WELCOME to this year’s TRIANGLE BUDDY WALK® Celebration. We all know that COVID-19 has seriously impacted our lives and community. We are a community of overcomers and will rise together to raise funds to support critical programs that impact the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. Join the North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 2020 Triangle Buddy Walk®. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, take the first step, and donate or register today! Help us spread the word; all are welcome for our day of celebration!
Given the size and scale of our annual Triangle Buddy Walk® and the unknowns related to COVID-19, the Buddy Walk Committee is currently planning this year’s Buddy walk with two different scenarios. Whichever one occurs...it is going to be EPIC!!! Stay Tuned for lots of fun, celebration, and engagement over the next couple of months!
Scenario A: In-Person event on a large-scale event using Social distancing guidelines. We will be having a parking lot tailgating party and a 1.5-mile Car Parade instead of our usual Buddy Walk. The event will be designed to keep teams in place with minimal congregation. The day of celebration will look completely different, but we will still have a celebration. We will also have a virtual walk live-streamed for those that have concerns about celebrating in person.
Scenario B: If a large-scale in-person event is deemed unsafe then we will proceed with a virtual event. Each Buddy Walk Team will receive a “Buddy Walk in a Box” kit. We will ask that families plan to tailgate at their home or desired location and live stream. We will then walk together at 3:21 PM. We will have a virtual awards ceremony with special visits from the NCDSA Board and Staff.
Either way...this year, we are bringing the walk to you in your community, wherever you are in North Carolina! When the walk registration opens you will see some special details like:
Registration is still FREE this Year!
T-shirts can be purchased and shipped or picked up at one of the local pre-event celebrations near you.
Team captains will receive a “Buddy Walk in a BOX celebration package with yard signs, NCDSA merchandise, and special gifts for you, your family, and your team!
On October 4th, we will have our biggest celebration EVER with a truly STATEWIDE event packed with live/live-streamed entertainment, special guests, self-advocate speakers, and more!
To get started, just select the "REGISTER" button to start a team, join a team or register to walk. Additional family/team members can be added by selecting the green "Add Another Registrant" button during Step 3. After you complete registration you can start your team or personal fundraising page by selecting the "Fundraising Page Set Up" button at the top of the online receipt.
Team Captains please note: Make sure to provide your user name and password when prompted during registration to have access to your team and donor information from last year. Click here for instructions.
If you cannot participate in this event but would like to make a donation to the North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance, please select the DONATE button. You can also donate to an individual or team by visiting their fundraising page under the TEAMS/PEOPLE tab.
Participant with Down syndrome - free, includes shirt
Participant - Free, does not include shirt
Participant with Shirt - $12.50 - $14.50 depending on shirt size.
Virtual Walker - Free, does not include shirt
Virtual Walker with Shirt - $12.50 - $14.50 depending on shirt size (shipped)
Virtual Participant with Down syndrome - free, includes shirt
Participant with $20 Donation - $20, free registration plus $20 donation (shirt available for additional fee of $12.50 - $14.50)
Participant with $45 Donation - $45, free registration plus $45 donation (shirt available for additional fee of $12.50 - $14.50)
Please note: You must register with a fee that includes a t-shirt by September 11, 2020 to receive a Buddy Walk shirt. We will not have extra available.