visas. And then finally in August, we were sitting around a table together with Mr. Çolak, Salon Reklam, Doret İletişim. Guess what happened? Of course, this beautiful project was born which is only possible to be created when people who really wish to do good things come together. All of a sudden, there was a powerful energy in the air, dreams and targets grew larger and bigger. The project, which was at first only including a challenging motorcycle route, became a challenging a route that covers the world. We called it Down to Earth Road. Actually, this is a route of which each lap will be completed in its own but will never end. This route became something which Adem Çolak, or with the nickname he uses in this route Iron-horsed Nomad started and Down Syndrome Association wishes to turn into an international movement.
Because we wish every traveler, motorcycle lover, runner, trekker, bicycle adventurer, boat lover, in short, everyone who sets off on a journey, everyone who decides to set off to meet a person with Down syndrome, to chat with him/her, ask questions, to get to know him/her and share these memories with all the other people via #Downtoearthroad. That’s why this route will never come to an end. That’s why we, as Down Turkey, envisioned this project as an ongoing process which will be continued in the following years also.
We wish people to follow Iron-horsed Nomad and meet with our kids. When you meet them, you’ll see that being with Down syndrome is only one of the many characteristics they have and it is definitely not something which defines them.
You can see all the sharings on Facebook DownToEarthRoad and demiratliyoruk; on Twitter as DownToEarthRoad; on Instagram downtoearthroad and demiratliyoruk pages.
Take the road. Meet with people with Down syndrome and share your memories at #Downtoaerthroad. Follow the social media accounts listed above. Share your photos, remarks, etc. on these pages too.
Don’t worry. Just support the ones who can do this. Moreover, remember that your support will help this journey to be continued and also enable the association that works for children with Down syndrome to have a proper education to continue its services.
Our target is 16.000 km. By making 25 Eur donation for each 5 km, you can have your name written on our map and give us support on this road. Just Click!
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