Barnardos children’s charity has launched their annual Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by, Ireland’s biggest sponsored walk for under-fives!

2018 will see the little feet of more than 50,000 toddlers – including 1,301 in Donegal – walk more than 25,000 miles to raise money for children their own age.

Every cent raised by Donegal’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.

You can register for the Big Toddle now at

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 Donegal 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 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.”

The Big Toddle is a fun way for toddlers and their families to support the vital work that Barnardos does with more than 1,301 children and families in Donegal 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 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 at

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