Frequently Asked Questions about the Walk for the Centre

I want to walk for the Centre! What do I need to do?
How do I register?
How do I get sponsors and collect donations?
How do I walk on October 21?
How do I sponsor a walker or a team online?
Which route should I walk?
Does the Long Route include stairs?
What if it rains?
Is there free parking?
Can I collect donations of food or toiletries?
Do I still need a Sponsor Form if I register online?
Do I still need a Sponsor Form if I register online and all my sponsors donate online?
I have another question. Who can I ask?


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

1. Register!
2. Get sponsors and collect donations!
3. Walk on October 21!


How do I register?

You can register online using our web form or in person on the day of the event using our Sponsor Form. Either way, registration is simple. We just need your name, email address, team (if applicable), and whether you want to walk the long route or short route.
Registration helps us know how many people to expect on the day of the Walk. It also helps us gauge how many people in the community support the work of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre.


How do I get sponsors and collect donations?

Sponsors are people who make donations to the Food Centre on behalf of you or your team. Ask your friends, your family, your coworkers, your neighbours, your classmates, your book club, your church members, anyone you know!  Sponsors are not walking with you – they’re sponsoring your walk.
Use the Sponsor Form to keep track of your sponsors.  Mailing addresses allow CCSAC to send out charitable receipt directly to your sponsors with a note of thanks. CCSAC is a registered charity and will issue charitable receipts for any donation of $10 or more.
Donations can be made by cash or cheque made out to CCSAC or online through CanadaHelps. The money all goes to the same place: the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. We find it’s easiest to collect the donation immediately from your sponsors rather than trying to chase them down again.


How do I walk on October 21?

Come to Jean Pigott Hall at Ottawa City Hall at 1:30pm on Sunday, October 21. Bring your completed Sponsor Form, all the donations you’ve collected, comfortable shoes for the weather, and an umbrella or rain jacket if the forecast calls for rain. Drop your Sponsor Form and donations off with one of our volunteers at the Registration Tables, then enjoy the musical program until the Walk kicks off at 2pm. A kilted piper will lead us out of City Hall. Marshals will help direct you along the short route to Parliament Hill or the long route along the Ottawa River. Both routes end back at City Hall, where there will be refreshments and a photo booth to commemorate the day.


How do I sponsor a walker or a team online?

You can visit CCSAC’s CanadaHelps page to process a payment using your credit card or Paypal. In the “Donate to This Charity Now” section, enter the amount you wish to donate, then select “Walk for the Centre Walkathon” from the drop-down menu as the specific fund. Be sure to tell us which walker or team you’re sponsoring in the message box! When you click “Continue with My Donation,” you’ll be transferred to a secure page to enter your payment information. 


Which route should I walk?

Up to you! The Short Route is about 2 km and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It runs north from Ottawa City Hall along Elgin Street to Parliament Hill, where the RCMP will escort the group around the front lawn. Then it’s back to City Hall. There are no stairs on this route, and it is designed to be universally accessible.
The Long Route is about 4 km and takes about an hour to complete. Embark from City Hall on a scenic stroll along Ottawa’s famous waterways, the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River. The path loops back at Library and Archives Canada to run east along Wellington Street, giving a terrific view of Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial before returning to City Hall. 
Route Maps are available here.


Does the Long Route include stairs?

Yes. We’re returning to our original 2016 route along the Ottawa River, which includes a small stairway (5-6 steps) to transition from Queen Elizabeth Drive to the Western Rideau Canal pathway. There are also a few inclines that some walkers may find challenging. The Long Route runs north the Rideau Canal pathway past the lift locks to the Ottawa River, then west on the Ottawa River pathway to Library and Archives Canada, back east along Wellington Street back to Elgin Street and ends at City Hall (see route map here).


What if it rains?

The Walk for the Centre is a rain-or-shine event. Bring umbrellas, rain jackets, ponchos, wellies, whatever you need to stay warm and dry should the weather threaten. Registration takes place indoors at Ottawa City Hall, and there will be refreshments there after the Walk as well.


Is there free parking?

Yes! There is convenient parking located directly under City Hall, and it is free on the weekends.


Can I collect donations of food or toiletries?

Absolutely! Donations of non-perishable food items or toiletries allow the Food Centre to spend more of their resources on perishable foods such as meat, margarine, bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables. The most useful and needed items are peanut butter, canned tuna or salmon, canned soups and stews, canned vegetables, canned beans (including baked beans, kidney beans, and black beans), cereal, dry pasta and pasta sauce, Kraft dinner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and toilet paper. Charitable receipts will not be issued for in-kind donations.


Do I still need a Sponsor Form if I register online?

Yep! Online registration tells us you’re walking, but it doesn’t tell us who your sponsors are or how we can send them charitable receipts for their donations. You can download and print a Sponsor Form here.


Do I still need a Sponsor Form if I register online and all my sponsors donate online?

Nope! Online donations are handled by CanadaHelps, which issues charitable receipts to all donors and sponsors. If you’ve registered online, that’s all we need. Just check in with one of our volunteers at the Registration Tables so we can confirm your attendance.


I have another question. Who can I ask?

Ask us! Use the Contact page on our website or send us an email at centretownchurches@gmail.com. We’ll try to answer your question as soon as we can.