The Cope Foundation has announced a 300,000 step challenge for February in order to raise funds and offset the extra cost of a leap year day in 2020.
Families, communities and businesses are encouraged to help the foundation complete the fundraising challenge.
Participants will make a combined attempt to walk the milestone in the 29 days of February, while monitoring their progress on social media.
The extra day in February this leap year costs the Cope Foundation an additional €150,000 to provide essential services for the people it supports with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.
The Cope Foundation is encouraging people to raise funds by setting up Facebook fundraisers through their own personal profiles.
Sponsorship cards are also available by contacting Cope Foundation’s Communications and Fundraising office on 021 4643323.
Would-be participants are also encouraged to join the 300,000 Steps for Cope Foundation Facebook Group, where there will be plenty of information, support and tips.
Cope Foundation is one of the largest providers of services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism in Ireland.
The foundation requires an increase of €38 million in annual funding to meet the rapidly growing demands of its service.
There are currently 400 children waiting for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder, while 1,350 others are awaiting specialist intervention.
Of the adults requiring support, there are currently 174 on a residential waiting list.