FAQs for Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge

How do I log my kilometers and when must they be completed by?

Do I have to live in BC & the Yukon to participate?

Are there any age restrictions to participating in the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge?

Can this be a team event?

Where does the money go?

Is there a fee to participate? 

How long do I have to raise the funds?

Will donations get a tax receipt?

How will I track the money I raise?

What do I do with cheque or cash donations that I receive?

I have a donor who is willing to call in a credit card donation. Can they call the office?

Are you offering raffle tickets again this year?

 

ANSWERS

How do I log my kilometers and when must they be completed by?

Trailblaze Challenge participants must reach a total of 100KM by the end of the event campaign on September 20th. You can hike, walk, or run the 100 kilometers over however many sessions you would like. It can be at your own preferred time and pace, while practicing current social distancing and safety guidelines that are in place.

On the hiking trail or in your local community there are many ways to reach 100KM over the total 9 weeks. For example: 2 KM each day or 11 KM each week. See LOG YOUR KM for more details.

Do I have to live in BC & the Yukon to participate?

Absolutely not! This fundraising campaign is open to anyone in Canada that would like to participate. Whether you’re participating as an individual or a team, every bit of support goes a long way to grant wishes to children from coast-to-coast.  

Are there any age restrictions to participating in the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge?

Participants as young as 14 can register for the Virtual Trailblaze Challenge. If participants are 14-17 years old they must have consent from a parent/guardian to participate. Hikers of all ages are required to raise the minimum $500. However, there is no penalty for not reaching this goal. Every dollar counts!

Can this be a team event?

If you want to register as a team of family members, friends, or coworkers, you are welcome to do that, too. And a bonus high-five for fun team names!. There is no limit to the amount of team members you have.

To Win Team Prizes: Only those who raise the minimum requested donation amount of $500 per person will be considered for prizing related to fundraising. For teams, amounts raised will be divided between the number of team members. ($ divided by hikers on team needs to be more than $500/team member to qualify for team prizes).

 

Where does the money go?

Funds raised through the Virtual Trailblaze Challenge will go towards supporting children with critical illnesses by bringing their wishes to life. Whether that’s learning new tricks from your favorite hockey player, swimming with dolphins or going to Maui, with your support we can truly make a difference. Trailblaze Challenge 2019 raised nearly $85,000, enabling Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon to grant more than 12 wishes. We currently have children waiting for their wishes due to corona travel bans, social distancing and the economic impact or re-booking pre-paid bookings. Your support will ensure we remain prepared during this unprecedented time to achieve our mission of granting life-changing wishes for every eligible child when it is safe to do so. 

Is there a fee to participate?

Each trailblazer will be asked to raise a minimum amount of $500. A $25 registration fee is collected at the time of registration and will be credited towards your overall fundraising. You are under no financial obligation to meet this goal other than the $25 registration fee. The final day that donations will be accepted is October 18, 2020. Top fundraiser prizes will be announced on September 25th and will be chosen based on your fundraising total by the end of the day on September 24th.

*Note: All monies raised are NON REFUNDABLE. If you withdraw from the event, any funds that have come in will be considered a general donation.

How long do I have to raise the funds?

Each trailblazer will be asked to raise a minimum amount of $500. A $25 fee is requested at the time of registration and will be credited towards your overall fundraising.  The final day that donations will be accepted is September 20th. Until the fundraising campaign ends on September 20th you are under no financial obligation other than the $25 registration fee. *Note: All monies raised are NON-REFUNDABLE. Any funds that have come in will be considered a general donation.

Will donations get a tax receipt?

All donations made online will automatically get a tax receipt. Donations of more than $20 received via mail (by cheque) will also be issued tax receipts as long as full contact information and an address are provided.  

How will I track the money I raise?

When registration begins in July you will be given a personalized fundraising page. You can use this link to send out to friends and family to be able to donate to you. Tax receipts will be e-mailed automatically.

What do I do with cheque or cash donations that I receive?

Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have the capacity to process cash donations sent to our office. Please refrain from mailing cash or making in-person visits to the office to drop off cash. The single BEST way to make a donation is online via a personal fundraising page (donors will instantly be issued an electronic tax receipt).

BUT…but… a supporter has given me CASH. 

We  hear you. You can always keep the cash and write us a cheque in place  of a cash delivery (see instructions for cheque mailing below). Please  refrain from keeping a donor’s cash and making a credit card donation on  their behalf. As per Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, The charity must  issue a receipt in the name of the true donor(s) of the gift. To submit  a credit card donation on someone’s behalf puts you in violation of  this rule, as a receipt would be issued to YOU, and NOT your donor. 

A supporter has given me a cheque! Can I send this to you? 

Yes, cheques can be mailed to the Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon office (#112-2025 W. Broadway | Vancouver, BC | V6J 1Z6). In  order for the donor to receive a tax receipt (applicable to donations  over $20), in the donor’s envelope with a cheque please include: 

  • the name and mailing address of the donor; 
  • one method of contact (email or phone), should we have to reach out to the donor with any issues in processing their donation; 
  • The full name of the trailblaze participant to whom the donation applies. 

I have a donor who is willing to call in a credit card donation. Can they call the office?

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation has significantly affected our office working  environment. We do not have the on-site staffing capacity to receive credit card donation calls to the office at this time. Direct them to your donor page.

Are you offering raffle tickets again this year?

No, unfortunately we will not be offering this fundraising option this year.