Host your own fundraising event

Thank you for choosing to organise an event for Down Syndrome Ireland. We really appreciate your support.

Organising your own fundraising event is fun, rewarding, and can make a real difference to those with Down syndrome and their families. We’ve put together some simple tips to help guide you through the process of creating your own fundraising event.


How it works?

  1. Choose your event

Breakfast morning, sponsored challenge, quiz night, parachute jump – it’s up to you!

  1. Fundraise

Set up an online fundraising page with iDonate or Enthuse. Or you can complete our Event Proposal Form.

  1. Host your event

Promote it on your socials, take pictures, invite friends, family and colleagues to support you. Remember you are doing something amazing for people with Down syndrome.

  1. Lodge your funds

Your funds will help us to make a huge difference to the lives of people with Down syndrome. There are plenty of ways to lodge your funds. If you raised funds online, these will be automatically transferred to Down Syndrome Ireland so you don’t need to do a thing.



Fundraising Guidelines

Important Information

  • The event must be conducted in accordance with all applicable laws.
  • Down Syndrome Ireland is happy to offer advice and guidance for coordinating your event, however, the overall running of the event, including expenses, record keeping and management is ultimately the Fundraiser’s responsibility.


Do I need insurance?

Down Syndrome Ireland insurance cannot extend to volunteer events – therefore it is advisable to seek independent insurance advice.


Do I need a permit?

If you are collecting money from the public you will require a Garda Síochána permit which must be obtained from your local Garda Station. We will advise you on what you need to do. All individuals engaged in public/street collections on behalf of Down Syndrome Ireland must be identifiable as collecting on behalf of Down Syndrome Ireland. This should include the wearing of branded t-shirts or bibs, name badges and appropriately branded collection buckets.


Can the charity cover the costs of my challenge event?

Fundraising activities which are organised by taking part in a challenge event should state very clearly that the funds being raised are for the purposes of that event and state what portion of the funds will go towards paying for the event. This ensures that those who contribute understand that some of the monies raised will go towards the cost of the challenge and the rest to Down Syndrome Ireland and will clear-up any misunderstanding that all the money raised will flow to Down Syndrome Ireland.



If you are organising a raffle where tickets are to be sold other than to your guests you should contact us for advice as you may need a permit. All lotteries must comply with the law.

Door-to-door calls are only permissible if you know the residents and should be made during daylight hours.


Can I fundraise for more than one charity?

If you are fundraising for more than one charity, details for all the charities should appear on all promotional materials and donors should be made aware of how the proceeds will be shared among the different charities.



We want you to enjoy your fundraising activities and stay safe! Down Syndrome Ireland can accept no liability for any loss, damage or injury caused during the event you undertake. Down Syndrome Ireland’s insurance does not cover property or the property of your helpers and guests, nor does it cover your personal liability for any injury suffered by yourself or your event participants. Remember to use common sense when it comes to health and safety. Where food is involved, please take care and work to ensure safe preparation, storage and cooking. Please follow good hygiene practices.


For more information

If you’d like to discuss fundraising event ideas with us, get in touch with our Fundraising Manager, Lauren McCarthy at