Large marathon and challenge events like the KBC Dublin Marathon, Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and Tough Mudder challenge have all been postponed this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go the distance for Down Syndrome Ireland to raise much needed funds to support children and adults with Down syndrome across the country.

If you are looking for something to keep you active and something positive to focus on, we have just what you are looking for.


About our 21 Day Challenge

We launched our 21 Day Challenge fitness initiative earlier in 2020, asking people to walk, run, cycle or swim 100 km in 21 days.

We’re now 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.

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.

So get creative, stay active and stay safe!

Register today by completing the form below and tell us how you’re keeping active.


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.


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