Have Fun. Raise Funds.

The Barnardos Big Active supported by Aldi is an exciting new challenge that gets classmates of all ages active, while supporting their mental health and general wellbeing. And it will raise vital funds to create positive change and help Ireland’s most vulnerable children. Get active, feel good and do good by taking part.

Register your class and friends today or talk to your teacher about getting involved.

How it works

Big Active takes a holistic approach to supporting the wellbeing of children and teens.

It contains three components that focus on their physical wellbeing, their mental health and the community around them.

It promotes three different kinds of activities: physical challenges that take care of your body, mindfulness exercises to look after your mental wellbeing and activities that promote the importance of charity.

We call those Body, Mind and Heart.

How You Can Get Involved

Start your own Big Active

Take part with your class or school. Register for your Big Active pack today.

Register Here

Set up your Big Active online fundraiser

Simply click here and register your school and a member of our team will set up a unique Fundraising Page for your school that you can share.

Make a Donation

Donate the funds your class has raised or support Big Active by donating directly to Barnardos securely here: Donate

A message from our Ambassador

“The best thing for me about this campaign is that is gives children the opportunity to take part in activities that will benefit them in a holistic way – Barnardos has always focused on every part of the child and as an ambassador of theirs for more than 10 years I can hand on heart say how beneficial the Big Active will be for children across Ireland. Being physically active is so good for them, and the added areas of mental health and mindfulness techniques and doing something good for vulnerable children completes the package”

Paul O’Connell, Barnardos Big Active Ambassador

More About Barnardos

At Barnardos, our mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable children, affected by adverse childhood experiences. We support children and families who have suffered abuse, neglect, separation, bereavement and addiction.

We provide children with warm, nutritious meals in our breakfast and after school clubs. We offer a safe environment to play and learn in, and we work closely with families, rebuilding relationships that have been broken.

Barnardos is one of Ireland’s leading children’s charities. Last year alone, we worked with over 18,000 children and families across Ireland. But there are many more that need our support, and with your help we can do even more.

Find out more about Barnardos