Event Day
Maps + Routes
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Can my kids participate without me?

No. All kids aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is walking with them and stays with them at all times (including helping them register and handing in their waiver form).

The routes are family-friendly, but not intended for children walking alone.

Important Reminder: All youth under 18 must have a waiver signed by their legal guardian.

Do I sign a waiver form?

Kids + Youth: All walkers aged 17 or under must submit a paper waiver signed by their parent or guardian in order to participate.

Last-minute signups: All walkers who signed up late (ie. on event day) are required to sign a paper waiver.

Adults: Walkers aged 18+ who have registered online by Friday night are not required to sign a paper waiver.

Where does The Grand Parade begin?

To find your TGP start location, choose the city you are walking in from the Locations page. Everything you need is on your location page, including start/finish location, address, map, contact numbers, emails, route descriptions, and most other location-specific details.

Where do I get a pledge form?

A pledge form is sent to you via email automatically when you register for TGP. Additional pledge forms may be downloaded from the Tools page.

What are processing fees?

When a donor gives online, we provide them with an opportunity to opt-in and cover the 4.25% processing fees we pay to process each credit card donation. It's totally voluntary, and helps The Grand Parade reduce its operating costs for the event:

  • 1.75% Fundhub cost
  • 2.25% + $0.10 per Credit card gateway transaction
  • Total: Approximately 4.25%

This extra amount is added to your overall donation total. For example, a donor gives $100 and covers the 4.25% processing fee - the tax receipt issued is for $104.25.

TGP is over, but I don't see the cash/cheques I handed in on Event Day reflected on my fundraising page yet. Why?

In the weeks following event day, we immediately go to work processing all the bundles of registration and pledge forms that come in. Verifying all those pledges takes us time - you should see your donation totals updated by early July.

Do all donors get a charitable receipt?

Online donations: All donations of $20 or more with a valid address and email will receive a charitable receipt within minutes of their donation.

Cash or cheque pledges with email addresses: All donations $20 or more with a valid address and email will be receipted via email after the event.

Cash or cheque pledges without email: Cash or cheque donations of $20 or more will be receipted with a valid legible donor name and mailing address by post after the event.

Can I bring my pet to The Grand Parade?

Pets are not permitted at The Grand Parade, except for approved and trained service animals.

We love pets of course, and believe you when you say your pet is super-well-behaved. But, we can’t (and won’t) run the risk of any walker (particularly children who are often at eye level), being bitten or tripped, or your pet being kicked or provoked. So leave your adorable pet at home.

How do I earn a TGP event shirt?

Simple - by fundraising $150 or more (adults 18+) or $75 or more (youth 17 and under). In fact, it's a win-win situation: when you fundraise those minimum amounts to get your TGP shirt, your charity appreciates all that amazing fundraising you did.

I'm looking for my donation on my credit card statement, but can't find it. Help!

If you donate or pay by credit card or Paypal, our charity's legal name, Blue Sea Foundation, will appear on your statement.

I see a charge from Blue Sea on my credit card statement - is that you?

Yes it is! If you donate or pay by credit card/Paypal, our charity's legal name will appear on your statement - Blue Sea Foundation - a registered Canadian Foundation.

My team gathered all of our pledges as a group. How do I add these to our fundraising total/hand these in on Event Day?

Great work! Here's the tricky part: TGP can't assign cash/cheque pledges to a team, we can just assign them to a participant. So, you've got 2 options:

  • Option 1: Divide pledges up between team members in advance of Event Day, so each participant will hand in their own money and pledge sheet. (This is the best option, because it will also count toward your fundraising minimums so you can all earn your shirts!)
  • Option 2: Enter all money you gathered as donations under the Captain's personal account. This is much simpler, but it can mean that all the other team members won't earn their TGP shirts if they don't meet their fundraising minimums.

How long are the routes?

Walkers can select to walk either 2.5 km or 5 km. Most location offer a single 2.5 km route you navigate once or twice if walking the longer distance.

How long does it take to walk?

Depending on your fitness, the weather, congestion, and terrain, most walkers clip along at between 4-5 km/hour. That means...

  • 2.5 km should take 30-45 minutes
  • 5 km should take you 60-90 minutes

Can I run the route instead of walking?

No - The Grand Parade is a walking event. While you can certainly walk at a fast clip, the pace of the event participants is not conducive to running. It's a parade after all! Also, our insurance coverage does not allow for running.

Are there rest stations along the route?

Yes there are! Walkers will find a rest stop halfway through either their 2.5 km or 5 km route. There will be water, snacks, and a high-five or two to celebrate and cheer you on!

Can people on my team walk different distances?

Yes - everyone who joins a team selects their own 2.5 km or 5 km distance during registration. So, you may certainly have people walking multiple distances on the same team. You'll all start together but end a little bit later the farther you walk.

Who do cheques get made out to?

Please make cheques payable to The Grand Parade, with the name of the walker or team you are supporting on the memo line.

Please bring cheques, pledge forms and any cash you collect to registration on event Day. If you collect donations after event Day, please mail to us and include your pledge form:

Blue Sea Foundation

attn: The Grand Parade

Unit 260-659 King Street East

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

N2G 2M4

Where can I find a route map?

Choose the Location you'll be walking from the Locations page - if your location's route map has been finalized, it will be there. (If not, be patient, it'll be there soon.)

When does The Grand Parade begin?

Registration opens at 9:00 am, opening ceremonies are at 10:00 am, and we begin walking after the opening ceremonies are complete.

When do donors get receipted?

Online donors who give securely with their credit cards get e-receipts within minutes of their donations.

Cash + Cheque Donors are receipted within 100 days of the event by email or post, provided their donation is $20 or over, and we have received a full legible mailing address for their donation.

When do I check-in?

Check-in for all walkers opens at 9:00 am and closes at 10:30 am.

What should I wear?

Watch the weather prior to the event. Layers of clothing are always good, since you will certainly warm up during a long walk. Footwear is also really important - if there is rain, you need to have waterproof boots or shoes. You may want to bring along an umbrella, just in case.

What if I receive a cheque that's made out to me and not to The Grand Parade?

If you receive cash or cheques made payable to YOU, please login to your Fundhub, click Fundraising, then Enter $$ or Cheques, and enter the donor information there. You then have one of two choices:

  • Option 1: Pay the donations online with your credit card and keep the cash/personal cheques. By doing so, you deem your donations "complete" and nothing else needs to be done or sent to us.
  • Option 2: Bank the cash and personal cheques. Write a personal cheque to The Grand Parade for the amount you received in cash/cheques. Bring this along with your completed pledge form on event day.

What does the waiver form mean?

The waiver form means you understand the risk of walking in the event. You understand that in the event of injury you release the event, the volunteers and the operators and charity partners of the event from any liability. Should your picture be taken on event day, you release TGP to appropriately use your likeness in any future publications related to the event.

What does a Team Captain do?

Team Captains are the backbone of our event:

  • They create their team online
  • They recruit other friends and family to walk on their team
  • They lead, model, and encourage their teammates in their fundraising efforts
  • They're the first line of communication if a walker has questions or needs help

On event day, Team Captains rally their team together, congratulate them on a job well done, and walk with those who need a pal. Team Captains recruit and cheerlead their team to raise funds for their charity.

What do I do with money that comes in after the event?

All post-event cheques can be mailed directly (with your completed pledge form) to:

Blue Sea Foundation

attn: The Grand Parade

260-659 King St. East

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

N2G 2M4

What do I bring with me on event day?

1. Print the waiver form, sign it (or have your parent/guardian sign it if you are 17 and under) and have it ready to hand it. Waiver forms are available in tools.

2. Gather your cash and cheques together, and be sure the amount of cash/cheques you have matches what you recorded on your pledge form.

3. Review your cheque donations to ensure they are:

  • Payable to The Grand Parade
  • Current-dated (or earlier)
  • Signed, of course :)

5. Indicate any donation that remains uncollected on your pledge form by highlighting and noting it on your form.

6. Go to your event location and hand in your cash, cheques, and pledge form, and then get walking! (You might want to put it all in a ziploc bag so nothing gets lost.)

What about bad weather?

TGP officials will monitor temperatures during the week leading up to the walk. If the temperature becomes extremely hot, there are threatening thunderstorms, or any other sort of dangerous weather, we may shorten or suspend the event to safeguard their well-being.

Oops... I accidentally donated to a team instead of an individual participant (or gave to the wrong participant). Can you move my donation?

Email or call us and we'll take care of it for you:

  • Tel: 1.877.743.3413

We'll need to know:

  • Your name
  • The amount of the donation
  • Who you gave to originally (participant or team name)
  • Who you would like the donation moved to

Is this a fundraiser?

Absolutely! The purpose of The Grand Parade is to raise funds for our partner charities. Walkers work hard to raise funds from friends, families, and co-workers to support the charity they are walking for.

Is there a limit to how many people can join a team?

No way! You can have as many people join your team as you'd like - there is no limit.

Is there a deadline for registering online?

No - you can register online at any time leading up to event day. But, we recommend you register early so that you can use the weeks before event day to raise lots of funds for your TGP charity!

Is my information secure?

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

I've lost my password/username/email - how can I retrieve it?

Open up the login box at the top of the page - there's a Forgot Password link there that will take you to a page where you can reset your password or username. (We've also got a team of friendly customer service people you can contact for help.)

I'm trying to give a donation from a country outside of North America, and the system is requiring a postal code (which my country does not use). How can I proceed?

Simply add in five zeroes (00000) as the postal code, and the donation page should allow you to continue. If you're still having trouble, contact us and we'll be happy to help you out.

I'd like to pay my cash donations by personal cheque or credit card. Can I do this?

Definitely! Once you've recorded your cash donations online, you can pay them through your Fundhub using your personal credit card or Paypal to avoid lugging an envelope of cash around:

  • Sign into your Fundhub and click on Fundraising
  • Click Enter $$ or Cheques and scroll down to your list of pledges
  • Click the 'pay' button next to the pledge you'd like to pay by credit card - this will take you to a payment page to complete the payment

If you'd like to pay with a personal cheque, be sure to enter your cash pledges online and then total your cash donations. Make cheques payable to The Grand Parade. Bring this with you on event day with your completed list of pledges, and you're all set.

I received a notification email that someone donated to me. How do I thank them?

Firstly, don't hit "reply" to that notification email - that just goes to us (and we might giggle at you).

Secondly, to thank your donors:

  • Click on Fundraising on the left menu
  • Click on Thank Donors on the left menu
  • Follow the instructions there to send them a quick thank you note. It's good etiquette (your Grandmother would be proud!) and a great way to connect with your donors on a personal level.

I need to cancel my registration as a participant in TGP - how do I do that?

Email us at info@thegrandparade.org and we'll take care of it for you.

Note: If you have collected cash or cheque pledges, please ensure that all donor names and addresses are carefully posted online in your FundHub.

Don't send cash in the mail. Pay for cash with a personal cheque from you (or pay by credit online). Send all cheques with your pledge sheet (if applicable) to:

Blue Sea Foundation

attn: The Grand Parade

260-659 King St. East,

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

N2G 2M4

I am planning to attend The Grand Parade with my family. Do we all need to register?

The short answer is yes. It helps us better prepare for how many participants to expect on Event Day.

Create a separate registration profile for each family member. You could use the same email address for all of them, or even post all donations under one family member's name for efficiency's sake, but each person should have their own profile.

How much do people fundraise usually?

Most adults raise about $250, while kids raise around $100 or so. This is why we've set the fundraising minimums at $150 for adults and $75 for youth.

Those minimums are totally beatable, you can do it! We see lots of people raise much more. It depends on your network, age, and willingness to ask.

How do I register for The Grand Parade?

If you want to start or join a team (or walk by yourself), you can register online by clicking the Register button on the homepage. The registration process will take you about 5 minutes, so you can do it while the coffee's perking.

Important: When setting up your username, please do not use spaces.

How do I raise money?

Once you register online, you can use your online FundHub to email your friends and family a link to your personal fundraising page. There, they can give to you securely online by credit card or PayPal. Alternately, you can download a pledge form, print it out and ask people for support face-to-face.

How do I post pledges of cash or cheques?

Add these pledges online on your personal FundHub page:

  • Log in and view the Fundraising tab at left
  • Click Enter $$ or Cheques, and add each pledge one by one
  • Carefully type in the details of your donors' gifts or pledges, including their email address
  • Note: No donor is ever contacted or solicited by TGP after the event. The only emails they'll receive are donation confirmations, receipts, and responses to any questions they personally send to us.

How do I change the captain of my team?

This is a change that must be made at the TGP Headquarters - if you'd like to switch your team captain, please email us at info@thegrandparade.org. When you do, tell us your team name and who you'd like your new captain to be - we'll fix it for you.

How do I change my walking distance?

You can change your walking distance by:

  • Clicking the Profile tab at left
  • Clicking the Edit Survey Questions tab at left
  • You can edit your distance selection on this page and hit the submit button to save.

How do I change my team name?

This can only be performed by the participant who started the team (the Team Captain):

  • On the left, click the Team tab
  • On the left, click Edit Team Info
  • Be sure to click Save when you're finished!

How do I change my fundraising goal?

To edit your personal goal:

  • Log in to your FundHub using the username and password you created during registration
  • In the left menu, click Fundraising. You'll see a button next to "Your Goal" that says "Click to change goal"
  • You guessed it: clicking that button and entering a new number will change your goal

To edit your team's goal (Team Captains only):

  • Log in to your FundHub using the username and password you created during registration
  • In the left menu, click Team
  • In the new left menu that pops out under Team, click Edit Team Info. As above, you'll see a button that says "Click to change goal"
  • Change that goal number, hit "Save", and you're done!

Do I have to walk with my team?

You don't have to! But normally, teams begin walking in TGP together and spread out once they get moving. Everyone walks at their own pace!

Can you move me to a different team (or remove me from a team so that I can start a new one)?

Yes - this is a change that we need to make at TGP Headquarters. Contact us, and we'll either:

  • a) Remove you from the team, so that you can start or join a new one by yourself, or
  • b) Move you to a new team (if you know which one you'd like to join).

Can I share or split my donated dollars with other members of my team who haven’t met their minimum yet?

If you'd like to transfer one or more of your donations from your account to your teammate's, email us at info@thegrandparade.org with:

  • The donor's name
  • Donation amount
  • Name of the teammate you'd like us to move the donation to

Note: We cannot split individual donations (e.g. dividing a single $50 donation amongst two different walkers).

Don't see your question here?

Ask us! Visit the contact page to get in touch with our friendly customer-service team.

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