StepUP! For Down Syndrome this October

Down Syndrome Queensland (DSQ) is pleased to announce the annual StepUP! for Down Syndrome event will take place on Sunday 20th October, at Victoria Park, Brisbane, commencing at 10am. 

StepUP! for Down syndrome is a national community event held during Down syndrome awareness month which brings people with Down syndrome and their families and friends together to celebrate the significant contributions people with Down syndrome make to our communities.

StepUP! is an all ages, all abilities family fun day with great entertainment including; an animal display, jumping castle, face painting, food trucks and much more!  This year visitors will also have the opportunity to meet some of the Australia Ninja Warrior participants whilst completing their StepUP! challenge/s. 

During October, StepUP! events bring people together for various challenges, to socialise and to enjoy activities and entertainment, whilst raising public consciousness of diversity within the community. This year DSQ will take the opportunity to open the event to regional Queensland, to better reflect its membership base. 

On the day, people with Down syndrome will complete a sponsored walk, Zumba challenge or ninja obstacle course supported by their families and friends to raise funds.

The StepUP! Event is a fundraiser for the Down syndrome community, with teams competing to raise much needed funds to expand on the excellent work DSQ does in delivering services, support and advocacy to the community.

DSQ CEO Darryl Steff said,  “Funds raised allow Down Syndrome Queensland to continue working alongside people with Down syndrome to deliver services, programs and support, ensuring individuals reach their full potential and live the lives they choose.”

Everyone is welcome to participate. You can learn more by visiting the StepUP! website: and register there to take part in the festivities or make a donation to support your local Down syndrome community.

As Australia’s largest annual Down syndrome community event, StepUP! is dedicated to improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. StepUP! is a great opportunity to focus on raising awareness about people with Down syndrome in the community, by highlighting their strengths, abilities and contributions.

- ENDS -

Notes to Editor:

To arrange an interview with an individual local family, highlighting the work of the DSQ in your region and raise awareness of Down syndrome generally, please contact DSQ on (07) 3356 6655.  DSQ is a not-for-profit organisation serving all of Queensland, with regional representatives located across the state, providing practical and emotional support to people with Down syndrome and their families.