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Walk for Water 2016

 

Walk for Water Frequently Asked Questions

What is Walk for Water?
How long has Walk for Water been happening?
How do I participate?
When and where are the 2016 Walk for Water events taking place?
How long are the walks?
Is Walk for Water a race? Will I be timed?
Can I ride my bike/push a stroller/participate in a wheelchair?
Can my office/company/club get involved?
How are Walk for Water proceeds used?
Do you provide charitable receipts for the donations I collect?
What can I expect from a Walk for Water event?
What should I bring?
What if I can’t make it to one of this year’s walks?
I want to fundraise online – how do I get started?
Do I have to choose between collecting pledges and participating in person or fundraising online?
I want to put up posters in my community and/or distribute pledge forms. Can you help?

What is Walk for Water?

Walk for Water is the largest grassroots fundraising event in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg. It takes place each year in various lakeside communities.

How long has Walk for Water been happening?

The first Walk for Water event took place in 2007 in Matlock. Other lakeside communities began organizing their own walks soon after.

How do I participate?

Download the 2016 pledge form, or pick one up from our Winnipeg office (they’re also available at select lakeside businesses). Use the form to collect pledges for your walk. Bring your completed pledge form and the money you raised to one of our 2016 Walk for Water events where LWF volunteers will help you register before the walk begins.

When and where are the 2016 Walk for Water events taking place?

Three Walk for Water events are taking place this summer – in Dunnottar on July 24, in Gimli on Aug. 7 and in Victoria Beach on Aug. 7.

How long are the walks?

Dunnottar and Gimli’s walks are approximately five kilometres long. Victoria Beach’s event has five- and 2.5-kilometre options.

Is Walk for Water a race? Will I be timed?

No. These events bring together people of all ages and abilities, so please walk at a pace that feels right for you. Many participants bring the whole family – including the dog!

Can I ride my bike/push a stroller/participate in a wheelchair?

Yes. If you’re biking, please wear a helmet, follow basic rules of the road and use the appropriate level of caution; many people (including small children and pets) will be walking and it’s important that everyone stays safe. As well, please note that some Walk for Water routes encompass a variety of terrains including grass, wooden boardwalks, gravel paths and the occasional hill.

Can my office/company/club get involved?

Definitely! You’re welcome to participate as a team, or help out by volunteering. Organizations and businesses can also get involved by offering support in the form of a corporate donation or sponsorship (contact us for more information).

How are Walk for Water proceeds used?

Proceeds from Walk for Water are donated to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) and used to translate science into solutions for our shared waters: funding research grants, training citizen scientists, educating students and community groups, supporting administrative costs, and advancing the actions of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan in order to address the root causes of harmful algae blooms.

Do you provide charitable receipts for the donations I collect?

Yes, LWF provides charitable receipts for donations of $20 or more. Make sure you collect accurate and complete information from your pledgers to ensure that we can issue a receipt!

If you are using our online fundraising option, charitable receipts will be automatically issued and emailed to donors.

What can I expect from a Walk for Water event?

Fresh air, exercise, and the opportunity to meet other lake-lovers and learn about freshwater stewardship. All participants receive a free t-shirt – and the chance to win some amazing prizes! After the walk, we encourage you to stay for refreshments and entertainment, pick up educational materials, or browse LWF’s unique fundraising products.

What should I bring?

Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Don’t forget to also bring your pledge form and the money you raised.

What if I can’t make it to one of this year’s walks?

There are lots of other ways to get involved in Walk for Water! Participate as a pledger by donating to someone who is walking, or help spread the word by sharing information about our events on social media. New for 2016, we’ve launched an online fundraising option – you can support Walk for Water by donating or by creating your own fundraising page.

I want to fundraise online – how do I get started?

First, head to the Walk for Water 2016 online home page. Next, choose whether you want to create a team or join as an individual. You’ll be led through a short series of easy steps to create your own page – remember to personalize it by sharing why you care about water, and adding photos and videos! Finally, use the yellow icons to email your friends and family, or share your page on social media. Need assistance? We can offer technical support and tips to make your campaign a success.

Do I have to choose between collecting pledges and participating in person or fundraising online?

No, you can do both. In fact, you may find that creating a personalized online fundraising page helps your on-the-ground fundraising efforts. Sharing your efforts on your social media networks will make it even easier to collect pledges from out-of-town friends and family.

I want to put up posters in my community and/or distribute pledge forms. Can you help?

Absolutely! Contact the LWF office to make arrangements.

LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes information on our emerging community-based monitoring network, details about groundbreaking microplastics research made possible through our grants program, and helpful tips on how you can speak up for water by reaching out to decision makers.