FAQ

FAQ for the 2011 Walk for Kids Help Phone

Is there a registration fee to participate? Do I have to raise pledges to participate?
No. There's no registration fee nor do you have to raise pledges to participate in the Walk for Kids Help Phone.

But as a charity, Kids Help Phone relies on fundraising events like the Walk for Kids Help Phone, as well as on its many corporate and individual donors, for the funds required to be there with the immediate support and hope troubled and abused kids need and deserve.

If you choose not to raise pledges, we'd greatly appreciate it if you'd make a donation to Kids Help Phone.

Can I register a friend on-site on May 1st?
Yes! We encourage you to bring your family and friends on May 1st in support of a great cause!

How do people receive tax receipts for cash, cheques and/or online pledges?
Those who pledge a walker online will receive an electronic tax receipt within 24 hours. For pledges made by cash or cheque, a tax receipt will be issued by Kids Help Phone after the event according to the information provided on the pledge form.

Do I get a tax receipt if I pledge myself?
No. If you pledge yourself, that money counts toward your incentive prize and you will not receive a tax receipt.

Tip: If you want a tax receipt, why not pledge someone else and have her/him pledge you?

How much of the pledge money will go to Kids Help Phone?
100% of the pledge money raised will go toward helping Kids Help Phone’s professional counsellors provide immediate, confidential support and hope to young people in your community and across Canada. All direct costs from the Walk for Kids Help Phone are covered by sponsors and by the support of volunteers in each community who organize and run the event.

To whom do I make out my cheque?
Please make all cheques payable to Kids Help Phone.

What do I do with the cash I collect?
You have three options:

1. Take the money to any BMO Bank of Montreal branch and they will process your contribution (any time between March 1 and May 27). Get your pledge form stamped by the teller or get a deposit slip and remember to take your pledge form with you!
2. Process your offline pledges online by paying with your credit card.
3. Take any pledges you have collected with you when you register on Walk day.

No matter what you decide, remember to bring your paper pledge form and/or you online summary with you on Walk day.

I don't want to bring cash on Walk day; can I process my pledges online?
If you don't want to bring cash on Walk day, you have two options:

1. Take the money to any BMO Bank of Montreal branch and they will process your contribution (any time between March 1 and May 27). Get your pledge form stamped by the teller or get a deposit slip. Remember to take your pledge form with you!
2. Process your offline pledges online by paying with your credit card.

How much money do you expect the Walk to raise?
The 2010 Walk for Kids Help Phone raised $2.5 million thanks to the support of participants in more than 50 communities.

In 2011, we hope raise even more to help ensure Kids Help Phone can continue to be there by phone and online with the support and hope kids in communities across Canada need and deserve.

Can I wear roller blades or ride my bike?
For safety reasons we recommend against the use of inline skates or bicycles on the Walk route

Can I bring my dog?
Yes, but please consider the fact that there will be large numbers of people and small children at the event. If you do bring your dog, ensure that it is on a leash at all times and that any necessary safety measures are taken (e.g. muzzling).

Can I bring a stroller or wagon?
The Walk for Kids Help Phone is a fun event for the whole family! Feel free to bring a stroller or wagon with you on Walk day; however, we encourage you to check Walk Locations (link to Register Now page) for information about terrain.

Does the route accommodate wheelchairs?
We encourage everyone to participate! Most of this year's Walks take place on paved roads or walkways in locations that are wheelchair accessible, but some do contain terrain that may make the use of a wheelchair a little challenging. Please check Walk Locations (link to Register Now page) for further information.

Will there be activities for children?
Yes! All sites will have entertainment for young people that may include clowns, face painters, music and more.

What food will be served?
Snacks and water will be served at all sites. Selection will vary in each site and if you have allergies or special dietary requirements you may want to pack some snacks just in case.

Will there be bathrooms and baby changing areas?
Yes, there will be bathrooms at every site and some sites will have a baby changing area.

Do I have to complete the entire Walk route?
No, but we encourage you to walk as far as you can. Remember: every step you take in the Walk for Kids Help Phone will help ensure Kids Help Phone’s professional counsellors can be there, by phone and online, with the immediate support and hope that kids need and deserve.

Will the Walk take place rain or shine?
The Walk will take place rain or shine or snow or sleet or … you get the idea! Please check your local forecast before heading out on Walk day and dress appropriately.

How do I get to the Walk in my community? Is there parking available? Can I use public transit?
Please check Local Walk Details for information on parking and public transit routes.

Are there any special prizes for students?
In addition to all of the individual and team incentive prizes, students are eligible for great student and student team prizes. Check the Students section (link to Student section) for more information.

If I’m a student, do I have to walk with a team? Do we all have to be students?
There are lots of ways to get involved in the Walk for Kids Help Phone. You can become a part of a Student Team, join your parent or guardian’s team, or walk as an individual.

Note: 100% of Student Team participants must be registered as students to qualify for student prizes.

Can students earn volunteer hours through the Walk?
Yes, students can earn volunteer hours through the Walk. However, hours are awarded at the discretion of individual schools, so students should check with their school to ensure the Walk qualifies. For more information on volunteer hours, check out the Students section.

Is there a team challenge?
Yes. When you register your team online or using a paper pledge form, you're automatically eligible to win the Kids Help Phone Inspiration Award.

What is the Kids Help Phone Inspiration Award?
Register your team online (or use a paper pledge form) for a chance to win the Kids Help Phone Inspiration Award. This special plaque recognizes the top fundraising team in each Walk site for their achievement and for "being there for kids" in their community and across Canada. All pledges must be submitted on or before May 1, 2011 to qualify

What is the Hope Award?
This special prize recognizes the top national fundraiser for his/her achievement and commitment to Kids Help Phone. The winner receives a pair of tickets to any regularily scheduled WestJet destination. Pledges must be submitted on or before May 1, 2011 to qualify. Draw terms and conditions are available, please send us an email for full descriptions.

What is the Kids Help Phone Courage Award?
This plaque will be presented to the top individual fundraiser in each Walk site as our way of saying thank you for your commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and youth in your community and across Canada. Pledges must be submitted on or before May 1, 2011 to qualify.

Many organizations have offices in different cities. Can a team walk in different locations under the same name?
Yes! Please feel free to recruit team members in different locations.

Remember: all team members must know the name of their team and/or team captain when they are registering. This is the only way we can ensure that all of your team's pledges are counted toward the team's total.

Can people pledge my team or do they have to pledge an individual walker?
If someone prefers to pledge your team instead of pledging an individual, that’s ok! Please note that pledges made to a team do not count toward individual incentive prizes.

Can people who work or live in a city where there is no official Walk set up their own event?
If you’re interested in organizing a Walk in your community, please contact Kids Help Phone to discuss your ideas at info@walkforkidshelpphone.ca

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