Hold a Go for Gold Day for Down Syndrome Ireland, marking our 50th year providing support and services nationally to people with Down syndrome and their families across Ireland.

We are asking schools to host a Fundraiser for DSI this year as one of their end of year celebrations. Set up a Go For Gold Sports Day or Go For Gold Hero Day, using the Down Syndrome Ireland branded materials we provide to decorate the school, and award a ‘medal’ sticker to everyone involved.

We can also provide you with a presentation aimed at a younger audience along with Teacher Notes which can support you in teaching your pupils about Down syndrome and improve their understanding of disability and the importance of inclusion.

Download our primary school student information and teaching resources for your classroom or community group and let’s get everyone talking to raise awareness.

You might also like to incorporate your party preparations into an art class and invite all your children to paint or draw their favourite Hobby or prepare a Show & Tell for their friends.

To help kick off your day we have provided some fun downloadables:


You can register below to receive your pack (which includes balloons and stickers) and while you are waiting for your pack to arrive you can use this poster to advertise your Go For Gold day or print this poster to help spread awareness of our Go For Gold campaign!

Our suggested donation on the day is €2 with all donations gratefully received.

We would love to see any pictures you take on the day please tag us in @downsyndromeireland to our social media pages and also use #GoForGold4DSI and #ShareTheJourney.

Some schools may wish to set up a donation page, we recommend iDonate for this but please contact Bernice for any assistance.

We urge all fundraisers to follow the current Department of Health public health Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

Please feel free to contact Bernice@downsyndrome.ie should you have any queries.

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Why Go For Gold?

2021, marks 50 years since Down Syndrome Ireland started in Ireland. As the Golden anniversary, we are asking people to ‘Go For Gold’ reach for the best they can do.

How do we get involved?

Simply register on the form above, your pack with stickers will be sent out, and download materials from the links. The day is a way to help celebrate, raise funds, and further awareness of Down syndrome in Ireland.

Is there a fundraising target?

No, there is no target for each school, all funds are gratefully received.

Our suggested donation on the day is €2 with all donations gratefully received.

We also have a text to donate option that can be used and shared among parents if that is easier.

Text GOLDEN to 50300 to donate €4.

Text costs €4. Down Syndrome will receive a minimum of €3.60.

Service Provider: LIKECHARITY.

Helpline: 076 6805278.

How to lodge funds raised?

You can lodge funds raised via our donation page on our website.

Or through a bank transfer, please ensure you let us know and reference your school name

Donations can be made directly to our Bank Account using the details below:

A/c name: Down Syndrome Ireland

Bank: AIB, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin.

A/C #: 17850076

Sort code: 93-10-12


IBAN: IE75 AIBK 9310 1217 8500 7

Can we do our own theme for Go For Gold?

Yes, of course, and please tell us about it.

What will the Go For Gold campaign help support in 2021?

It will enable us to continue providing practical resources specifically designed to meet the learning needs and abilities of young children with Down syndrome as they start Primary school. This is so important in giving them the best start on their educational journey

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