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 5th 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.
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.
Skill-based support groups for parents to help cope.
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:
Donations/Pledges can be made online through our website here:
Create your own Buddy Walk fundraising goal, create your own contribution page or team page, and invite peers to give.
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.
BUDDY WALK ITINERARY:
FOUR WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
BEFORE THE WALK: