Press Release: North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance’s Annual Buddy Walk takes on a different form, different meaning in 2020
Christina P. Reaves, Executive Director
North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance’s Buddy Walk Shifts to Virtual Celebration and has Record Breaking Year Despite Covid-19 Pandemic.
RALEIGH, NC (October 28, 2020): Christina Reaves, Executive Director of the North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance (NCDSA), has announced that the NCDSA had a record-breaking Triangle Buddy Walk this year. In midst of a pandemic, the statewide non-profit raised $173,000 in 3 short months.
The annual Triangle Buddy Walk is a time for celebration and joining together as a united community to raise awareness for Down Syndrome. The Triangle Buddy Walk is typically hosted in venues around the Triangle and boasts an average attendance of almost 2,000 people. This year, due to Covid-19, the Triangle Buddy Walk looked completely different. The NCDSA created a virtual celebration held in homes, neighborhoods, and smaller venues all over the state. There were 1,125 virtual participants in 87 North Carolina counties and 47 states. The virtual celebration included a Buddy Walk in a Box kit, Virtual Dance Party, and 87 Buddy Walk Teams walking at 3:21pm on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Platinum Sponsors for the event were BB&T/Truist/Suntrust, Allbridge, The Alberque Family, and Cruisin’ for a Cure from Roanoke Rapids, NC. Gold Sponsors included Carolina Commercial Systems and Lindsey and Lindsey.
About the Triangle Buddy Walk
The Triangle Buddy Walk is NCDSA’s largest fundraising event of the year and is responsible for over 50% of the funds needed to operate each year. 100% of the money raised goes directly to support individuals with Down syndrome in North Carolina.
About North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance
The North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance is an effective, compassionate, and comprehensive resource on Down syndrome throughout North Carolina. Its mission is to empower, connect, and support the lifespan of individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community through outreach, advocacy, and education in North Carolina. For additional information, please visit www.ncdsalliance.org. Follow @NorthCarolinaDownSyndromeAlliance on Facebook, @NCDSAlliance on Twitter and Instagram.