Right now we’re all in lockdown but we are still allowed to exercise up to 5km from our homes. Why not join Irish rugby star and Down Syndrome Ireland Ambassador Conor Murray and get active for DSI by taking on our 21 Day Challenge and help raise money to support our work.
“The 21 day challenge encourages people to get up and get active during what is a uniquely stressful time for everyone,” Conor says of the 21 day challenge.
By taking part, you will be helping to raise money which will allow DSI to continue providing essential services, programmes and supports to children and adults with Down syndrome right across the country.
Conor added: “Completing 100 kms in just 21 days is no easy challenge but with the flexibility of being able to mix it up and do part swimming, part running or maybe part walking, it’s a challenge that’s achievable. Whether people take part in their homes, in their local park or on the streets, they can decide the place and they decide the pace. I’m appealing to people to get involved. It’s a great way to get active with family, friends or colleagues, have some fun and help raise money to support DSI.”
Register today by completing the form below and tell us how you’re keeping active.
About our 21 Day Challenge
We have launched our 21 Day Challenge fitness initiative asking people to walk, run, cycle or swim 100 km in 21 days.
Now that we’re in lockdown, we’re encouraging people to be creative and challenge themselves to any daily activity for 21 consecutive days – something that suits you and helps you stay active. Whether it’s a daily walk, run or wheelchair in your local park; squats or sit-ups in your back garden; star jumps or Zumba in your living room – you decide the place and you decide the pace.
So get creative, stay active and stay safe!
How it works
Register today and your iDonate fundraising page will be set up for you. iDonate is an online fundraising platform that you can use to collect your donations. Personalise your fundraising page with details of how you’ll be staying active and let your family and friends know you are taking part by sharing a link to your page through your social media.
- Why 21 days?
Down syndrome occurs when there is one extra copy of chromosome 21 in cells in the body. That’s why we’ve selected 21 days.
- Is there a start/finish date?
Your challenge must run for 21 consecutive days but you choose your start date.
- Is there a registration fee?
Registering for our 21 Day Challenge is free but we do encourage you to raise as much money as you can to support our work.
- Is there a fundraising target?
Set yourself a fundraising target and let your supporters know what you are aiming for. Your target should be a challenge but also achievable with help from family, friends and colleagues.
- How do I track my challenge?
If you’ve opted to walk, run, jog or wheelchair, we recommend that you download a fitness app like Strava or Map My Fitness to track and record your distance. You can then connect your fitness app to your iDonate fundraising page.
For activities at home, simply manually update your fundraising page with your progress. Sharing videos on social media of what you’ve been getting up to is a great way to get support and generate donations on your page
- How do I connect my fitness app to my iDonate fundraising page?
Connecting your fitness app to your fundraising page is a great way for your supporters to see your progress. Simply go to your iDonate account and go to ‘Edit your fundraising page’. Click Fitness Apps from the side menu options and follow the steps to connect your iDonate account to your tracker. Your logged routes will now show on your fundraising page.
- Can I nominate someone to take part with me?
Yes, the more the merrier! Simply tag friends, family members or colleagues on one of our 21 Day Challenge social media posts or send them a link to this page. Taking part as a group is a great motivator – but please do ensure that you stay safe and follow social distancing guidelines.