Big Toddle For Barnardos Sponsored By Toddlebox Is Launched

Barnardos Ambassador Tom Vaughan Lawlor joined a group of toddlers in their natural habitat to launch The Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by Toddlebox. This May and June thousands of toddlers across Ireland will take up the challenge to toddle a half-mile sponsored walk and raise a roaring €250,000 to help children their own age. This year’s theme is ‘animals’ so mums, dads, grandparents can register their little lion, tiger and bear cubs for a fun sponsored walk now


The Big Toddle is a fun way for toddlers and their families to support the vital work that Barnardos does with more than 11,300 children and families in communities across Ireland -and this year there will be public Toddles across Ireland. A Big Toddle can be held anywhere, anytime during May and June. To hold your own Big Toddle or join a public Big Toddle


Speaking at the launch, Barnardos Ambassador Tom Vaughan Lawlor said: “I am delighted to support Barnardos as they launch this year’s Big Toddle. As a father to my own little toddler Freddie, I am often reminded by what a precious and special age it is and how important it is that their needs are met.  All the children taking part in the Big Toddle are making sure more and more children get the support they need and the best possible start in life.  I urge families to get involved by organising their own toddle or joining a public toddle at If you can’t toddle but would like to support Ireland’s Big Toddlers you can text TODDLE to 50300 to make a €4* donation to Barnardos.”


Mary Gamble, Barnardos Fundraising Manager, said, “This is one of Barnardos most important events of the year – but it’s also one of the most fun! It is wonderful to see Ireland’s littlest fundraisers making such a big difference for other children their own age.

Our work in the area of early intervention gives children the best possible start in life by providing them with a place to learn, play safely, have fun and reach their full potential. We are hugely grateful to our sponsor Toddlebox who cover the cost of the event so that every cent raised by the toddlers goes directly to support Barnardos work.”

Maria Murphy, Marketing Director with Toddlebox said “Toddlebox are delighted to be the sponsor for the Big Toddle for Barnardos. We’d encourage everyone with toddlers to sign up today! It’s a fun event that children love to take part in and it’s a great way for children to learn the importance of helping others so let’s make this year’s event the most successful yet.”

The Big Toddle for Barnardos is now in its 13th year. Why not join them?

Families can register their toddlers today for the Big Toddle by visiting or by phoning 1850 222 300. You will receive a free fun pack that includes everything you need to organise your Big Toddle! If you can’t toddle but would like to support Ireland’s Big Toddlers you can text TODDLE to 50300 to make a €4* donation to Barnardos.


*100% of your donation goes to Barnardos across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to Barnardos. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278

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