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The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT)


BUDDY WALK

Developed by the National Down Syndrome Association (NDSS) in 1995, the Buddy Walk® promotes awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. It also aims to raise funds for education, research, advocacy and community based programs. The Buddy Walk® is the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Toronto’s 4th Annual Buddy Walk® is a 3 km walk alongside Ashbridges Bay boardwalk, followed by a celebration with food, prizes and a fun social gathering.

YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK . . .

NEW & EXPECTANT PARENT PROGRAM

Provides resources, information and mentoring upon learning of the diagnosis.

PAL PROGRAMS
Events and activities focused on developing and nurturing a social network while learning and having fun with peers.

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
Workshops, information sessions and guest speakers educate members of our community on a wide variety of topics.

SUPPORT GROUPS
Skill-based support groups for parents to help cope.

SOCIAL EVENTS
Events for parents, guardians and adult caregivers to support one another, share information, resources and advice.

BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER
Events to support and grow our community on an ongoing basis.

EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS

DSAT receives no government funding and relies on private donations to provide programming for our community. Most of the money raised remains with DSAT and 7% of the funds support the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and their efforts for advocacy for people with Down syndrome.

FUNDING IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DOWN SYNDROME IN OUR COMMUNITY TO:

  • Lead active lives
  • Cultivate a circle of support
  • Build a stronger community

ONLINE DONATIONS:

Donations/Pledges can be made online through our website here:

Click here to make a Contribution

PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISING:

Create your own Buddy Walk fundraising goal, create your own contribution page or team page, and invite peers to give.

Click here to Create an Individual or Team Fundraising Page 

FOR PLEDGE SHEETS OR FOR INFORMATION:

Pledge Forms: Pledge forms are now part of our online system. Simply create a fundraising page and you'll see the option to download an offline pledge form.

Phone: 416-966-0990

Email: web.team@dsat.ca

BUDDY WALK ITINERARY:

  • 10:00 am Registration/Check-in/Donation Drop-off/T-Shirt Pickup
  • 10:00 am Face Painting
  • 10:00 am Team photos (10 am to 1 pm)
  • 10:30 am Ten Minute Yoga Warm-Up – Beach Yoga Centre
  • 10:40 am Opening Remarks 
  • 10:45 am Guest Speakers
  • 11:00 am Countdown to begin the Walk 
  • 12:00 pm Walk ends – Wraps + Fruits + Water being served and more team photos
  • 12:15 pm Congratulate walkers; Thank Vendors, Sponsors and Volunteers 
  • 12:20 pm Draw prizes 
  • 12:25 pm Remarks from DSAT
  • 12:28 pm Closing remarks and announce date for next year 
  • 12:30 pm Puppet Show by Images Puppet Productions
  • 1:00 pm Buddy Walk ends

 

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HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
CLICK HERE TO GET INVOLVED

FOUR WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:

WALK DETAILS:

  • The walk is approx 3 km along the Boardwalk Trail - Woodbine Beach Park/Ashbridge's Bay Park to Kew Gardens Park
  • Registration is free and will be held in the Woodbine Picnic Area #2 (click here for more details)

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BEFORE THE WALK:

  • line up your sponsors and obtain complete address information
  • try to collect your pledge money beforehand
  • make any cheques payable to The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto
  • advise sponsors that tax receipts will be mailed for pledges of $20.00 or more

ON WALK DAY:

  • Please dress for the weather. The Buddy Walk will take place rain or shine
  • Total the “Total Pledged” column and bring the pledge sheet, along with your pledge money, with you to the Registration/Check-In desk at the Walk
  • Team captains can check in and submit pledges on behalf of their team.
  • Pre-ordered T-Shirts can be picked up at the Registration/Check-In desk. We don't have any T-Shirts for sale onsite. They had to be pre-ordered. 


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PROUD SPONSORS OF THE 2016 DSAT BUDDY WALK
 

PLATINUM SPONSORS:


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COMMUNITY MEDIA SPONSOR:


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SILVER SPONSORS:


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DSAT

PO Box 40039
Liberty Village PO
Toronto ON M5V 0K7
416-966-0990 

Non-Profit Charitable
Organization #
11888 7942 RR0001

Established in 1987

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