Step by Step

Each year, people from all over Ireland join our Step by Step walk, raising vital funds to help feed hungry children in some of the world’s poorest communities. With Covid-19 restrictions still ongoing, this year’s walks will proceed on a reduced scale.

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Traditionally, walkers set off from six starting points across the country and over nine days – between 7 and 15 August – cover more than 200km as they make their way toward the Marian shrine at Knock in County Mayo (Covid restrictions permitting).

Covid-19 restrictions continue to present logistical challenges for this event, but we are working hard to allow walkers to take part safely.

To help you adhere to current rules and be part of the event in a way that you feel comfortable, we’re introducing the option of taking on a local walk, which you can complete nearer to your home. It’s up to you whether you do these local walks in groups or pairs, and you can choose any distance that suits those taking part.

Last year, a group of supporters in Longford town met at 6pm every night between 7 and 15 August and walked a route around the bypass together. If you’d like to follow their lead with your own local walk, we can provide t-shirts and sponsor cards to help you along your way (just let us know in the comments section of the sign-up form).

In adherence with Covid-19 restrictions, it’s unlikely that we will be able to hold bucket collections along any of this year’s routes. So, we kindly ask for you to donate to Step by Step online here.

We hope that you can join us for this year’s walk. Every little helps, especially now while so many face great difficulty finding food and keeping their families safe.

If you’re unable to take part in a walk this year but would still like to help out, please let us know.

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Your contribution will go towards feeding vulnerable children in some of the world's poorest communities while they learn.

Please select your preferred route from the options below and sign up to let us know when you're joining us.

Malin and Derry to Knock

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Coalisland, Lurgan, Newry and Armagh to Knock

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Dublin to Knock

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Kilkenny to Knock

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Limerick to Knock

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Enniskillen to Knock

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Local walks

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Take part in Step by Step for Mary's Meals

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Organise a local walk near your home

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Help out in any way you can at our event

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