2019 Participating Charities

The following charities are participating in the 2019 Scotiabank Charity Challenge. More charities will be added throughout the year, so check back soon for an up-to-date list. Please note that to participate as a fundraiser at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, you must first register for one of the events. Register now!

Click on a charity to donate, create a fundraising profile, and find out more about how to get involved.

Official Charities

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ALS Society of Canada

ALS Society of Canada

ALS Canada is dedicated to supporting people living with ALS and investing in research to make ALS a treatable, not terminal, disease. In partnership with provincial ALS Societies, we provide community-based services and support to help meet the needs of people living with ALS. Through the ALS Canada Research Program we invest in research across the country, we also advocate federally, provincially and locally for better government support and access within the healthcare system.
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Eve Smithwhite
Phone: (416) 497-2267 x214
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.als.ca TwitterFacebook
 
Ausome Ottawa

Ausome Ottawa

COURAGE. CONNECTION. COMMUNITY. That's what you will be building if you run with the Ausome team.

-Improve your fitness
-Fundraise so children with autism can play too.
-Team tshirt for raising >$50


Sign up the whole family and/or the whole office. Ausome has runners in all events, with 2k and 5k most popular.

Sign-up online for ANY run/walk event during Race Weekend and select Ausome Ottawa as supported charity.

When registering, the website will give you the option to “Create Your Own Fundraising Page” and then provide a drop down menu to choose "Ausome Ottawa" as your charity of choice.
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Liisa Vexler
Phone: (613) 898-1184
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://ausomeottawa.com/ InstagramTwitterFacebook
 
Autism Speaks Canada

Autism Speaks Canada

Running in support of Autism Speaks Canada will provide you an exciting, memorable and fulfilling experience and make a difference to the autism community in so many ways. Your support can enable researchers to move towards timely and targeted healthcare, while fueling service providers to create programs that address the diverse needs of individuals with autism – and so much more. Together, we’ll enhance lives today and deliver a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
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Ashlee Pallotta
Phone: (613) 302-1583
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.autismspeaks.ca InstagramTwitterFacebook
 
Brain Injury Canada

Brain Injury Canada

The mission of Brain Injury Canada is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families/caregivers living with brain injury in Canada. The Board, Staff and volunteers of Brain Injury Canada are dedicated to facilitating post-trauma research, education, awareness and advocacy in partnership with national, provincial/territorial and regional associations and other stakeholders.
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Michelle McDonald
Phone: (613) 762-1222
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.braininjurycanada.ca InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Camp Misquah

Camp Misquah

Help make an awesome summer experience for campers and staff even better. This year we will be putting funds raised at Camp Misquah to replacement of cabins, improvements to sun shelters, and continuing to improve accessibility at the camp.

For the past three years, we have been one of the best charities in Scotiabank Charity Challenge, raising over $110,000. We are the little charity that can at Ottawa Race Weekend.
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Mark Wigmore
Phone: (613) 233-5001
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.campmisquah.com InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

Help reach the finish line in the fight against cancer by joining the Canadian Cancer Society running team at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend!

Register today!

Thanks to our dedicated runners and their supporters, we continue to have more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity in Canada. Join us today and help keep up the pace!

To show our appreciation for raising funds, runners raising $300 or more will receive a Canadian Cancer Society running shirt (supplies are limited).

To register your fundraising page, visit www.cancer.ca/runottawa and register today!
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Christina Thompson
Phone: (613) 723-1744 x3620
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.cancer.ca InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Causeway Foundation

Causeway Foundation

Causeway is an Ottawa-based organization that helps thousands of disadvantaged people each year enhance their skills, receive one-on-one support, and achieve economic independence through meaningful employment. Causeway takes a holistic approach to supporting individuals with mental health issues and other barriers to employment, believing in the physical, social, and financial well-being of all.
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Juliana Rodger
Phone: (613) 725-3494 x108
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.causewayfoundation.org InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma

Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma

Please join our team in raising funds for the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma. All funds will go towards aiding the Centre in providing specialized and accessible psychotherapy services, in the area of trauma and abuse. We also strive to offer professional training and education; and promote public awareness in the areas of trauma and recovery. Join our team to help us achieve our goal and create a greater sense of community.
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Mandy Paquette
Phone: (613) 407-4944
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.centrefortreatment.com/ TwitterFacebook
 
Connected in Motion

Connected in Motion

More than 300,000 Canadians live with T1D*. About 85% of people living with T1D are adults but there are few programs available for this population. Connected In Motion is filling the gap by helping persons with T1D: live a healthy & active lifestyle, provide a community, and help people manage stress through active and educational weekend retreats, active and social day programs, and adventure trips where people can push their physical and mental limits.
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Contact Information

Jen Hanson
Phone: (905) 931-2214
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.connectedinmotion.ca InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Crossroads Children's Mental Health Centre

Crossroads Children's Mental Health Centre

Come run with us!

Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre (CCMHC) has been working exclusively with children up to the age of 12 and their families since 1995. We are committed to developing and delivering a wide range of mental health services to help children and families struggling with severe emotional, behavioural and social challenges.

Your donation dollars will go directly to supporting children’s mental health in Ottawa. Healthy emotional and social development in the early years lays the foundation for good mental health, resilience, and success throughout the lifespan.
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Natasha McBrearty
Phone: (613) 523-4199
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.crossroadschildren.ca/ TwitterFacebook
 
Dementia Society

Dementia Society

Our CEO, Sheila Bauer invites you to join The Dementia Society Team! As team captain she has the opportunity to put her two passions together: running and helping people with dementia.

As a thank you for your generosity, fundraising and hard work, we would like to offer all participants the following incentives:

-raise at least $200 for us, you will receive a Dementia Society running shirt!
-raise at least $500 for us, you will receive a shirt and your Ottawa Race Weekend registration fees!

Because no one should face dementia alone.
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Contact Information

Lisa Hollingshead
Phone: (613) 523-4004 x3106
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://dementiahelp.ca/ TwitterFacebook
 
Epilepsy Ottawa

Epilepsy Ottawa

Help us create a community where people affected by epilepsy are empowered and supported to live life to the fullest, free of stigma and barriers.
There are nearly 10,000 people with epilepsy in Ottawa and the surrounding regions. It’s a diagnosis that impacts the entire family.
Epilepsy Ottawa is the only community epilepsy agency in Eastern Ontario providing support, advocacy, and education services for people with epilepsy and their families.
To support people with epilepsy, select Epilepsy Ottawa as your charity when you register for any race during Ottawa Race Weekend or join the Epilepsy Ottawa team in the 2K.
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Contact Information

Nikki Porter
Phone: (613) 594-9255
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.epilepsyottawa.ca InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Good Companions

Good Companions

We invite you to join TEAM GOOD COMPANIONS in the 2019 Ottawa Race Weekend! You can walk, run, cheer, raise funds, and most importantly - have fun! Funds raised will ensure that The Good Companions can to continue to provide programs and services to over 2300 seniors in our community.

Steps to get involved will be listed on our webpage here: http://thegoodcompanions.ca/get-involved/team-good-companions/

Our webpage will also include information about our Kick-off event with complimentary snacks, games, prizes, music and fun! Be sure to visit this page frequently for regular updates.
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Contact Information

Nicole MacLean
Phone: (613) 236-0428 x2221
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://thegoodcompanions.ca/ TwitterFacebook
 
The Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation

For over 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others. You’ll probably run into someone today who is alive and well thanks to the countless Canadians who have supported our cause with their time and donations. Our mission is to Promote health, Save lives and Enhance recovery.

Anyone registering to run for Heart and Stroke will receive a race belt (min. fundraising 50$)
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Melanie Lemiuex
Phone: (613) 727-5060 x3290
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.heartandstroke.ca/ TwitterFacebook
 
JDRF

JDRF

JDRF has a bold plan for the future of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in Canada. As better treatments unfold and the prospect of curing this disease rests on the horizon, we remain ever-committed to directing more resources to launch and sustain innovative research and clinical trials from coast-to-coast.

On May 25th and 26th,2019 come and support JDRF by running with us or by donating to research. Every little actions count. Help us turn type 1 into type none!
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Contact Information

Stefanie Rosenblatt
Phone: (514)-744-5537 x228
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.jdrf.ca
 
Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada

Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada

Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada was founded by elite marathoners Tarah and Wesley Korir. They are passionate about using their running talents to help impoverished students in Cherangany, Kenya. Our high school scholarships help these students and their families escape from the cycle of poverty. Please join our KKFC fundraising team to receive a free Kenyan Kids singlet. Raise at least $100 to receive a free copy of Tarah’s children’s book, “Grandma and Gogo” (www.kenyankidsfoundation.ca/ggbook) or the DVD “Transcend” (which follows Wesley’s life from Kenya to Boston and beyond).
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Blair McKay
Phone: (519) 699-4320
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://kenyankidsfoundation.ca/ottawa
 
OCISO - Run for a New Start

OCISO - Run for a New Start

For the 4th year running, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) is launching our “Run for a New Start” fundraiser.

We invite you to join our dedicated team of volunteers who are aiming to raise $25,000, in support of OCISO’s youth programs.

The first 100 runners or walkers who commit to raising $100 will receive our cool “Run for a New Start” Tshirt as a thank you.

Register to fundraise with us and ensure that refugee and immigrant youth feel welcomed and supported in our city.

Thank you!

NB: for more information, contact David Rain at [email protected].
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David Rain
Phone: (613) 404-1761
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.ociso.org TwitterFacebook
 
Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation

Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation

The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation's mission is to help build, strengthen and enhance community life in Ottawa by raising, managing and distributing funds to charitable organizations. Established in 2003 to focus on community philanthropic efforts, the foundation has raised $4.5 million in support of 49 charities.

In 2017 ODBF’s Community Fund was introduced to provide charities an opportunity to apply for funding throughout the year for new and existing programs or projects. Thank you for fundraising on our behalf and we wish you the best of luck on race day!
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Contact Information

Shelley Freake-Smyth
Phone: (613) 238-7711 x226
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://odbf.ca InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Ottawa Humane Society

Ottawa Humane Society

The Ottawa Humane Society provides a safe haven for animals with nowhere else to turn, helping to rescue, reunite and rehome them. Each year we care for nearly 10,000 sick, injured and homeless animals while providing leadership in animal welfare to help build compassion and brighter futures for our community. By joining Team OHS through the TORW SCC YOU can make a difference in the lives of many animals in need. We can’t wait for you to be on our team!
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Jessica Dube
Phone: (613) 725-3166 x238
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.ottawahumane.ca InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Paralympic Foundation of Canada

Paralympic Foundation of Canada

Can you imagine sitting alone in gym class while the rest of the class is having fun? Or needing costly, adapted equipment to participate in almost every sport? Can you imagine not having the support you need to excel to the highest levels in a sport you love?

Imagine… A Canada where sport is available to all.

Our goal is to ensure that the programs, equipment and people are in place to propel more Canadians with a disability all the way from their communities to the Paralympic podium.
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Julie Hawrishok
Phone: (613) 569-4333 x248
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://paralympic.ca/foundation InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Parkinson Canada

Parkinson Canada

Each day, 25 people are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in Canada. By 2031, the Parkinson's population in Canada will double.

When you run for Parkinson Canada, you help fund research, education, advocacy and support services that change the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. Join our community and make a difference in the lives of over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s today by building awareness while raising money and having fun!

You can have a direct impact in our ability to create a better life and a brighter future for Canadians living with Parkinson’s today; a world without Parkinson’s tomorrow.
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Alan Muir
Phone: 1-800-565-3000 x3427
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.parkinson.ca TwitterFacebook
 
Perley Rideau Foundation

Perley Rideau Foundation

The Perley Rideau is one of the largest long-term-care homes in Ontario, with 200 beds for community members alongside 250 beds for Veterans of WWII and the Korean War. Over 119 years the Perley Rideau has evolved continuously to meet needs. The Government of Canada provides additional funding for the care of Veterans, but donations to the Foundation improve their quality of life in direct and significant ways.

Donations fund everything from essential equipment to the therapeutic music program and art studios. With your support, the Perley Rideau continues to deliver top-quality care in a personalized and compassionate manner.
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Sara Francis
Phone: (613) 526-7173
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.perleyrideaufoundation.ca TwitterFacebook
 
Restoring Hope Ministries

Restoring Hope Ministries

Restoring Hope Ministries (RHM) is a non profit, faith based, volunteer-driven organization that fills the needs of the homeless youth in the Ottawa area.

Our mission is to provide physical, spiritual, emotional and mental supports for the complex needs of youth by providing emergency shelter, meals, supplies and also through support services. Our C.O.R.E program is helping to address the gaps in our current health care system, related to substance abuse and addiction.

Help us change lives of the our current youth and the future generations to come within our city!
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Valerie Bruyere
Phone: (613) 291-2858
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://restoringhope.ca YouTubeFacebook
 
The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest non-governmental direct providers of social services in the country.

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
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Shauna Quinn
Phone: (613) 233-8428 x221
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.salvationarmyottawa.ca YouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada

Your participation will help provide youth in communities across Canada with a chance to participate in Scouts Canada’s various programs; and will expand our ability to offer outdoor-focused, educational programming to girls and boys (aged 5-26) nationwide. Here's how your fundraising efforts will help us to develop Canadian youth, better prepared for success in the world.

$50: an opportunity for youth to embark on a weekend adventure
$200: presents a youth with a 1-year membership to Scouts Canada
$500: will purchase camp gear for a child to experience camping overnight
$1200: sends two deserving youth to camp for a week
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Ashley Ferguson
Phone: (613) 224-5134 x290
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.scouts.ca/ InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario assists people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self reliance and full community participation. Our vision is to champion excellence in service, advocacy and quality of life for people living with spinal cord injuries.

Please help us support individuals with spinal cord injuries across Ontario.

Sign up today to participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5k!
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Leandre Casselman
Phone: (416) 422-5644 x232
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://sciontario.org/ InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Heart Institute supporters, patients – past, and present – their families and friends can join Team Heart! Support the Heart Institute and learn about taking charge of your heart health by completing a Race Weekend event with guidance from our Heart Wise Exercise team – it’s a Win/Win! All team participants who raise a minimum of $30 will receive a free Team Heart T-shirt. To be eligible for your Team Heart T-shirt, all funds must be submitted by Thursday, May 2nd! Entries past May 2nd are not guaranteed a shirt.
- Remember to warm up before your run! Thank you!
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Lindsay Firestone
Phone: (613) 696-7261
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://foundation.ottawaheart.ca InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook
 
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Sign up to support YSB’s life-changing services for youth and make an impact in your community.

• Every $50 raised provides a critical hour of counselling
• Every $65 gives a hungry youth a week of hot, nutritious meals
• Every $100 lets us prepare a start-up kit for a youth leaving the shelter
• Every dollar raised helps give a young person the courage to leave an abusive relationship
• Every dollar raised helps give a young person the confidence to return to school or pursue a job
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Desiree Rapoch
Phone: (613) 729-1000 x1245
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://ysb.ca/ InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook