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Walkathon2022-09-21T16:06:30-04:00

The Walk for the Centre is Back!

Together in spirit – and still walking!

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Our traditional in-person walk is returning in 2022. A virtual option will be available for those who wish to walk on their own, but we hope to welcome teams at City Hall for a traditional walk, rain or shine! Our route this year will be along Queen Elizabeth Drive pathway and the beautiful Rideau Canal. Plan to join us on October 2nd (1:30 to 4:00 pm). We will be walking together for food security in central Ottawa. As always, all donations will go to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre.

Thanks to all our donors, walkers and business sponsors for helping us raise over $37,000 in 2021 for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre as well as helping us highlight the food insecurity facing many people in central Ottawa.

We encourage you to register and fundraise online again this year. Our website (www.centretownchurches.org/walkathon) allows you to sponsor an individual or a team, or sign up to walk.  More details below!

VIEW OUR DETAILED 2022 SPONSORS PAGE

Sign Up to Walk or to Sponsor a Walker with an Online Donation

The Centretown Churches Social Action Committee (CCSAC) and the Centretown Emergency Food Centre partner with CanadaHelps to process online donations securely. Visit our CanadaHelps page to make an online donation, or to sponsor a walker, or sign up to walk yourself.

Don’t forget to tell us which walker or team you are supporting! CanadaHelps accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Paypal. Tax receipts are provided.

SIGN UP FOR THE WALKATHON

Download a Pledge Form

We’re encouraging as many people as possible to continue to fund raise for Walk for the Centre online again this year. However, if you prefer cheques or cash, that’s OK!

Print off the pledge form here and start fundraising for your virtual walkathon on October 2nd. Print off extra Pledge Forms here for your church team or for friends and family. Or download and print this form if you are planning to write a cheque or provide cash for the funds you raise.

CCSAC will also have a physically distanced drop off for pledge forms and donations from 1pm to 4 pm on October 2nd at City Hall.

Download PDF Pledge Form

Promote the Walk for the Centre to Friends and Family

Download one of our Walk for the Centre banners, and carry it on the walk.  Personalize your banner by decorating it.  Give one to your friends and family!  Send us a photograph of you with the banner – we’d love to see it!

DOWNLOAD Walkathon PDF Poster

Promote the Walk for the Centre to Friends and Family

We are building an online photo album for Walk For the Centre 2022. Please send pictures and videos of your walk by emailing centretownchurches@gmail.com. If you use social media, please share your photos using the hashtag #walkforthecentre to www.Facebook.com/CentreTownChurches.

Thanks to support from the local business community, there will be prizes for the following photo categories:

  • Kerry Kaiser award for the photo that best captures the spirit of the Walkathon
  • Most attractively decorated Walkathon poster photo
  • Loveliest scenic photo from the Walkathon
  • Best Walkathon family photo
  • Cutest photo of pet on Walkathon
  • Most artistic Walkathon photo
  • Nicest photo of a first time team entry in the Walkathon
  • Funniest photo taken on Walkathon
  • Team photo with greatest number of Walkathon supporters

Check out the prizes from our generous business sponsors here:

VIEW Prize List

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to walk for the Centre! What do I need to do?2022-08-25T13:31:54-04:00
  1. Register online
  2. Spread the word to your online network via email or social networks like Facebook.
  3. Get sponsors and collect donations.
  4. Walk on October 2nd!!
How can I win a prize this year?2022-08-24T22:42:26-04:00

Prizes will be awarded for photos taken during this year’s walk.  There are a number of categories – check out the website – and use your imagination on October 2nd!

Photos should be submitted, along with contact information, to centretownchurches@gmail.com

I want to walk but would be more comfortable walking on my own2022-08-24T22:41:23-04:00

If you are not comfortable with an in-person event this year, plan to join Walk for the Centre virtually!  It is still possible to create a virtual team with friends or family – or walk on your own – on October 2nd.  You are free to walk 2km or 4km anytime between 1:30-4pm on October 2nd, in your neighbourhood, favourite trail, or anywhere you’d like to!

I have another question. Who can I ask?2022-08-24T22:43:13-04:00

Ask us! Use the Contact page on our website or send us an email at contact@centretownchurches.org. We’ll get back to you at the earliest possible opportunity!

Can I collect donations of food or toiletries?2022-08-24T22:22:46-04:00

Thank you for considering this but the Food Centre is not collecting food or toiletry donations at the moment.

Where do I walk on Sunday, October 2nd?2022-08-24T22:40:37-04:00

Join us in the Jean Pigott Place at City Hall on Sunday, October 2nd at 1:30 pm.  There will be music and a few speeches, and then the walk will start at 2:00 pm.  We will be walking along the scenic Queen Elizabeth Walkway and the Rideau Canal.

Plan to walk anytime from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, but join us for the launch at 1:30 pm if you are able.

We encourage you to take photos during your walk and send them in to us at centretownchurches@gmail.com.

You can download Pledge Sheets on the CCSAC website www.centretownchurches.org/walkathon, and

donate online at:   https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/centretown-churches-social-action-committee/p2p/WALK/

How do I or my sponsors get a tax receipt?2022-08-24T22:39:33-04:00

For online donations – CanadaHelps automatically issues a tax receipt.

For donations by cash or cheque – CCSAC, a registered charity, will issue charitable receipts for any donation of $20 or more.  Upon request, we will issue a charitable receipt for lesser amounts.  We will need your sponsor’s email or mailing address in order to send them a tax receipt, so make sure they fill in the Pledge Form.

A reminder that it is easiest to collect donations immediately from your sponsors when you sign them up, rather than trying to chase them down again after the walk.

I just want to make a donation. How can I support this year’s walkathon?2022-08-24T22:38:59-04:00

Our Walk for the Centre fundraising page allows you to sponsor an individual or a team, or just make a general donation.

Go to:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/centretown-churches-social-action-committee/p2p/WALK/

Alternatively, you can send cheques to CCSAC, 507 Bank Street, Ottawa K2P 1Z5.

Where can I download a Pledge Form if I am not signing up online?2022-08-24T22:37:56-04:00

You can download and print a Pledge Form by clicking here.

How do I sponsor a walker or a team online?2022-08-24T22:35:12-04:00

Go to the following page to make a payment using your credit card: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/centretown-churches-social-action-committee/p2p/WALK/

Be sure to tell us which walker or team you want to sponsor.   When you click ‘Continue with My Donation,’ you’ll be transferred to a secure page to enter your payment information.

Do you accept cash and cheques?2022-08-24T22:34:37-04:00

We’ll take your cash and cheques too!

The Pledge Form can be used to collect funds for the walkathon by cash or cheques.  Cheques are preferred over cash again this year.  Bring your forms to City Hall on October 2nd.   Be sure to get your donors’ and sponsors’ mail and/or email information so we can send a tax receipt.

Alternatively, you can send cheques to CCSAC, 507 Bank Street, Ottawa K2P 1Z5.

How do I raise funds for the Walk for the Centre?2022-08-24T22:33:52-04:00

Online donations are the most efficient way to fundraise again this year.  Walkers and sponsors are encouraged to register and donate online at this link:    https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/centretown-churches-social-action-committee/p2p/WALK/

Or, if you prefer raising funds directly from your donors, download our Pledge Form at www.centretownchurches.org/walkathon.

How do I register?2022-08-24T22:32:49-04:00

A Big Thanks To Our Generous Business Sponsors

  • Platinum Sponsor:
    Flora Hall Brewing
  • Silver Sponsor:
    Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen
  • Bronze Sponsors:
    Money Advisors, Capital Home Hardware, The Papery
  • Supporting Sponsor:
    Centretown Pharmacy
  • Prize Sponsors:
    Davidson’s Jewellers, Knifewear, Il Negozio Nicastro in the Glebe, Wild Oat, Massine’s Your Independent Grocer, McKeen Glebe Metro, Loblaws Isabella
  • Grocery Partners throughout the year:
    Massine’s Your Independent Grocer, McKeen Glebe Metro, Loblaws Isabella
VIEW OUR DETAILED 2022 SPONSORS PAGE

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