The Buddy Walk is a day of family friendly fun, celebration the abilities and accomplishments of Mainers with Down syndrome. It is also the largest fundraiser for the Maine Down Syndrome Network. With the funds raised, we are able to provide information packets to families receiving a new diagnosis, social activities, conferences, workshops and future Buddy Walks! Everything we do is funded by this amazing event, which also happens to be an incredible amount of fun!
Join us Sunday, September 22 at Payson Park in Portland or Sunday, September 29 at Capitol Park in Augusta for a day of family fun and festivities celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of Mainers with Down syndrome! Maine Down Syndrome Network is proud to sponsor our 19th year of Buddy Walks!
Please form or join a team! Come up with a great name, encouage your family and friends to join with you, and fundraise!
We’re excited to offer our teams incentives this year!
***NEW “QUICKSTART” TEAM INCENTIVE!!! Register your team and raise $150 by July 15, 2019, and your team will receive a lawn sign (approx 12″x18″) at THIS YEAR’S WALK with a photo of your buddy! These signs are only available to teams who raise $150 by July 15!
Please note the remaining incentives will be awarded based on your team totals on September 8, 2019.
$300 – Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders) for all members registered by 9/7. Please note that any team members registered after that date MAY recieve a white Buddy Walk t-shirt, but only while supplies last. To be guaranteed a shirt, they must register online by 9/8.
$1000 – Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders)for all members registered by 9/8 and Awareness banner at the 2020 Walk with your buddy’s picture. Please note that any team members registered after that date MAY recieve a white Buddy Walk t-shirt, but only while supplies last. To be guaranteed a shirt, they must register online by 9/8.
***PLEASE NOTE! We will NOT ship shirts. You must be present at the walk to receive your shirt.
And, as in the past, we will also award team prizes at each site on the day of the walk. Our most coveted top prize will be awarded to the top fundraising team overall, but we’ll also award prizes for the top fundraising team at each site, the team with the most spirit, the biggest team, and the team from furthest away!
*The top team prize will be determined at 12am September 20, 2018, and will be based on team donation totals on Firstgiving. If offline donation amounts are included in these totals, they must be received and verifyed at check-in on walk day. MDSN reserves the right to pick an alternate winner if it becomes necessary.
Would you like to sponsor our walks, or help us find sponsors? Click below for more information!