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Buddy Walk FAQs

Date: Our walk is Sunday, Oct 20th, 2019.
Where: Etiwan Park across from Bishop England High School, 363 Seven Farms Dr, Daniel Island, SC
Time: Tent set up begins at 10:00. The event itself is 12-4 pm with the walk around 3:00.
Cost: Registration is only $10 in advance and $15 on Buddy Walk day. Registration and includes a t-shirt, lunch, and participation in all of the walk festivities. Participants with Down Syndrome can register for free! Kids under 3 are free but must pay to register if they want a t-shirt.

Why are we raising money?
A portion of the funds will support the National Down Syndrome Society but the rest will serve as our budget for the year for all of the events and opportunities for our DSAL members.

Do I have to create a team?
Many families create a team celebrating their family member with DS. You do not have to create a team but it is a great way to get friends and family members involved in the day. Donations can always be made directly to DSAL on the main Buddy Walk page and need not be tied to an individual team. Multiple DSAL families are welcome to make a joint team together as well.

Do we have to make team t-shirts?
Whether your team makes its own shirts is up to you. When people register for the walk, that will include a buddy walk t-shirt. Some teams make team t-shirts, and what or if you charge your team members for them is up to you. The Hoove ( often gives our group a good price on shirts but it's up to you if you want to do a team shirt or not. Everyone who registers for the walk will get a buddy walk t-shirt on the day of the walk.

How do I create a team?
Go to our Buddy Walk home page. Click on “Join Now”. This will walk you through the process. Select participant. From there, you can add personalized information to your page (story, picture, etc.) and set a fundraising goal.
When your page is completed, you can share the link to your Team Page on facebook or email it to friends and family. With that link, folks can donate to DSAL under your team, join your team (this registers them for the walk), and even create a personal page for themselves to fundraise for your team. NOTE: If team members want to also donate to the team, they should do that as a separate transaction. If you donate while registering, the donation will go towards the event, NOT the team. This cannot be fixed without requesting a refund from Firstgiving. Though DSAL will still get that donation, it will not show up as part of the team’s total.
Below is a screenshot of an example of what your fundraising account will look like when you have created a team. Click on “Your Account” on the Firstgiving page.  From here you can edit your team or personal page, add offline donations (any donations given to you personally, not through firstgiving), etc.
If you run into trouble with creating your team, please let me know at Firstgiving tech support is also very helpful.

Where do we park? Can I drive onto the grass for set up and unloading?
There are 620 spots available in the paved Bishop England High School lot. Overflow parking will be in surrounding DI neighborhood and at the Benefit Focus/T Mobile lots on Fairchild Street off Daniel Island Drive.
We absolutely cannot drive or park on the grass at the walk/Etiwan Park, even to unload. Please plan accordingly.

What do we do the day of the walk?
Many families set up a tent around the park on the day of the walk (set up starts at 10am and volunteers will direct you as to where to set up). Many teams will send a person or two to set up their spot at 10am and then come back with the family/team closer to noon. This gives you a great place to set up a home base for stuff and an easy place for your team members to find you. On the day of the Buddy Walk, you will pick up wristbands and t-shirts for anyone who registered for the walk under your team. They can then get those items from you. People are welcomed to register for the walk on that day as well. There will be registration tents set up where people can do that. There will be music on stage, jump castles, etc. throughout the afternoon. Lunch will be provided (usually hot dogs and chips, free with registration). Around 3:00, everyone will line up for the walk through the neighborhood often cheered on by local high school marching bands and cheerleaders. Feel free to make signs and bring whatever flair you’d like in order to show off your team. Check out this great video from Buddy Walk 2016.