JOIN US FOR TORONTO’S
8TH ANNUAL BUDDY WALK

Now Virtual

21 days to walk on your own, or with your family!

August 16th to September 5th

What is a Virtual Walk?

Due to Covid-19, DSAT has decided to take the Buddy Walk virtual! Between August 16th and September 5th, participants can take part in raising awareness and funds by walking 3KM on their own or with family anywhere that maintains safe physical distancing. The 21-day event will be shared on all social platforms, followed by a virtual celebration on September 5th with contests, prizes and entertainment!

We encourage individuals and teams to take part on social media. Share with us how you’re completing your 3km walk by tagging us in a photo or video using the hashtag #DSATBW2020 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).

Join us for Virtual Buddy Walk 2020

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 every day. This is exactly what you will be doing when you join us for the Toronto Buddy Walk.

Virtual Ceremony on September 5th

Like previous Buddy Walks, we will be hosting a celebration with inspirational speeches, entertainment and more! Stay tuned for further details!  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!

21-day Challenge

Participants can raise funds by registering as an individual or a team. This year we are offering various Fundraising Incentives.

To learn more about our Fundraising Incentives click here.

The online platform is now open, register today!

Every dollar counts! DSAT receives no government funding and relies on private donations to provide programming for our community In response to COVID-19, DSAT has launched over 22 virtual programs held monthly to keep our community connected and thriving!

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

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

SPONSOR

SHARE WITH FAMILIES, FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

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.

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.

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.

OUR BUDDY WALK SPONSORS

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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

DIAMOND SPONSOR

CIBC Platinum Buddy Walk Sponsor

GOLD SPONSORS

Leons Gold Buddy Walk Sponsor

8th 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 social challenge

TAKE PART IN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE

  • The Contest begins on Sunday, August 16th at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on Saturday, September 5th at 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Prizes awarded weekly (August 22 | August 29 | September 5)
  • 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 on:

  • Share with us how you’re completing your 3km walk by tagging us in a photo or video using the hashtag #DSATBW2020 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 #DSATBW2020 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]

Download Buddy Walk Signage Outline for fun colouring activities [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.

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

Raise $5000 + in pledges:
(Prize value $175 to $250)

  • Apple TV 32GB (4th Generation)
  • Beats by Dre Headphones
  • Dr. J Professional HI-04 Mini Video Projector

Raise $2500 + in pledges:
(Prize value $150 to $175)

  • JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Google Home
  • Fitbit

Raise $1500 + in pledges:
(Prize value $75 to $100)

  • 1 Year Disney+ Membership
  • Google mini
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini
  • Good Food Family Meal for 1 week

Weekly Top Individual Fundraiser – August 16th to September 5th

  • Prizes awarded weekly to the top individual fundraiser (August 22 | August 29 | September 5)
  • Cannot be the same winner every week
  • Individuals may begin raising funds as of July 6th to get a head start!

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