This year the Cow & Gate Big Toddle for Barnardos needs to raise over €300,000 to support Barnardos work with pre-school children in Ireland. The Cow & Gate Big Toddle for Barnardos is a fun sponsored walk for toddlers and an enjoyable way to raise funds to support the vital work that Barnardos does with children and families in communities all over Ireland. Mums, dads, grandparents, parenting groups and crèches can register their toddlers now on www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle
TV3 Presenter Sybil Mulcahy said at the launch: “I am thrilled to be involved in the Cow & Gate Big Toddle for Barnardos 2013. Ireland’s toddlers need our support so let’s all get together this May and June and hold our own Big Toddle for Barnardos. It is a great way for mums and dads to raise money for the children’s charity while also getting to have a fun family day out themselves – and the little ones just love it! As a mum it means a lot for me to be involved and to be able to support Barnardos and the children and families they work with”.
A toddle can be held anywhere at anytime between the 1st May and 31st June. Everyone who registers will receive a free Toddle pack in the post with all the fun stuff you need to organise a Big Toddle for your little ones – hats, stickers, certificates, bunting and health and safety information.
The entire cost of the pack and materials has been covered by Cow & Gate, so all funds raised by Ireland’s little toddlers go directly to support Barnardos work. Families can hold an event in their back gardens, communities can get together in their local park or even hold a street party in their neighbourhood to cheer on the tots, and each and every small step will make a huge impact on the lives of other children.
Ruth Guy, Barnardos Director of Fundraising and Marketing, said, “CSO figures published recently for 2011 showed the increasing deprivation and poverty facing children and families up and down the country. Almost 107,000 children in Ireland are now living in consistent poverty. Barnardos is here for these children and families but we need your help to ensure this work can continue. Support children in Ireland today by registering for the Cow & Gate Big Toddle for Barnardos.”
Barnardos works with children and families in over 40 centres throughout the country whose lives are marred by issues such as poverty, neglect and educational disadvantage. Barnardos focus is on early intervention – to give children the best possible start in life by providing them with a place to learn, play safely, have fun and reach their full potential.
“Cow & Gate are delighted to be the new sponsor for the Big Toddle for Barnardos” said Jaime O’Shea, Marketing Director, Cow & Gate. “At Cow & Gate our vision is to provide the best possible start for children and make a difference to their long term health. The Big Toddle for Barnardos fits perfectly – we’re encouraging everyone with toddlers to sign up today. It’s a fun event that toddlers love to take part in and it’s a great way for them to learn the importance of helping other children” Ms O’Shea continued.
The Big Toddle for Barnardos is now in its 10th year. 2013 will see Ireland’s littlest feet take to the streets to toddle over 25,000 miles and raise funds to help other children their own age. With each half mile toddle adding up, between them, Ireland’s toddlers will toddle the distance of seven times Ireland’s coastline. Since 2004, 158,000 children have toddled almost 80,000 miles – that is around the world three times! 5,764 groups have organised their own Toddles and together have raised over €2.6 million for children in Ireland.
Families, crèches, schools and groups can register their toddlers today for the event of the year for young children in Ireland by visiting www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle or by phoning 1850 222 300. You will receive a free fun pack that includes everything you need to organise your Big Toddle!