When you register for Heidi’s Walk, you’ll unlock the ability to create your own personalized fundraising page to share with your family and friends.
Once your registration is complete, you’ll be provided with a template message you can copy or customize to inspire your networks to support your participation in Heidi’s Walk. You can include photos, fun videos and your inspiration to join the event and support FTP’s vital programs and services.
We’ve compiled our top THREE tips below to get you started on your virtual fundraising journey:
- Set a fundraising and fitness goal
While we are unlike other fundraising events that require a minimum fundraising target to participate, we encourage all participants to set a personal fundraising goal for themselves. Though we suggest starting with $100 (that’s only 4 donations of $25), you can increase your goal at any time!
Pro tip: plan to fundraise a specific amount per kilometer you plan to be active through walking, running, cycling. $25 per kilometer from your collective network will have you passing $125 in no time!
- Support YOURSELF first
One of the most important donations you can make, is one to your own Heidi’s Walk fundraising page. Demonstrate your commitment to the cause through your personal page before you ask family and friends. Why not challenge your network to match your personal gift? Individual gifts add up, and you’ll be exceeding your goal before you know it!
- Make the ask
We understand it can feel challenging and uncomfortable to ask for money however, most people want to help out! It’s no secret that the last few months have been especially challenging for everyone: emotionally, physically and financially. Despite the challenges this pandemic has posed for us collectively, people have demonstrated now more than ever that they are eager to support organizations in their recovery from the effects of COVID-19. Think of Heidi’s Walk as an opportunity to educate those people in your network about the work that Family Transition Place (FTP) does, and the ongoing need for community awareness and support.
Did you know violence against women is highly prevalent, and it tends to increase during every type of emergency, including pandemics? Intimate partner violence remains the most common form of violence globally. Shockingly, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence by any perpetrator in their lifetime.**
**World Health Organization, “COVID-19 and violence against women”, March 26, 2020
As physical distancing and staying home were encouraged around the world, stress, anxiety and uncertainty were heightened, and the risk of intimate partner violence increased. The demand for FTP’s services and support has remained consistent and we continue to support the families in our community that need us – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As we proudly help the families navigate the support they need, and make modifications to our services as a result of COVID-19, financial support of our programs is more important than it has ever been.
Email your family, friends and colleagues. Post on your social media accounts. Share your fundraising page. You’ll be reaching your fundraising goal before you know it!
Have you been inside for most of the pandemic? Will Heidi’s Walk be your first foray back into getting more fit? No matter your fitness level, all you need is a little motivation to get started, stay active, and support Family Transition Place in the process!
Below, we’ve compiled our favourite fitness resources for you to explore; You’ll be off the couch and on your way in no time!
Here are a couple of local trail maps for walking and cycling that might be useful:
Where it all began - Island Lake Conservation Area - Island Lake Conservation Area - Credit Valley Conservation (cvc.ca)
Watch for these signs along the way!
While you're out walking, make sure to keep an eye out for our
Community Route Ambassador Sponsors!
In Bolton: Bodhi Wellness (#BodhiWellness)
In Orangeville: Dickinson + Hicks (#DickinsonHicks)
If you spot one of our signs in front of these locations, please take a photo and post it on social media with their hashtag!
ALWAYS CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE BEGINNING A NEW FITNESS REGIME
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
Click here to access the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for adults 18-64 years old
Click here to learn why just 30 minutes of physical activity per day is so important
WHAT ACTIVITY IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Click here to narrow down the activity that’s just right for you!
I NEED ACCESSIBLE OPTIONS
Click here to access the Canadian Disability Participation Project – Get in Motion for FREE telephone-based Physical Activity Coaching for adults living with physical disabilities.
WARM ME UP!
Click here to access a beginner 10 minute warmup you can do in the comfort of your home.
Click here for some quick tips from Dr. Scott Lear on how to start exercising at home.
I’M READY FOR MORE
Click here to view 5 FREE 20 minute workouts from fitness pro, Chloe Bent.
HOW DO I TRACK MY PROGRESS?
While there is no “right way” to track your distance, and it will be unique to YOU, click here for help in choosing a fitness tracker.
While many cell phones have GPS tracking capabilities to help you monitor your progress, MapMyRun and MapMyWalk are resources that will help you track and save your exact distance running, walking or cycling – wherever you may be! Though an account is required, these programs are completely FREE to sign-up for and use.
NEW! ACHIEVEMENT BADGES!
Share these achievement badges with your supporters once you have reached your fitness goals! Your supporters will see how well you're doing, and the badges really spice up your personal page. Click on the link below each image to save them on your computer.
Halfway There Badge
Click HERE for the Halfway There image.
Goal Reacher Badge
Click HERE for the Goal Reacher image.
Goal Crusher Badge
Click HERE for the Goal Crusher image.
Visit the Heidi's Walk Facebook page for regular updates!