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Grandview Children's Foundation
"'Truly inspirational, awe-inspiring and deeply touching'. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe how much it touched us seeing Our Kids determined to show that they are not limited by their personal challenges. We will remember the look of determination on Owen's face as he walked the entire 5k with only his walker as his support. Nor will we forget Hannah and Alexa who wheeled the 5k or Greg who ran the marathon in a pumpkin suit to support Grandview Kids. In general, we celebrate the accomplishments of Grandview Kids: Alexa, Cody, Connor, Hannah, Matt, Mackynzi, Mitchell, Owen, Riley, Robert and Tyler who each set their personal goals and made us all proud. Way to go Smash'n Pumpkins and a special thanks to Anh and the Charity Challenge team, Canada Running Series, and Scotiabank who allowed us this opportunity."
— Grandview Children's Foundation, October 2012
Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC)
"This was our first year as an official charity for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. STWM provided a wonderful opportunity for us to recruit 80 runners, share our vision and mission, build a very cool 'running community' and raise over $20,000 towards our LAUNCH program which invests in young leaders in our city! On behalf of Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC) — a big shout out to Anh and the good people at CRS, Scotiabank and Artez for helping make this great opportunity possible!"
— Carl Nash, LAUNCH Director, Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC), October 2012
Giant Steps Toronto/York Region
"A participant and frequent prize winner since 2004, Giant Steps is a school & therapy centre for children with autism — a small local charity, big in passion for our mission of enabling kids with autism, but limited in resources.
The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is our largest annual fundraising event, critical to the funding of our kids' therapy programs. The Charity Challenge provides us with unmatched opportunities: the ability to participate in a world class event, to incur minimal administrative costs, and to bring 100% of the money we raise home to children with autism. Our pledges and prize winnings now total over $650,000!
From our kids, families, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors, our heartfelt thanks go to Scotiabank Group, Canada Running Series and the City of Toronto!"
—Joanne Scott-Jackson, Director of Development, Giant Steps Toronto/York Region, September 2012
Gilda's Club Greater Toronto
"Gilda's Club Greater Toronto is grateful to have the opportunity to participate annually in the Scotiabank Toronto Charity Challenge.
This event has become our 2nd biggest fundraiser and 2 years ago we were fortunate to have been chosen as 1 of the 3 featured charities. Since then, we have had a high rate of returning participants each year. What a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for Gilda's Club Greater Toronto — a community support organization for men, women, teens and children living with cancer. From the Board, Staff and Members of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, thanks for this event! See you all on October 14th!"
—Elana Shapiro, Development Associate, Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, September 2012
Lymphedema Association of Ontario
"The annual STWM — Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge has quickly become our number one fundraising event of the year. Although our organization is small, we have been able to raise a total of $85,000 over the past four years. What is truly amazing is the support that the STWM team provides for charities. Participating in the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge eliminates the need for depositing sponsorship cheques, processing payments and issuing charitable receipts. The event organizers do it all while we simply wait to receive our single cheque. The administration resources it saves our organization is tremendous. It allows us to focus on our goals of raising awareness and education for Lymphedema. Thank you STWM team & Scotiabank!"
— Anna Kennedy, Executive Director, November 2011
ANNE'S TEAM (The Anne Hoehn Memorial Foundation)
"STWM provides our small, volunteer-based organization an opportunity to combine two things about which we are truly passionate — running for ourselves AND running for our cause. STWM is the perfect platform for ANNE'S TEAM — it marries the sport of endurance running, and all the physical and mental benefits that this sport offers, with our charitable mission to create awareness and raise funds for youth mental health. A very big thank you to CRS for providing the stage for ANNE'S TEAM to test our MENTAL TOUGHNESS!"
—Mike Hoehn, Founder
Interested in becoming one of our official charities? If you're interested in more information about the 2014 Scotiabank Charity Challenge please contact , Charity Development & Event Coordinator, for an information package.
Make your Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon or 5k more meaningful by going the distance for one of our Official Charities. Run or walk in honour of a loved one or to simply give something back to your community. No matter which distance you participate in, your fundraising makes a difference!
Simply choosing a charity and raising donations brings them closer to their goal! Check out the great incentive programs unique to each charity team—to keep you motivated and to reward your efforts! Incentives are listed on each charity team page, and may include: Free entries, gear, prizes and/or great pre/post-run parties!
Featured and Official Charities of the 2014 STWM
Coming in 2014!
National Charity Partner
With thousands of people entered to run our Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K, some go the extra mile by dressing up for the occasion.
The number of participants who wear Fancy Dress during the Canada Running Series Races has grown over the past few years mainly to generate more attention for a particular charity as well as to raise more funds.
We have a 'Best Dressed Costume' category in all three events.
All costumes will be judged by 3 Celebrity / Media Judges at the Finish Line. Please note that you have to finish the race in your costume!
PLEASE NOTE that Winners must choose from one of the Scotiabank Official Charities or Neighbourhood Charities to allocate their prize money.
So who will you be? Fred Flintstone yelling 'Yabba Dabba Doo', Buzz Lightyear racing to infinity and beyond, or Superwoman hoping to be the fastest female super hero to cross the finish line?
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