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?

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?

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.

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!  Two or more individuals that sign up under a team name and have raised at least $500 per person can be known as a “team”.  There is no limit to the amount of team members you have. If you are raising money as a team, you must still reach the minimum fundraising requirement set individually. For example: a team of 4 people must raise $2,000, a team of 5 people must raise $2,500, a team of 8 people must raise $4,000, and so on. 

Where does the money go?

Every dollar raised through the Virtual Trailblaze Challenge will go towards supporting sick kids and their families by bringing inspirational 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. 

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?

TBA

Are you offering raffle tickets again this year?

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