You’re invited to “make waves for animals” and join the fun for the first Oahu SPCA “Surf & Rescue” virtual fundraiser and event! Surf, paddle, swim, board or otherwise get after it to save animals. With 6.5 MILLION animals entering animal shelters each year, we challenge you to log 12,000 steps per day or collectively, 6.5 MILLION steps by the end of the event time frame (or the equivalent: 2 hours of surfing = 12,000 steps, 6.5 Million steps =1083 hours of surfing).
Every stroke, wave, or step you take will support Oahu SPCA’s mission that every healthy, treatable animal will find a forever home. Unlike traditional activity fundraising events or races, this virtual event uses technology so that participants can choose when, where and how to get active. Not in Hawaii, no problem! Mainland or international participants welcome. So, sign up and get out into nature, whether on the beach, in the water or wherever you may be! Special prizes will be awarded to the top achievers, so be sure to put your all into.
What: Make waves for animals with the Oahu SPCA’s Surf & Rescue Virtual Event
When: May 1st- May 31 / Sign up anytime between April 25th - May 5th
How: Participants will record activity, workouts, surf sessions, etc. And collect donations through a personalized web landing page
Who: Anyone can participate, even dogs!! Kids, be sure to get your parent’s permission!
Participants can sign up individually or as a team.
Goals: Individuals: 12,000 steps per day or the equivalent: 2 hours of surfing, etc. and $150 raised. Collective: 6.5 million steps or the equivalent:
1083 hours of surfing, etc. and $80,000 raised.
Why: To reach the community in a fun way to spread awareness of the Oahu SPCA, pet adoption and rescue and the importance of practicing kindness to animals. Donations raised will fund lifesaving rescues, shelter animal care, developing and expanding programs and services.
“Surf & Rescue” couldn’t be easier! Just follow these simple steps.
STEP 1: REGISTER and set up your account anytime between now and May 31. Once you register, you will have your own web page that will track you or your team’s combined activity and funds you raise.
Registration: $25/participant (proceeds go toward your overall fundraising goal) and includes access to your own Oahu SPCA "Surf & Rescue" fundraising site.
With a $45 registration, participants also receive a "Surf & Rescue" 2024 limited edition t-shirt
With a $65 registration, participants also receive a "Surf & Rescue" 2024 limited edition t-shirt, vinyl sticker and collectible enamel pin
STEP 2: RECRUIT friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and more to help you meet your fundraising goal while you get out and "make waves for animals"! Compete for special prizes too!
STEP 3: SET UP YOUR DEVICE AND GET ACTIVE! Set up your fitness device using the How It Works instructions or download our Charity Footprints Apple or Android app. Track your surf or other activity via the app or by manually entering it on your unique page during the competition, kicking off on May 1stand concluding on May 31st. Then on June 1st, the winners of the Most Active "Surfer, "Surfer" With Most Aloha and Most Photogenic "Surfer" will be announced, along with the total amount raised!
Great prizes up for grabs! Gift certificates and goodies from our friends at Wai Kai, Hana Koa Brewing and Raising Cane's. Plus world class surfer signed gear, puppy parties and more! Check back for more info on awards and prizes, more details coming soon.
You can participate in this challenge by doing pretty much anything that elevates your heart rate. This includes walking, running, cycling or any of your favorite fitness activities! Just make sure to log it! For activities that cannot be measured in steps or miles, please refer to the PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART below.

For more information on tracking your distance or setting up tracking devices please refer to the ‘How It Works’ and ‘FAQ's’ sections below.
COMPLETED: 9,086,663 steps
TARGET: 6,500,000 steps
RAISED: $ 9,562
TARGET: $ 80,000
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
The Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in April 2009, based on a no-kill philosophy, with the mission that “Every healthy treatable animal will find a forever home”.

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When you register and fundraise for Oahu SPCA's Surf & Rescue 2024, you’re supporting the homeless, neglected and abandoned animals that the Oahu SPCA cares for every day, whose mission is that "every healthy treatable animal finds a forever home". Surf & Rescue 2024 is your chance to get out there and demonstrate your belief in that mission.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.