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Official Charity Kudos

  • 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

Pace, stride, endurance. Register now and sign up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

The 2014 Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Make your Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon or 5k more meaningful by going the distance for one of our 2014 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 to keep you motivated and reward you for your efforts! Incentives are listed on each charity page, and may include: Free entries, gear, prizes and great pre/post-run parties!

 

Featured Charities of the 2014 STWM

LOFT Giant Steps Toronto The Asthma Society of Canada

National Charity Partner

Team In Training details

2014 STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge Awards

2013 Charity Challenge Results

Every dollar you raise will help the charity of your choice come closer to winning one of three $6,000 prizes awarded by Scotiabank!

1st place = $6,000
2nd place = $3,000
3rd place = $2,000

Cash prizes as listed above will be awarded to the top three Official Charities with:

  1. The most fundraising participants (in any combination of events) **Each runner/walker must raise at least $20 for the charity to be eligible**
  2. The highest amount of pledges (total $$ raised)
  3. The largest amount of pledge dollars per participant. **To qualify, a charity must have a minimum of ten fundraising participants**
Important rules:
  • Fundraising totals and awards will be based on standings at 12:00pm on Wednesday, October 31st, 2014. All offline fundraising reports MUST be submitted by this time!
  • No charity can win more than one award. In the event that a charity should win in more than one category, they will be awarded the prize for the category in which they place higher; the second place finisher(s) in the affected category/categories will then win the other award(s).
  • Although charities may fundraise as a group, each individual must meet the minimum $20 fundraising objective.

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Registration

Follow these 3 easy steps and sign up online to raise funds as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

fundraising made easy
  1. Choose Your Charity. Click here to view our list of 2014 Official Charities and select your cause. Note: Some charities offer incentives that may require special discount codes to be entered upon registration. Before registering for your event, please follow the instructions provided by the Charity Administrator from your selected Charity.
  2. Register online for the Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5k. Be sure to fill out the Scotiabank Charity Challenge section and enter the discount code (if applicable) provided by your Charity Administrator. You will receive an email confirming your race registration from EventsOnline.

    Note: This step registers you for the event only. You must complete step 3 to create your fundraising profile.
    *Online registration closes midnight October 13, 2014.
  3. Get Ready to Start Fundraising! Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation screen requesting you to click SUBMIT. This will allow EventsOnLine to transfer your information over to Artez (our fundraising platform). Upon submitting this information, you will be transferred to your online fundraising page. Here you can edit your personal fundraising page and start collecting pledges for the Charity of your choice!

    Once this process is complete, you will receive an email from your Charity confirming your fundraising registration, which will include your username and log in information. Keep this email for easy access to your fundraising profile where you can edit your fundraising goal, upload photos and videos, update your message, and send emails to family and friends.

    Artez Interactive is entirely free to you and your Charity of choice. As a result of Scotiabank's generous sponsorship, every penny you raise goes directly to the Charity!

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Scotiabank Employee Fundraising Program

As an added benefit of being employed by the title sponsor, Scotiabank will cover the registration fee for employees who register for the event and fundraise a minimum of $100 for one of the 2014 Scotiabank Charity Challenge Official Charities by September 29, 2014.

Click here for more information

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Best Dressed Costume Contest

Win More Money for Your Charity!

marathon costume

We have a 'Best Dressed Costume' contest in all three of our race events. Our professional race photographers are on course capturing all the best costumes throughout the day, so no one gets missed. All costumes are judged by 3 Celebrity / Media Judges at the Finish Line and winners are announced at our annual Charity Challenge and Neighbourhood Challenge Awards Night.

Please note that you have to finish the race in your costume to qualify! Winners of the Costume Contest must choose from one of the Scotiabank Official Charities or Neighbourhood Charities to allocate their prize money.

fun costumes for charity

2013 Winners

5km Half Marathon Full Marathon
marathon costume
Tuxedos — Kevin Bourgeois & Johnathan Puddle
Bride
Bride — Rosena Joseph
Man in Cage
Man in Cage — Brett Titus (First Place)
Anatomy
Anatomy
Fireman
Fireman — Kevin Bibby (Honourable Mention)

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2014 Digital Champions

The STWM Digital Champions are a group of diverse, dedicated and enthusiastic athletes; each with a unique story and running history. Follow their journeys, their ups and downs, motivations and challenges, as they train for Canada's #1 Big-City Marathon! Click here to read about each of the digital champions.

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CES

Community Education Services CANADA

Shoes     Shoes

Donate your seconds for athletes
who only dream of their first

CES Canada provides secondary school education for youth orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS living in Kenya.

Drop off your new or slightly used running shoes at packet pick-up (on the days leading up to the race) or at baggage check on race day. CES Canada will send them to runners in Kenya who cannot afford a decent pair of training footwear.

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