Frequently Asked Questions

General Event Info

Learn more about Sunshine Float for Dreams here.

This is a team-based event designed for groups of up to 10 people, floating together for a good cause. Minimum age requirement to participate is 7, and participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

All participants must be comfortable in an environment where water levels can range from one foot in depth to over six feet. Participants with mobility limitations will be offered assistance by our volunteer team to be lifted on and off flotation devices. You will be in/on your float for 2-3 hours. There will be experienced guides on the river to supervise and provide emergency support. Participants must be self-sufficient in handling themselves if their float tips. Life jackets will be provided, however size options are limited so participants are encouraged to bring their own.

Yes, definitely! While Sunshine Float for Dreams has traditionally been a team-based event designed for groups of up to 10 people, floating together for a good cause, we have recently included individuals in this event. Don’t worry about floating down the river on your own; we will simultaneously launch all participants who register as an individual. To register, sign up as a team of one. Who knows maybe your participation will encourage your friends and family to join you!

Family and friends are welcome to join all participants after their float at the Float Social which will be taking place at Chicopee Tube Park (1600 River Road, Kitchener ON). There is no admission fee to the Float Social. Entertainment is free and food and beverage will be available for purchase. Donations will be greatly appreciated and will be accepted on site.

The event will start at approximately 8:30am and will end at approximately 4:00pm. Teams will enter the water between 9 - 11am. Team Captains will be notified of their team's check-in time prior to the event date. It will take around 2-3 hours to float down the river while completing on-water challenges.

The Float Social will run from approximately 12:00pm until 4:00pm.

Please park in the designated parking area at Chicopee Tube Park (Kitchener, ON). Participants will exit the river at Grand River Canoeing and will be shuttled back to Chicopee Tube Park. Maps of the venue indicating the designated parking area will be posted closer to the event and emailed to your Team Captain.

Chicopee Tube Park is located in Kitchener, Ontario.
1600 River Road Kitchener, ON N2A 4K8 Phone: (519) 895-2322
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No, unfortunately there are no camping facilities at Chicopee Tube Park. For those participants wanting to make the event part of a weekend getaway, consider booking at the Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo.

A little rain won't stop your unforgettable journey down the Grand River! In the event of serious weather conditions or water level concerns, the event may be cancelled at the discretion of Chicopee Tube Park.

Registration

To register a team, you have two options. You can either register and pay for a full team, or create a team and pay as an individual.

If you choose to pay the full team fee, you will receive an email within 48 hours containing a promo link that you can forward to your fellow teammates for them to join your team at no cost.

If you choose to pay as an individual, your teammates will need to register by clicking "Join A Team" on the homepage. Be sure to give them your team name so they can search for the right team. You can register here. The registration process is easy! If you need some help, feel free to contact us at events@sunshine.ca

On the homepage click on "Join A Team". If you have participated in past Float for Dreams, you will be able to login. If not, click the 'Join as a New Participant' button.

You will be directed to search for your team by team name. Once you have found your team, you will be guided through the registration process.

Join an existing team here.

Within the registration process there is the option to pay for an entire team. Online payment options include MasterCard, Visa and American Express. To pay by cheque, contact events@sunshine.ca, or call 1-800-461-7935 ext. 239. If you are paying for a full team you will receive an email containing a promo link within 48 hours of your payment which you will be able to forward to your teammates. This promo code will allow your teammates to register without having to make a payment.

Your Team Captain would have received a promo link to forward on to all team members. Contact your team Captain for the link and you will be able to register without having to make a payment.

No. For tax purposes, your registration fee is not considered a donation and does not apply to your fundraising goal. Registration fees help offset the costs of putting on such an amazing event.

Fundraising

Your Floater's Hub is your online resource to help you in your fundraising journey. It has loads of valuable tools and resources that will help you raise as much money as possible. Use your Hub to set up your personal fundraising page, utilize the template emails and track your individual and team progress. All team captains will have access to view their team members' fundraising progress and encourage them to keep up the great work.

Log in in the top right hand corner of the website. Your Hub has step by step instructions on how to set it up. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

Each individual is encouraged to raise $500. That's only 20 friends, family or co-workers giving $25 each. Not sure where to start with your fundraising? Check out our Fundraising Guide. As encouragement, we have developed some exciting Fundraising Incentives to recognize your achievements.

Absolutely! We make it easy for you to rally your friends and family around Sunshine Float for Dreams. With a customizable fundraising page - you can add your photo and a personal story which will help to encourage donations as well as participation in the event. You can also send personalized emails with updates on your fundraising status. There is also a social profile badge that you can download and helpful social media posts that you can use to keep your network excited and up-to-date on your progress. Lastly, our Fundraising Guide is posted on the Resources Page. See the Participant Center for details.

You bet! We want to reward you for your fundraising efforts as much as possible, so we have developed exciting Fundraising Incentives. Check out our Fundraising Guide for more details.

Donations

Fundraising Guide is posted on the Resources Page. See the Participant Center for details.

All pledges raised are used to help The Sunshine Foundation of Canada fulfill our mission of making dreams come true for children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. Your registration fees help offset event costs. See examples of our Sunshine Dream Stories.

Supporting through donation is as easy as 1,2,3! You can search for teams or individuals you wish to donate to here! Simply type in the team or individual name in the search field and you will be taken directly to the team or individual page to make a donation. Be sure to have the team or individual name handy to make the process easier!

To make it easy for you, we encourage all donations to come through your online fundraising pages using the available credit card options. In the event you receive cash or cheque donations, please mail a cheque for the total amount, to:

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada
100-300 Wellington St.
London, Ontario
N6B 2L5

For cash donations, you can write a personal cheque and mail it to the address above. Be sure to include the donor information for all cash donations on the pledge form. Donations over $20.00 will not receive a tax receipt unless we have all of their contact information.

To be eligible for incentive prizing, all donations must be received by the Sunshine offices in London, ON by 5pm on Monday, June 15th, 2020.

All donations of $20.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. For online donations, a tax receipt is automatically emailed to the donor's email address provided at the time of donation. If donations are made offline, through cash or cheque, Sunshine will mail a tax receipt to the donor via Canada Post. Please note: Registration fees are not tax deductible

Other Questions?

Still have questions? Contact events@sunshine.ca or call us at 1-800-461-7935 ex. 239.

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