Get set for the Big Toddle for Barnardos this May/June.
Barnardos children’s charity has launched their annual Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by Toddlebox.ie, Ireland’s biggest sponsored walk for under-fives!
2018 will see the little feet of more than 50,000 toddlers – including 342 in Leitrim - walk more than 25,000 miles to raise money for children their own age. Every cent raised by Leitrim’s toddlers will directly support Barnardos’ work with children in its early year’s services who are being lost to homelessness, to poverty and to neglect.
The Big Toddle will run for May and June as toddlers from all over the country take-over crèches, gardens and communities in a bid to raise as much funds for Barnardos as possible.
Barnardos is calling on groups and families to join them by running their own sponsored walk for Ireland’s littlest feet as a way to help children in their own community
Mary Gamble, Barnardos Director of Fundraising said: “Every year I’m amazed by how many little toddlers, crèches and families from Leitrim come out and support the children we work with in such a fantastic way.
"In Barnardos we are seeing the need for this support now more than ever as more and more children from our early year’s services, that is children who need help meeting their developmental milestones to be ready for school, are living in hotels or in overcrowded accommodation without the space they need to live, play and grow.
"There are thousands more living in poverty and neglect - this is why the Big Toddle is so important. I want to thank Toddlebox.ie for all their support, it allows us run this event so that every cent raised by the children goes directly to our work with other children their age.”
Sophie Harkin, Brand Manager Toddlebox.ie said: “Toddlebox.ie are delighted to be the sponsor of the Big Toddle for Barnardos again this year. Over the last 15 years we have built a strong partnership with Barnardos, brought together by our shared commitment and support of toddlers. We would encourage everyone with little ones to sign up! It's a brilliant event that children love to take part in and it’s a great way for children to learn the importance of helping others. Let's make this year's toddle the most successful yet!”
The Big Toddle is a fun way for toddlers and their families to support the vital work that Barnardos does with more than 342 children and families in Leitrim already signed up to take part. A Big Toddle can be held anywhere, anytime during May and June.
Childcare groups and families can register today for the Big Toddle by visiting the website or by phoning 1850 222 300. You will receive a free fun pack that includes everything you need to organise your Big Toddle! Register now here