Step Up For Brain Injury

About the Challenge!

Approximately 150,000 people in Ireland are living with a brain injury today.

We are asking you to take on a challenge and walk 150,000 steps between January 1st and 31st.

You can begin the new year in a great way that will not only be good for your own physical and mental health but will benefit brain injury survivors as you raise funds for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.

Register today and get ready to start the steps and start your fundraising!

Register your Step Up For Brain Injury page on JustGiving here.

You can help rebuild lives after brain injury. Empowering people to live to their full potential. That’s what Acquired Brian Injury Ireland can do with your support.

We are asking you to take on a challenge and walk 150,000 steps between January 1st and 31st.

Keep to the Covid-19 safety guidelines and go walking in your local area by yourself, with family or household members or maybe walking the dog.

Get your steps whenever and wherever you can!

Every finisher who raises €150 or more will receive a Step for Brain commemorative medal in February.

Date 1-31 January 2023
Location National

For any questions please just e-mail us at

How it works?

  • We’d encourage each person taking part to set a fundraising target of at least €150 for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
  • Register and create your fundraising page on JustGiving.
  • Your target is to reach 150,000 steps and you’ll be responsible for keeping count of your own steps.
  • Record your steps on your smartphone by downloading a free step recording pedometer app or record your steps on your smartwatch or Fitbit.
  • If you don’t have a smartwatch and want to use your phone to record your steps you should install a pedometer app for Android or Apple.Examples of recommended apps are: On the Google Play store : Pedometer – Step Counter On the Apple App store : Pedometer & Step Counter
  • Make sure you follow the rules and regulations regarding Covid 19 and keep you and your community safe. This will mean only taking part in the challenge with your household and ensuring you socially distance with the public whilst completing your challenge.
  • Take to social media to share your steps and fundraising efforts sharing photos and video.

What does your fundraising mean?

Your fundraising means we can be there for brain injury survivors like Jack and Leanne.

You can read Jacks story here:  and Leanne’s story here:

Rebuild lives after brain injury. Empower people to live to their full potential. That’s what you can do through your support.

Register now on JustGiving.

Why you should start 2021 in a great way and join our challenge!

  • Mental health – walking can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and give you an energy boost.
  • Physical health – walking can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep active.
  • Stay motivated – this challenge is a great way to keep motivated to stay active, by helping you strive for a consistent daily exercise target.
  • Help Acquired Brain Injury Ireland – the money you raise from this challenge will help Acquired Brain Injury Ireland fund a range of important services to help people with a brain injury.

Register today by clicking here.

If you’ve any questions or would like any more information, please just email us at 

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What is step up for brain injury?

A challenge to walk 150,000 during the month of January and create a fundraising page to raise funds for Acquired Brian Injury Ireland. Do this your way by maybe walking every day or doing one big walk once a week. Just remember to use your smartphone or smartwatch to record each step. Record your steps at home, at work and outdoors.

Set up your fundraising page on here.

Are there any registration or participation fees?

No – Step for Brain is free to take part. We just ask that you fundraise with a JustGiving page by registering here.

Is there a fundraising target?

We’re asking all participants to set a minimum fundraising target of at least €150. This represents the estimated 150,000 brain injury survivors living in Ireland today. €150 could something as simple as getting 15 friends and family to each donate €10 to you. Collect donations by setting up a JustGiving page here.

How do I get my Step up for Brain Injury commemorative medal?

Everyone who raises €150 or more on their fundraising page will receive a special medal to say thank you.

You don’t need to do anything to claim your medal, we’ll pop it in the post after your challenge.

We aim to have these in the post to everyone in early February.

How do I fundraise?

Please set up a Just Giving page to fundraise by clicking here. All income is transferred directly to us. If you’d like to raise money in any other way or would like a sponsorship card to collect cash offline, then we can arrange this too. You can email

Where can I get a sponsorship form?

We can send you a sponsorship card in the post. You can email

How will Acquired Brain Injury Ireland use the funds I have raised?

The money you raise will make a big difference to the lives of the 150,000 people in Ireland with a acquired brain injury today. These funds are essential to our variety of services for people living with a brain injury as well as their families and their carers.

Please register today and start fundraising.

To find out more you can visit our website at

Can I take cash donations?

If you receive cash donations you can add these as offline donations into your fundraising page to keep count of your overall total. For Acquired Brian Injury Ireland to receive these donations you can call us to donate by phone on (01) 280 4164. You can also donate on our website here:

Also, you can post a cheque to us at our address: Acquired Brian Injury Ireland, 2nd Floor, Block A, Century House, 100 George’s Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 R2V.

Please just give us a call on (01) 280 4164 or email  if you need assistance with this or would like our account details to make a bank transfer.

Can I meet other people taking part?

After you register on JustGiving you can join the conversation online.

We are encouraging everyone to meet virtually.

Once you’ve registered please join our Facebook group here to chat and share updates on your steps count and your fundraising total.

How do I track my steps, and can I link my fitness app?

If you have a smartwatch you will be able to record your steps on this and use the connected app on your phone to keep count.

If you don’t have a smartwatch you can download one of the many apps on your Android or Apple smartphone to record your steps. Just find one that works for you and start recording your steps with your phone in your pocket.

If you don’t have a smartwatch and want to use your phone to record your steps you should install a pedometer app for Android or Apple.

Examples of recommended apps are:

On the Google Play store : Pedometer – Step Counter

On the Apple App store : Pedometer & Step Counter

Use social media to share your steps and keep people updated on your progress.

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