Barnardos children’s charity recently launched their 19th annual Big Toddle. This year Barnardos celebrates the Big Toddle’s Little Heroes – Ireland’s youngest fundraisers who help vulnerable children their own age by completing a fun half-mile sponsored walk in their creche, childcare group, pre-school and with their families. Over the last 19 years these Little Heroes have toddled more than 300,000 miles and raised €4.2 million in support of Barnardos Early Years Services.
Big Toddle Ambassador Karen Koster said: “I’m delighted to be part of Barnardos’ Big Toddle and proud of the hard work of all the little fundraisers across the country. Every child taking part should see themselves as a Little Hero. What could be more special than children helping children to have happy childhood memories? I’m encouraging crèches, pre-schools, community groups and families to get involved to help raise money to support Barnardos’ Early Years services across the country. To join in the fun, register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle. Enjoy and happy toddling everyone! “
Barnardos Director of Fundraising, Mary Gamble said: “Barnardos has worked with children and families in Ireland for 60 years to transform the lives of vulnerable children, because childhood lasts a lifetime. We know that as a result of the cost of living increases the families we support are under more pressure than ever before. This is why this year’s Big Toddle is so important – because with the help of Ireland’s littlest fundraisers we can reach more children who need us. I urge you to register your family or creche online at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.’
Whether you’re a local crèche, a parent or a childminder you can organise your own Big Toddle anytime in May or June by registering at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle - your support ensures that some of the youngest and most vulnerable children Barnardos works with are given the best possible start in life.