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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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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Contact Information

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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Contact Information

Juliana Rodger
Phone: (613) 725-3494 x108
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.causewayfoundation.org 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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Contact Information

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
 
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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Contact Information

Melanie Lemiuex
Phone: (613) 727-5060 x3290
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.heartandstroke.ca/ TwitterFacebook
 
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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Contact Information

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
 
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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Contact Information

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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Contact Information

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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Contact Information

Sara Francis
Phone: (613) 526-7173
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.perleyrideaufoundation.ca TwitterFacebook
 
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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Contact Information

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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Contact Information

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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Contact Information

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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Contact Information

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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Contact Information

Desiree Rapoch
Phone: (613) 729-1000 x1245
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://ysb.ca/ InstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebook