Go21 is a celebration of Down syndrome. Like how spectators in a sport yell “Go! Team! Go!”, we are celebrating our community with this name: “Go 21!”

Go21 Is Our Movement

Go21 is all about positive momentum for people with Down syndrome and their families in Canada. 21 refers to the extra chromosomal material from the 21st chromosome that determines if a person has Down syndrome. The Down syndrome community identifies with 21 as a unique number that stands out.

Go21 can also be a Golf Tournament For Down Syndrome Awareness or a Bowl-a-thon For Down Syndrome Awareness. But wherever you go in your community or across the country, when you see the Go21 banner flying, then you will know that you are supporting a person with Down syndrome in your community.

There is strength in “Go”. There is advancement in “Go”. There is strength and advancement in the Down syndrome community. Go21 is our community.

Go21’s Three Outcomes

Builds Community

The event is a fair or festival-style event that has activities for people of all ages. It is a safe place for people with Down syndrome and their families to make friends, build networks, and strengthen their community.

Raises Awareness

The event is a great opportunity to learn more about people with Down syndrome, their challenges, and their accomplishments. The event encourages dialogue about all aspects of Down syndrome.


Supporting the walk ensures CDSS is able to fund the resources necessary for teaching and educating expecting parents of children with Down syndrome, helping self advocates find education and employment opportunities, and distribution of materials to schools.

Upcoming Go21 Events

Down Syndrome Guelph’s Go21 Walk

Down Syndrome Guelph is a voluntary, parent- led, social networking group to connect and support those with Down syndrome and their families.

Come join the Down Syndrome Group of Guelph in beautiful Riverside Park to promote Down Syndrome awareness and celebrate the richness brought to the world by those with developmental exceptionalities!


Saturday, September 21st, 2019
3:00pm – registration begins
3:30pm – walk begins


Riverside Park
709 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario

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Down Syndrome Association National Capitol Region’s Go21 Walk

The Go21 event is the DSA-NCR’s single biggest fundraiser of the year. This funding is crucial for our association to continue to organize events and support our membership with resources and services.

There will be music and fun for the kids including Big Sky Ranch and our wonderful farm friends!


Saturday, September 28th, 2019
10:00am – activities, treats, and an official warm up
11:00am – walk begins


Andrew Haydon Park
3169 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario

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Down Syndrome Niagara’s Go21 Walk

Down Syndrome Niagara is a parent volunteer driven organization. Families, friends and community partners will walk together through the trails of Heartland Forest to raise money and awareness for Down syndrome.

Join us for food, entertainment, bouncy castles, train rides, face painting, photo booth and so much more!


Sunday, September 29th, 2019
9:00am – 2:00pm


Heartland Forest
8215 Heartland Forest Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2H 0L5

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THE WALK: Presented by the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton

The Hamilton Walk for Down Syndrome—nicknamed THE WALK, is our main community fundraising event.  Your generous contribution will help families and their children in our community with essential programs and supports that will help to enhance their lives.


Sunday September 29th, 2019
8:30am –  Registration
10:00am – Walk Starts
12:00pm – Walk Ends


Bayfront Park
200 Harbour Front Drive
Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 1C8

Event Link: View Event Page

Go21 In Your Community

Why should your community have a Go21 event?

  • Go21 is a flexible event model. You are not restricted to hold Go21: Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness. If you think your community will be better served through a hockey tournament, yoga workshop, or anything else that promotes action and activity, Go21 can be modelled to suit your event’s needs.
  • Go21 offers more support. Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) will be able to offer more for the event before, during, and after in the way of merchandise, communications, and advertising.
  • Go21 maintains brand consistency. Everything will be branded with the CDSS red and black colours and asterisk that represent Down syndrome in Canada. Go21 is also consistent with existing CDSS initiatives.
  • Go21 is cost effective. You will be able to keep a greater share of the funds raised in your own community, as well be able to spend less on the event. More resources and support will be given to supporting people with Down syndrome in Canada!