buddy walk 2022 MAY 14, 2022
Ashbridge's Bay Park
10TH ANNUAL BUDDY WALK

JOIN US FOR TORONTO’S
10TH ANNUAL BUDDY WALK

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 from 10:00AM-1:00PM

Woodbine/Ashbridge’s Bay Park, 1677 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Not every hero can run at the speed of light or jump over tall buildings in a single bound. Some heroes make a difference by simply giving a smile at just the right moment or extending a helping hand to a friend when needed the most. Regardless of how you define a hero, one thing is for sure — a hero is someone who changes the lives of others everyday. This is exactly what you will be doing when you join us for the Toronto Buddy Walk.

Join the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT) and walk for awareness and raise funds for Down syndrome!

Promote a proud Canada where ALL are welcome, where we embrace diversity and where we value everyone’s genes equally!

#DSATBW2022

Buddy Walk DSAT Toronto
DSAT Buddy Walk 2022

Join us on the walk to help raise awareness

WALK WITH US

Register as a team or individual & collect pledges

REGISTER

Sponsor a Team

SPONSOR

Sponsor a Participant

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YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK . . .

In response to COVID-19, DSAT has launched several virtual programs (over 22 programs held per month) to keep our community connected and thriving!

NEW & EXPECTANT PARENT PROGRAM

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

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Online programs for individuals of all ages, including; Adaptive Sports Ball, Dance Rock, Yoga, Cooking Classes, Art, Financial Literacy and a variety of Social Programs.

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

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

SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

Providing support to over 1000 direct inquiries per year. From new parent inquiries to mental and physical health resources.

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.

TOP FUNDRAISERS

TOP TEAMS

CREATE YOUR TEAM

Gather your family, friends, co-workers and furry friends to join us in support of the Buddy Walk!

DSAT has become aware of individuals falsely representing themselves as working on behalf of DSAT and soliciting donations over the phone.

The Down Syndrome Association (DSAT) has never solicited donations over the phone . If you receive a phone call from any individual soliciting a donation on behalf of DSAT, please do not give out any financial information. We only accept donations through our secure website.

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VOLUNTEER WITH US

Volunteers are the heart of our community. Give a piece of your heart and become a DSAT volunteer! For a small amount of your time, you can make a BIG difference in someone's life.

OUR BUDDY WALK SPONSORS

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Interested in sponsorship information? Contact info@dsat.ca.

DIAMOND SPONSORS

CIBC Bank

GOLD SPONSORS

Boardwalk Gold Buddy Walk Sponsor

10th Annual “Buddy Walk” brings awareness, funds for Down syndrome

Buddy Walk Fundraising Incentives

For this year’s virtual fundraising campaign, DSAT is offering various Fundraising Incentives.

Buddy walk, Family photo

TAKE PART IN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE

  • The Contest begins on Saturday, April 22nd at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on Friday, May 13th at 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Prizes awarded weekly (April 29 | May 6 | May 13)
  • Random draw based on the number of entries where participants used promotional banners provided by DSAT
  • Cannot be the same winner every week

HOW TO ENTER

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To participate in this Contest you must do one of the following:

  • Share with us how you’re completing your 3km walk by tagging us in a photo or video using the hashtag #DSATBW2022 with reference to your individual or team name, along with our sponsors by using our official branded Buddy Walk signage (hard copy or digital via tablet).
  •  Change your social media banners on Facebook to the official branded Buddy Walk signage and tag us with hashtag #DSATBW2022 with a reference to your individual or team name.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a resident of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • Must be registered as a team or individual for the DSAT Buddy Walk

BUDDY WALK SIGNAGE

Download Buddy Walk Signage Images (Click on the image to download) | [PDF version]

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BUDDY WALK FACEBOOK BANNER

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View Social Media Challenge Rules

TAKE PART IN OUR BUDDY WALK CHALLENGE

By challenging our community to fundraise, we are able to better provide resources and information to families, supports for educators and healthcare providers and support parents with workshops, advocacy and outreach. Every amount raised impacts a life. As fundraising targets are met, you and your team will earn fun rewards at the Buddy Walk.

Weekly Top Individual Fundraiser – April 22nd to May 13th

  • Prizes awarded weekly to the top individual fundraiser (April 29 | May 6 | May 13)
  • Cannot be the same winner every week
  • Individuals may begin raising funds as of March 28th to get a head start!

Team or Individual Fundraising Prizes

You have the opportunity to receive one of the following rewards for your hard work and determination.

Raise $5000 + in pledges:

  • Apple TV 32GB (4th Generation)
  • Airpods w/ Charging Case
  • Dr. J Professional HI-04 Mini Video Projector
  • Kobo Libra H2O E-Reader

Raise $2500 + in pledges:

  • JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Kobo Clara HD E-Reader
  • Fitbit Charge 4
  • 1-year Disney+ Subscription

Raise $1500 + in pledges:

  • $75 Amazon Giftcard
  • Saje Aroma Diffuser
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini
  • Good Food Family Meal for 1 week

Please note:  A team or individual is only eligible for one reward.  Team rewards will be awarded to the team captain.

Buddy Walk Location

BUDDY WALK DETAILS

  • The Toronto Buddy Walk is location at Woodbine/Ashbridge’s Bay Park, 1677 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 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
  • T-Shirts will be available for sale onsite (adult, youth, and toddlers sizes)

There are a number of parking options available.

View parking lot locations and rates

  • 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

BUDDY WALK ITINERARY:

  • 10:00 am Registration/Donation Drop-off
  • 10:00 am Face Painting
  • 10:00 am Team photos (10 am to 1 pm)
  • 10:30 am Ten Minute Warm-Up
  • 10:40 am Opening Remarks
  • 10:45 am Guest Speakers
  • 11:00 am Countdown to begin the Walk
  • 12:00 pm Walk ends (Food & Beverages, more Team Photos & dancing)
  • 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
  • 12:30 pm Magic Show
  • 1:00 pm Buddy Walk ends