Frequently Asked Questions about the Walk for the Centre

What is a Virtual Walkathon?

We are still walking this year… but it’s different!

Some aspects of our Walkathon will be online this year. We will have virtual teams on our ‘Walk For The Centre’ webpage and we will walk together in spirit only – we won’t have a physical walk together downtown as we usually do. Each participant will walk 2km or 4km anytime between 1-4pm on October 4, in your neighbourhood, favourite trail, or anywhere you’d like to!

I want to Walk for the Centre! What do I need to do?

  1. Register
  2. Spread the word to your online network via email or social networks like Facebook.
  3. Get sponsors and collect donations.
  4. Walk on October 4!

How do I register?

You can register online at:

Or, if you prefer raising funds physically, download our Pledge Form at

How can I raise funds in a Virtual Walkathon?

Online donations are the most efficient way to fundraise this year.  Walkers and sponsors are encouraged to register and donate online at this link:

Do you accept cash and cheques?

We’ll take your cash and cheques too!

The Pledge Form can be used to collect funds for the walkathon by cash or cheques.  Cheques are preferred over cash this year.  For a drop-off location, talk to your CCSAC representative or email us at  Be sure to get donors’ and sponsors’ mail and/or email information so we can send a tax receipt.

Alternatively, you can send cheques to CCSAC, 507 Bank Street, Ottawa K2P 1Z5.

How do I sponsor a walker or a team online?

Go to the following page to make a payment using your credit card:

Be sure to tell us which walker or team you want to sponsor.   When you click ‘Continue with My Donation,’ you’ll be transferred to a secure page to enter your payment information.

Where can I download a Pledge Form if I am not signing up online?

You can download and print a Pledge Form here:

I just want to make a donation.  How can I support this year’s “Virtual” walkathon?

Our Walk for the Centre fundraising page allows you to sponsor an individual or a team, or just make a general donation.  Go to:

Alternatively, you can send cheques to CCSAC, 507 Bank Street, Ottawa K2P 1Z5.

How do I get a tax receipt during COVID-19?

For online donations – CanadaHelps automatically issues a tax receipt.

For donations by cash or cheque – CCSAC, a registered charity, will issue charitable receipts for any donation of $20 or more.  Upon request, we will issue a charitable receipt for lesser amounts.  We will need your sponsor’s email or mailing address in order to send them a tax receipt, so make sure they fill in the Pledge Form.

A reminder that it is easiest to collect donations immediately from your sponsors when you sign them up, rather than trying to chase them down again after the walk.

Where do I walk on Sunday, October 4?

Up to you!  You are free to walk anywhere you choose on October 4th.

Plan to walk anytime from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Plan your own 2 or 4 km Walk For The Centre, be it in your own neighbourhood or even on the treadmill in your own home!  You are also free to follow one of our traditional routes up to Parliament Hill, or do a hike along one of your favourite trails.

Can I collect donations of food or toiletries?

Thank you for considering this but, because of COVID-19, the Food Centre is not collecting food or toiletry donations at the moment.

I have another question. Who can I ask?

Ask us! Use the Contact page on our website or send us an email at We’ll get back to you at the earliest!