FAQ

> What is Walk In Her Shoes?

Women and girls in developing countries walk an average of 10,000 steps every day to collect the basics their families need to survive -- water, food, firewood. This leaves them little time to get an education or earn an income.

Each year, thousands of CARE supporters in Canada, Australia, the UK and US walk 10,000 steps in solidarity with these women to raise funds to help break the cycle of poverty. Launched in 2011, this challenge engages individuals, corporations, communities and schools to become involved and make vital changes around the world.

This year, the Vancouver Walk In Her Shoes Challenge will take place on March 8, 2020, at Creekside Community Centre, on International Women's Day. 

Funds raised from Walk In Her Shoes will support selected efforts to fight malnutrition in Malawi.

> Who can walk?

Individuals and teams can register to walk and raise funds in support of women, girls and their families who live in poverty. As a participant, you can walk with your team, your school, your dog, your co-workers, your family, or on your own. See fundraising tips for more details on how to start a team.

> When and where is the walk?

This year we will be walking along the False Creek Seawall, starting and ending at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre's gymnasium. Join us Sunday, March 8, at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way) from 8:30am for a 9:20am event kick-off and then a 10 am walk start.

> What if I can't make Sunday, March 8 for the main event? 

You can still get involved by registering and walking 10,000 steps between now and the end of March. Be sure to register and seek the support of your friends, family, and colleagues. And let us know where you're walking by tagging @VancouverCouncilForCARECanada or @CAREcanada in your Facebook posts, using hashtags #Walk4CARE #VancouverWalks #WalkInHerShoes, or by sending an email to walk@care.ca.

Last year, hundreds of participants walked in satellite walks before or after the main event, or in locations where groups of supporters came together (e.g., Trail, Sun Peaks, New York City, and Mexico). Let us know where your steps take you!

Or if you prefer not to walk, you can support an individual walker or team.

> How do I register? 

Registering for Walk In Her Shoes is easy. First decide if you want to register as an individual or if you want to invite your friends, family, or colleagues to form a team.

To register as an individual:

  • Follow this link to register as an individual.
  • If you walked last year, and can remember your login, fill in Returning User info (recover your password if necessary); if not, just click on Join As a New Participant.
  • Follow the steps answering each question.
  • Note there is a $25 registration fee - this counts towards your fundraising total and you will receive a $20 tax receipt. If this fee is a barrier to your participation, please email us at walk@care.ca. Children walk for free!
  • As soon as you register, you will receive a welcome email with information about how to login and create your individual fundraising page.
  • Last step, once your individual page is set up, invite your friends, family, and colleagues to support you (sample emails can be found in My Centre/Participant Centre at the top of the website page).

To register a team:

  • Select Start A Team.
  • You will then be asked to register as an individual participant as well, and your profile will then be identified as the Team Captain.
  • You will be asked to set a team fundraising goal and an individual fundraising goal (i.e., the amount you will aim to raise towards your team's overall goal).
  • Note there is a $25 registration fee - this counts towards your fundraising total and you will receive a $20 tax receipt. If this fee is a barrier to your participation, please email us at walk@care.ca.
  • As soon as you register, you will receive a welcome email with information about how to login and create both your team fundraising page and your individual fundraising page.
  • Last step, once your team page is set up, invite your friends, family, and colleagues to support you or join your team and walk with you (sample emails can be found in My Centre/Participant Centre at the top of the website page).

Notes: When you visit our Top Walkers page, your team name will appear under Teams and your name will appear under Individuals.

If you register as an Individual first but then decide you’d like to form a team, email walk@care.ca with your desired team name and fundraising goal and we’ll make it happen behind the scenes.

To join an existing team:

  • Follow this link to join an existing team.
  • If you walked last year, and can remember your login, fill in Returning User info (recover your password if necessary); if not, just click on Join As a New Participant.
  • Follow the steps answering each question.
  • Note there is a $25 tax-receiptable sign up fee -- these fees will be included in our grand total. If this fee is a barrier to your participation, please email us at walk@care.ca.
  • As soon as you register, you will receive a welcome email with information about how to login and create your personal fundraising page.
  • Last step, once your personal page is set up, invite your friends, family, and colleagues to support you and your team (sample emails can be found in My Centre/Participant Centre at the top of the website page).

> How much does it cost to register? 

The regisrtation fee is $25 and you will receive a tax receipt for $20. If this fee is a barrier to your participation, please email us at walk@care.ca. Children walk for free!

> Is there a cut-off date for registrations? 

No there isn't. You can also register at the main event on March 8, 2020 but we recommend you register online before the walk.

> Can I register on site on March 8? 

Yes, however we recommend you register online before the walk to save time and avoid possible line-ups on the day.

> How far do I have to walk?

We ask that you try to walk 10,000 steps. This is the equivalent of seven kilometres and should take around 60-90 minutes. The average Canadian walks only 2,000 steps per day, whereas girls and women in poor countries walk an average of 10,000 steps per day.

> Do I have to ask my friends, family and co-workers to donate to Walk In Her Shoes? 

No, you can simply register (cost: $25), or register and donate yourself, and then come out and enjoy the walk. There’s no pressure for those who prefer not to ask others for donations. Most of all, we’d just love to have you walk with us on Sunday, March 8.

> Can I volunteer for Walk In Her Shoes? 

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You bet. Register here!

> I’m having problems registering and/or setting up my fundraising page, what should I do?

Contact us: walk@care.ca

> Someone wants to give me a cash donation, what should I do?

CARE's Walk In Her Shoes is an online fundraising campaign. The benefits of fundraising online include the ability to keep an accurate and up to date record of your donations and reducing the security risks associated with handling money.

However, there is a printable pledge form on your 'My Centre' page that you can print and use to track cash and cheque donations. Please bring this to the walk with you or mail it into the address below.

If you do not attend the community walk on Sunday, March 8, or you receive cash donations after the event, we ask that you do not send it to us in the mail. Please deposit it into your own bank account and have a bank draft or cheque drawn up to the order of CARE Canada and mail it to us at:

CARE Canada
Donation Processing Centre
PO Box 2359 Station Main
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A6

> My supporters are looking for receipts, what should I tell them? 

Anyone who donates to you through your online page will automatically receive a tax receipt via email within hours. Anyone who gives cash or a cheque and fills out their information on the pledge sheet that you mail in with the donations will receive a receipt by mail.

> How can I stay connected? 

Once you have registered, we'll send you regular updates by email. Also, you can follow us on our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter (#Walk4CARE, #VancouverWalks, #WalkInHerShoes, #IWD2020). Or email us with any questions or feedback: walk@care.ca.

> I can't walk 10,000 steps. How can I get involved? 

There are many ways to get involved other than walking 10,000 steps. Please contact us to find out about becoming a volunteer, sponsor, promoter, and a host of other ways to help.

> How am I making a difference? 

By taking the Walk In Her Shoes Challenge, you are walking in solidarity with women and girls around the world. You are walking to help end poverty and inequality globally. You are also raising awareness and raising funds to advance this cause.

All money raised will go towards vital CARE projects helping reduce the need for women and girls to walk such long distances, and helping them, in turn, to earn an income, access health care, get an education and overcome poverty. This year, funds raised by the Vancouver Walk In Her Shoes Challenge will go directly to CARE's Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies project in Malawi.

> Who are the organizers of the Vancouver Walk In Her Shoes and how can I get involved? 

The Vancouver Walk In Her Shoes is in its seventh year and is co-organized by CARE Canada and a diverse and dynamic group of supporters who make up the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada. The Vancouver Council was formed in 2011 by Dr. Martha Piper and Laura Edwards and has now grown to over 60 members, led by Chair Chair Barbara Ross-Denroche and Vice Chair Kelsey Dunwoodie. By engaging their friends, family, and colleagues, these passionate women inspire others in their communities to help CARE empower women and girls.

Walk In Her Shoes relies on the help and talents of a small army of volunteers, some of whom are Council members and some of whom are not. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the Vancouver Council, please email us.

> Why do we walk in March every year? 

Every year we hold our Walk In Her Shoes event as close to International Women’s Day (March 8) as possible in support of empowering girls and women around the globe.

> Who is CARE Canada? 

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE began delivering vital disaster relief and humanitarian aid – much of it in the globally recognized form of CARE Packages. CARE has remained a leader in disaster response for more than 70 years while building expertise in international development programming to deliver lasting change worldwide. Last year, CARE worked in 93 countries, reaching more than 62 million people based on need alone. Today, CARE Canada focuses on food and nutrition, women's economic empowerment, humanitarian relief, and maternal and child health, all with a special emphasis on women and girls. To learn more, visit www.care.ca.

 

> Start your challenge. Register now!