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Get Ready to Toddle with Ireland’s Little Heroes at the 21st Barnardos Big Toddle! 

  • Barnardos is celebrating the 21st year of the Barnardos Big Toddle, a fun half-mile sponsored walk for crèche and pre-school aged children  
  • The theme is Big Toddle Little Heroes celebrating Ireland’s youngest fundraisers who help vulnerable children their own age   
  • Register for the Big Toddle here 


Announcing the launch of the 21st Barnardos Big Toddle were RTE radio presenter and new Big Toddle Ambassador, Louise Duffy, with (L-R) Freddie O’Leary, Emilia Dawson, Ameerah Agbede and Harry Kelly.
© Patrick Bolger

The Big Toddle is a fun half-mile sponsored walk for crèche and pre-school aged children on a day that suits in May or June. Funds raised by the littlest fundraisers go directly to Barnardos Early Years Services where Barnardos works with some of the youngest and most vulnerable children to help ensure they get the best start in life. Find out more at

Barnardos children’s charity kicked off their annual Barnardos Big Toddle today, 24th April 2024. Celebrating it’s 21st birthday, the Barnardos Big Toddle is a fun half-mile sponsored walk for crèche and pre-school aged children.  

Over the last 21 years, toddlers in crèches, childcare groups, pre-schools and families from across the country have raised an incredible €4.7 million in support of Barnardos Early Years services. The campaign’s theme, Big Toddle Little Heroes, celebrates these remarkable young fundraisers who make a big impact in the lives of their peers.  

Barnardos Big Toddle Ambassador Louise Duffy said; “I have marvelled at the work of Barnardos for many years now, helping thousands of children in communities across Ireland have the childhood they deserve. So I am delighted to join them as ambassador for the 21st Big Toddle. As a Mum of two small girls, including one toddler, I think it’s such a wonderful way to get children helping children and creating fun childhood memories for all.”

Barnardos Director of Fundraising, Mary Gamble said: “Barnardos worked with over 26,000 vulnerable children and families across Ireland last year. Our Big Toddle Little Heroes raise much needed funds for our work and we are grateful for all the families across the country who get involved in the event. For the last 21 years, we have seen first hand the positive impact the support from the Barnardos Big Toddle has made. With the continued help of Ireland’s littlest fundraisers we can reach even more vulnerable children who need us. Because childhood lasts a lifetime.”

Get involved by registering your family or creche online at Whether you’re a crèche, a parent or a childminder you can organise your own Barnardos Big Toddle anytime in May or June by registering at – your support ensures that some of the youngest and most vulnerable children in Ireland are given the best possible start in life. 


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