Buddy Walk®

presented by Down Syndrome Indiana

 

Save the Date - Buddy Walk® 2016

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 Lilly Nature Center in West Lafayette

Saturday, October 8th, 2016 Celebration Plaza at White River State Park

Down Syndrome Indiana has coordinated Buddy Walk® Indianapolis for over a decade now and is excited to introduce the Inaugural Buddy Walk® Lafayette. Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness event for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is the largest fundraising and awareness event for Down Syndrome Indiana. Buddy Walk® is a family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters.

As a direct result of event sponsorships, team fundraising and generous public donations, Down Syndrome Indiana is able to continue providing educational resources, informational programs, parent support networks, and social events for individuals with Down syndrome.

Buddy Walk® is a no-fee, non-competitive event for families, however Down Syndrome Indiana does encourage friendly competition in fundraising. For more information about hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Buddy Walk®, please contact the Down Syndrome Indiana office at 317-925-7617. You can also use a donation form to track offline donations made to your team!

As the largest  annual event for Down Syndrome Indiana, the Buddy Walk® would not be a successful event without the time and talents of many volunteers. If you, or someone you know would like to volunteer at the Buddy Walk®, please contact Song Ly at song@dsindiana.org. 

Why Walk?

Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) as an event to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This event is officially licensed by the National Down Syndrome Society to support groups and organizations across the country to positively influence on a local level the awareness of the Down syndrome community. Walks usually occur in October in observance of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
 
Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is currently the largest fundraising event for Down Syndrome Indiana, with this year’s goal set at $213,000 for corporate and team sponsorships.
 
The Buddy Walk® has three primary goals:
  • To promote acceptance & inclusion of people with Down syndrome
  • To raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs
  • To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice
Proceeds from Buddy Walk® help fund Down Syndrome Indiana programs and services that help individuals with Down syndrome and their families. These programs and services include, but are not limited to:
  • New Parent Information & Resource Packets
  • Educators’ Resources
  • Social Activities
  • Support for Research and Advocacy
  • Informational and Educational Conferences
     
     

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