Frequently Asked Questions
How can I participate in the Winners Walk of Hope?
You can participate as an individual walker or as a member of a team. Participants can register by:
Participants can pay a $25 registration fee or they may opt to raise $100 in order to waive the registration fee. Once registered, participants can ask friends, family and colleagues to pledge them in the Winners Walk of Hope. Pledge forms may be downloaded (click here to download a pledge form) or are available at various locations in a hosting community.
Prizes will be awarded at each local Winners Walk of Hope event. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
NEW in 2007! Top fundraisers and the top team at each Winners Walk of Hope will be determine prior to the event and announced at the local walks. Funds raised online via credit card or received into the national OCC office by Friday, September 7, 2007 by 12 midnight will be counted for the top fundraising prizes. Funds received at the Winners Walk of Hope on Sunday, September 9, 2007 or after this date will be NOT be included in the calculations for top fundraising prizes.
Early Bird Grand Prize Draw!
Is the $25 registration refunded if I raise $100?
No, unfortunately OCC is not able to refund the $25 once it has been paid. If you believe that you will be able to raise $100 or more in pledges, please keep your registration fee pending. If you pay the $25 registration fee please be aware that you are not eligible for a charitable tax receipt.:: back to top
Is there a registration fee to participate in the Winners Walk of Hope?
The registration fee for the Winners Walk of Hope is $25 per participant. Children 15 and under walk for FREE!! The $25 registration fee will be waived if the participant raises $100 in pledges or more. The registration fee is not tax receiptable and the $25 will NOT be reimbursed if the participant chooses later to raise more than $100 in pledges. Please note: All pledges must be turned into the OCC office prior to the Walk or brought to the Winners Walk of Hope in order to have the $25 registration fee waived.:: back to top
Need ideas to help you raise pledges?
There are many different ways that you can raise pledges:
How do I receive a tax receipt?
It's Fast and Easy Online!! -- Donors who make pledges online to a Winners Walk of Hope participant will have an official charitable tax receipt emailed to them within 5 minutes of making their donation.
Donors who pledge $20 or more to a Winners Walk of Hope participant in person or by sending it directly to Ovarian Cancer Canada will receive an official charitable tax receipt in the mail by December 31, 2007. Please be sure to print clearly COMPLETE donor name and address on the pledge form or a tax receipt cannot be issued.
Please note: The $25 participant registration fee is not tax receiptable.:: back to top
Am I responsible for collecting donations from friends and family that have sponsored me?
Yes! You are responsible for collecting donations you have been pledged. If you are registered online, it is simple and easy for people to sponsor you online and saves you from having to go door to door to collect pledges. Click here to make an online donation or click here to download a Winners Walk of Hope pledge form.:: back to top
What is the distance of the average route?
The average distance is 5km with a shorter option available. The routes are well marked and easy for people of all ages to enjoy the Winners Walk of Hope. Please click here to check the local event details to ensure the walking route for your local event is stroller or wheelchair friendly.:: back to top
How are the funds raised through the Winners Walk of Hope used by Ovarian Cancer Canada?
The Winners Walk of Hope was first launched as an opportunity for women living with ovarian cancer and their families to come together to offer support to each other. Although it has become a successful fundraising event, this spirit of support and building community strength are the underlying values of the event. The funds raised through the Winners Walk of Hope help support OCC's mission to:
All programs and activities implemented and supported by Ovarian Cancer Canada are evaluated and identified as priorities by the OCC staff, Board of Directors and support the OCC mission. OCC feels that it is important to support as many individuals at one time as possible and that our programs continue to be inclusive. The numerous research projects, support programs and awareness activities support a broad range of individuals and funds raised through the Winners Walk of Hope ensures that OCC will continue to be able to provide consistent and quality programs across Canada.
What are these programs?
OCC is proud of our many research initiatives that will hopefully one day help find not only an early detection test but one day a cure for ovarian cancer. The funds raised through the Winners Walk of Hope help OCC to support such research programs as the National Ovarian Cancer Tissue Banks, a valued resource for ovarian cancer researchers and has proven useful for a large number of research projects. OCC is a major sponsor of the Canadian Conference on ovarian cancer research, a valuable opportunity for scientific exchange among ovarian cancer researchers in Canada and is a biennial event. OCC helps to fund various research projects that have been ranked very highly, meaning that they have scientific merit, are novel and promising. Since early detection is one of the highest priorities as it has the most significant impact on the outcomes for ovarian cancer patients, OCC is funding pilot project research on early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer.
Through the Listen to the Whispers program, Survivors Teaching Students, Symposium and various other awareness programs and activities OCC continues to turn up the volume on ovarian cancer across the country. The Winners Walk of Hope funds training programs for dedicated volunteers, the growing support staff of the organization and allows OCC to conduct evaluations to ensure that the various initiatives remain effective. The You Are Not Alone kit continues to be distributed through the national and regional offices to women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the Some Buddy program allows survivors to connect through peer support - all of these programs are support by funds raised nationally by the Winners Walk of Hope.:: back to top
How can your donations help?
How do the funds raised help your local community or province?
OCC provides support by networking women with similar concerns across the country through the Some Buddy peer support program. The OCC offices provide help and support toll free Canada wide; answering questions, and guiding women to local support resources.
Stakeholders are kept informed about the latest information in programs and research through the quarterly newsletter, Seeds of Hope, and bi-weekly OCC E-News, both available in French and English.
The award winning websites, www.ovariancanada.org and www.ovairecanada.org provides the latest treatment information, event and program listing, support through stories of women living with ovarian cancer and chat opportunities.
Our national symposia series has offered information on emerging trends in research and clinical trials as well as supportive care to women. These meetings have also provided educational opportunities for health care professionals, and during the day valuable networking takes place between caregivers and those being cared for.
You Are Not Alone, a support resource for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The video and reference book are available to all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer free of charge.
Listen to the Whispers an educational program designed to teach well women the signs, symptoms, prevention and risk factors of ovarian cancer. OCC volunteers and staff across Canada are trained to host this 50 minute program free of charge in their community.
Our Continuing Medical Education Program for family doctors is aimed at building greater awareness about ovarian cancer within this professional group, the doctors who are often the first to see a woman with suspicious symptoms which might be ovarian cancer.
Survivors Teaching Students, a program that empowers women to speak with medical and nursing students-future health care professionals-about ovarian cancer and their personal journeys with the disease.
Picking Up the Pieces: OCC-sponsored day-long workshops designed to help women living with ovarian cancer adjust to the 'new normal' and move forward after their diagnosis - in the physical, emotional, spiritual and social/relationship aspects of their lives. The OCC sponsored program is facilitated by Dr. Sherri Magee, co-author of Picking Up the Pieces, Moving Forward After Surviving Cancer.
The many research initiatives such as the National Ovarian Cancer Tissue Banks, the Canadian Conference on ovarian cancer research, and the various research projects that OCC funds benefit all local communities due to the fact that early detection is one of the highest priorities as it has the most significant impact on the outcomes for ovarian cancer patients. OCC is also funding pilot project research on early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer.:: back to top
Is my personal information secure in the online registration and pledging?
OCC has made every effort to protect your information. Sophisticated technology ensures that your credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the internet. When registering, online participants are able request that their name is not listed on the "participant search". Therefore only employees of Ovarian Cancer Canada are able to see participant information.:: back to top
How is my credit card information handled?
Credit card information is not stored in our database. During the donation process, we send your credit card information to an online processing terminal using a secure connection.:: back to top
I have forgotten my user name and password
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive an e-mail reminding you of your password. If you still have problems, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-413-7970 ext 232.:: back to top
What is a Personal Page?
As an online participant, you can create your own personalized donation page. A Personal Page is a page you customize and ask your friends and family to visit when soliciting donations.
As an online participant you can monitor your progress: set personal pledge goals and keep track of who has made an online donation on your behalf. Your supporters will also receive their tax receipt via email immediately after they pledge online. It is simple, fast and allows you to recruit support from near and far!:: back to top
Can I see who has sponsored me?
In order to see who has pledged you in the Winners Walk of Hope, log into your personal account, go to 'My Fundraising' and click on 'View Sponsors'. Here, you will find a complete list of anyone who has made an online pledge on your behalf. It also helps you to keep track of your personal goals! Please note: Pledges received through the OCC office will not be listed on your fundraising page, however if you know a donation was made you are welcome to enter it as an 'offline pledge'.:: back to top
How do I form a team?
Invite others to join you in the Winners Walk of Hope in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada! A team is the perfect way to get your friends and family or your company involved in the Winners Walk of Hope. You can create a team of your own or join an existing team. Both online and offline participants are welcome to create teams. All participants should ensure that registration and pledge forms have your team name clearly marked.
To create a team online:
To join an existing team online:
To create or join a team offline:
Please note: As Team Captain, if you have not created an online team, please inform your team members that they must join your team by contacting you, the Team Captain, or the OCC office directly. Offline teams do not exist through the Winners Walk of Hope online registration unless the Team Captain has registered online.:: back to top
How can I see who is on my team?
To view who has joined your team online; log in, and enter 'My Team' where you will be able to view all your team information. All team members are able to see who is on their team.:: back to top
I have collected donations in person. Can I add them to 'My Fundraising' summary on line?
YES you can!
Donations collected in person may be added to your fundraising goal by entering the amounts on the 'My Fundraising' summary page. Click on 'offline donations' and enter in those donations you have collected in person. This will help you track your online and offline fundraising efforts. Please note: this tracking system is for your personal use only. All pledges made offline must be brought to the Winners Walk of Hope and be accompanied by a pledge form including the donor's full name and complete address.
If you are collecting funds offline you can send the funds into the national OCC office prior to the walk. Cheques can be made payable to Ovarian Cancer Canada. For cash donations simply send a personal cheque equal to the amount of your offline pledges and ensure that it is accompanied by a completed pledge form to Ovarian Cancer Canada. Please send it to the following address:
What is the difference between making my personal page private or public?
By default, a personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list. Anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list. Only people you personally invite (know your personal page URL) will be able to support you.:: back to top
I still have questions. Who can I contact?
If you have any questions please contact OCC at email@example.com or by phone at 1-877-413-7970 ext 232:: back to top
Can friends and family make a donation to a participant by clicking through the main website?
Yes. On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate a Walker by clicking on the "Sponsor a Participant" button. By typing in the name of the participant, they will be directed to the participant's Personal Page. Please note: Only participants who have registered through the online system and asked to have their name available for public searches will appear.:: back to top
Can I donate using traditional mail?
Yes, please mail your cheque or money order to the following address:
Ovarian Cancer Canada
Please include a return address to which OCC may forward your charitable tax receipt and if the donation is to support a specific walker, please ensure that the name of the Winners Walk of Hope Participant is clearly visible to ensure that the donation is allocated to the appropriate walker. Cheques can be made payable to the 'Ovarian Cancer Canada'.:: back to top
How do I change my Username and/or Password?
First, login to your Personal Page in the Participant Centre using your Username and Password. Once you are logged in you will see an additional link on the top of the page called "Update My Profile." Once in your profile, you will be able to change your contact information, email address, Username and Password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to sign back in. If you are having difficulties call the OCC office at 1-877-413-7970 ext 232. We'll be happy to walk you through the process, or make the changes for you.:: back to top
How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
You will need to login to your 'personal page'. On the left hand side of your Personal Page, you can click on 'my goal' to modify your personal fundraising goal. Enter your new goal and submit the changes.:: back to top
How do I change my team name, team goal, and team page content?
Only the team captain has the ability to change these team settings. The team captain will need to login to his or her 'personal page' in order to make the necessary changes.:: back to top
How do I upload a photo to add to my Personal Page?
On your Personal Page, click the "Browse" button in the photo section, and then in the File Upload window that displays, select the photo you wish to place in that piece of the layout. Click Open.
The path to the file on your computer will display in the Browse text box. Also, the selected photo will show up in the cell. Please note: your image should be no larger than 350k in file size. Accepted file types are jpg and gif.
Click Upload and the new photo should show up. Please feel free to call us if you need any help with this!:: back to top
How do donors obtain their tax receipts?
Donors who make a transaction online will receive a tax receipt within 5 minutes via email! Those who mail in a donation, give a donation to a participant in person or call in a donation over the phone will receive a receipt in the mail. Tax receipts for donations less then $20 may be issued upon request. Please note: the registration fee for the Winners Walk of Hope is not tax receiptable.:: back to top
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