FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Main Contacts
  2. What is 5K Foam Fest?
  3. About Make-A-Wish® Canada
  4. Three-Step Process
  5. Where does the money go?
  6. How long do I have to raise the funds?
  7. Will I get a tax receipt?
  8. Can I raise money offline?
  9. How many people do we need to make a team?
  10. If I am part of a team, do we need to run together?

 

1. Main Contacts

For questions about 5K Foam Fest registration please email [email protected]

For questions about fundraising and setting up your personal page please email [email protected]

2. What is 5K Foam Fest?

The 5K Foam Fest is a one of a kind obstacle course based fun run.  With a variety of obstacles and a ton of foam, the run is an exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike.  The 5K Foam Fest is not a hardcore run it is a FUNCORE run.  Walk it, Charge it, Run it, Fun it! A festival atmosphere offering activities for all ages.

 

3. About Make-A-Wish® Canada

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children living with critical illnesses.  We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an intregral part of a child's treatment journey.  Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world's leading children's wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in Canada, and in 50 countries worldwide.  Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 1,100 volunteers across the country grant more than one wish per day on average.  Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted close to 7,500 wishes across the country; more than 600 last year alone.  For more information about Make-A-Wish Canada, visit makeawish.ca

Your support will help create life changing wishes for children like Annie, who lives with cystic fibrosis and wished to speak at We Day.  Or Muhib, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and wished to have the ultimate shopping spree.  To read more about our wishes, click here.

 

4. Three-Step Process

Step 1: To register for 5K Foam Fest, visit: the5kfoamfest.com/canada/

Step 2: To create your personal fundraising page, visit: makeawishca.donordrive.com/5KFoamFest

Please note: you are not registered for the event if you've only created a fundraising page.  You need to register for the event at the5kfoamfest.com/canada/

Step 3: Fundraise!

Here are some tips to help you get started on your fundraising journey.

Customize your fundraising ask - Send a personal message to your social media contacts.  Individuals are more likely to donate when the request is sent to them directly vs. a large group or via a general Facebook post. Often the assumption with a large group is that someone else will step up to make the donation. The 1:1 reach out ensures donors know their help is requested and appreciated!

Tag and Thank” approach.  This is a great way to publicly thank your friends and family for donating to you. Plus, by tagging them in your post, the message is shared with their contacts too!  The more you publicly thank your donors, the more visible your campaign becomes, and the more likely you are to have others support your cause. Below is an example of how to “Tag and Thank” your donors.

Generate awareness - Not only is social media a great way to solicit donations, it is also a great place to share information about Make-A-Wish ®. Be sure to “Like” our Make-A-Wish® Facebook page.  We regularly post local wish stories, and other information about Make-A-Wish which you can share.  “Like” our posts or repost them on your wall.  It’s that easy!  This helps donors to see your commitment to the cause and it helps to demonstrate the impact of their donations on some very special children.

Share your fundraising journey - Regularly update your donors and potential sponsors as to where you are in your fundraising journey. This will keep donors and potential sponsors connected and engaged in your participation in the 5K Foam Fest event. This is also a great way thank the people who have helped to support your fundraising journey. Below are some examples of tweets you might want to share.

Remember everyone is a potential donor - Get into the habit of asking for a donation! You can even ask for support in lieu of gifts for birthdays and holidays.  Start with the people you know and feel comfortable around - your warm contacts.  This will guarantee you some sponsors as well as boost your confidence.  Ask your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers

The most important fundraising tip of all - HAVE FUN!

 

5. Where does the money go?

The money you raise goes towards wish granting efforts for Make-A-Wish Canada.

 

6. How long do I have to raise the funds?

You have until the end of September 2020.

 

7. Will I get a tax receipt?

All donations will automatically get a tax receipt.  Donations of more than $20 received via mail will also be issued tax receipts as long as full contact information is provided.

 

8. Can I raise money offline?

Yes, simply mail or drop off any cash or cheques made payable to Make-A-Wish Canada, to your local area office for processing.  Remember to bring full names and addresses for tax receipting purposes.  Do not bring cash or cheques to the event. 

 

9. How many people do we need to make a team?

2 or more.  There is no limit to the amount of team members you have.

 

10. If I am part of a team, do we run together?

It depends on what time you selected as your start time when you registered for the 5K Foam Fest.

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