Pound the Pavements

Pound the Pavements in association with Indaver and LMFM runs from 3rd – 23rd June 2024 and the funds raised will go directly towards our vital education programmes provided to our members in the Louth Meath Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland, including our early intervention and adult education programmes.

Pound the Pavements: Run or Walk the Greenway

We are delighted to launch our fourth year of “Pound the Pavements”. This year we have also arranged for us to meet at the Boyne Valley Greenway to start our first steps together, you decide how much you want to do on the day. So please mark your calendars for the launch day of Monday 3rd of June!

Date: June 3rd – Bank Holiday Monday
Time: 2 pm
Location:  Wilkinstown Community Centre where we will walk the few steps to the Greenway and back again to the Centre for refreshments.

The chosen location offers safe access to a greenway and ample space for our activities. We understand that transportation is a concern as all members will need a car or lift to reach the event, we hope that by providing plenty of notice, we can accommodate as many of you as possible from Louth and Meath (we had a great turnout from both counties at our World Down Syndrome Day event).

What are we doing?

We are asking friends, family and members of the local communities across Louth and Meath to join us in our summer event – Pound the Pavements – to help raise much needed funds for DSI’s Louth Meath Branch.

On Monday June 3rd – Bank Holiday Monday join us at Wilkinstown Community Centre (Eircode : C15 V123), where you can start off your 2024 “Pound the Pavements” to Run or Walk the Greenway where we will walk or run to and on to the beautiful greenway from Wilkinstown to Navan just beside the centre for a distance of your choice and back again to the Centre for refreshments.

Wilkinstown Community Centre offers plenty of parking, buggy and wheelchair friendly trails and a playground for our smaller members. We are also arranging some refreshments. So come join us at 2pm on Monday 3rd June to start your “Pound the Pavements” 2024 event, receive a goody bag and meet up with other members.

When is Pound the Pavements happening?

Over 21 days from 3rd to 23rd (inclusive) June 2024.  With a meet up event on June 3rd in Wilkinstown Community Centre.

Who can take part?

We are inviting all family, friends – at home and overseas – as well as members of our local communities across Louth and Meath to take part in this virtual event.

Dress up in purple and green and help us create a sea of walkers and runners across every town, village and road in Louth and Meath to Pound the Pavements over 21 km for the local Louth Meath Branch.

How can you take part?

This is a virtual event. Walk or run – you decide. The activity and pace for this event is entirely up to you. The goal is simply to have fun and reach 21km over 21 days. How you do it is up to you!!

Why 21km over 3 weeks?

Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes. Babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21, hence the 21km.  Babies with Down Syndrome are born with 3 copies of chromosome 21 (rather than the usual two), hence the 3 weeks/ 21 days!

How to Fundraise 

You can donate to Pound the Pavements or “Start Fundraising” with us on our idonate page here idonate.ie/event/poundthepavement.

Sponsorhips Cards are also available. Contact Brendan on secretarydslm@gmail or by phone on 083 8972044.

Join us on our virtual challenge social media groups, connect with fellow participants, share your photos and stories on how you are progressing.

More about our branch:

Down Syndrome Ireland LouthMeath Branch provides support and information to over 350 families with a family member with Down syndrome in the counties of Louth & Meath. Down Syndrome Ireland LouthMeath Branch is run on a voluntary basis by parents of children with Down syndrome with the aid of a part time Administrator. DS Louth / Meath believes in supporting families to ensure the best quality of life possible for our members with Down syndrome. We work together, united in our aim to achieve respect, acceptance and equality within society for our members with Down syndrome.

The cost of running the Branch and managing the educational programmes, clubs and funding schemes per annum is in excess of €150,000, the vast majority of which is raised by parents of children with Down syndrome. 100% of funds raised directly benefit our members with Down syndrome. Without the generosity of the people of the Counties Louth and Meath these vital Programmes would have to be curtailed.