A carpool karaoke-style video featuring mothers lip-syncing along with their children who have Down’s Syndrome on ‘A Thousand Years’ has gone viral.
The video was created to mark World Down’s Syndrome Day on March 21. It featured 50 mothers, singing along to Christina Perri’s hit song, ‘A Thousand Years’ with their toddlers, who have Down’s Syndrome.
The brains behind the tear-jerking idea was Becky Carless from Coventry, mother of 4-year old Archie, who has Down’s Syndrome. She saw the car karaoke video by YouTube channel, Singing Hands, which uses Makaton and wanted to re-create it with fellow moms and their special young kids.
Makaton is a language program that helps people communicate using signs and symbols. A lot of the featured moms watched videos on Singing Hands in order to learn the language.
Becky told the Coventry Telegraph that she believes the video has the potential to be the “most viewed across the world on World Down Syndrome Day this year” and urged viewers to share it as much as possible, in order to spread its message.
She also spoke about how proud she felt to have come up with the idea and how she had been receiving support messages worldwide ever since the video went viral.
The singing moms are all members of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, created for parents of children who were born with Down Syndrome in 2013/14.
One of the dads in the Facebook group pulled all the video clips together to create the video titled, “50 Mums, 50 Kids, 1 Extra Chromosome”.
The message that the video is trying to promote is that these moms “wouldn’t change a thing” about their precious kids. The moms hope that the video will change perceptions of people with the condition.
The video featured moms and kids from different ethnicities and was a true testament to finding something that binds them together, amongst diversity.
The most heartening part of the video was the pure and genuine joy the mothers shared with their kids.
The Facebook group also contacted Christina Perri, singer of ‘A Thousand Years’ – the soundtrack to the video – via her husband, on Twitter. They disclosed that the two were extremely supportive of the campaign and video and waived any copyright claim to the music to show their support.
Paul Costabile, Perri’s husband tweeted on Friday, “Such a beautiful video and message!!! It’s a MUST WATCH and a great reminder of the absolute gift all those living with disabilities are to this world.”
The singer, Perri, also expressed her joy and honor over her song being chosen as the of soundtrack for this meaningful video.
Down’s syndrome is a genetic disorder, caused by the presence of an extra chromosome. It is one of the most common chromosome abnormalities in humans and affects about 5.4 million people worldwide.
The viral video now has over 530,000 views on YouTube. Watch it below.