The 9th Annual Walk-n-Wag is set to be UNLEASHED on August 15th, and runs until September 15th. We are also planning to hold our beloved morning dog walk by the river on Saturday, September 25th, with pet-themed vendor village and fun activities at Minto Brown Island Park in Salem. Join our poster dog, Lexie, and encourage all your pet- and people-loving friends to get active for hospice this summer. You can walk, run, paddle, or earn “footsteps” through positive actions that support the well-being of people and animals in your neighborhood.
Set a personal goal, and track your steps using your own fitness device or the Charity Footprints App. Set up a personal fundraising page to invite friends and family to give. Add to the fun by forming a team and challenging others to some friendly competition. Watch our progress and see your ranking on the live virtual map, and share your experiences with others through uploading photos to the online Scrapbook. Win rewards and prizes* throughout the online race through lively contests. Declare your personal goal to achieve between August 15th - September 15th. Registration is $10 with the option to order a t-shirt or sweatshirt at additional cost, until the August 25th deadline. Registration includes access to the live Walk-n-Wag event on September 25th, including one dog bandana, a participant goodie bag, and a free door prize ticket. Additional bandanas and door prize tickets will be available for purchase at the park as long as supplies last.
We encourage you to use this race to help pets and people in your community along with being active for your own health.
• Average Daily Steps Goal (2,000 is CDC recommended minimum; 10,000 is AHA recommendation)
• 10K=12,400 steps
• ½ marathon=26,000 steps=13 miles
• Marathon= 52,000 steps=26 miles
Help us spread the word to friends and family throughout the country and globe (we’re unleashed, remember?). All individuals who raise at least $100 over and above the registration & shirt fees will receive a custom button pin, and recognition on the Willamette Valley Hospice website.
Raise over $300, receive a personzalized fleece blanket, and website recognition.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in these categories:
Team Combined funds & miles
*Willamette Valley Hospice staff are not eligible to win contest prizes or raffle drawings; however they may earn premiums offered for meeting peer-to-peer fundraising goals.
Funds raised will help hospice patients care for their pets through Willamette Valley Hospice’s Pet Peace of Mind® program. And again this year, Walk-n-Wag is lending a paw to WVH’s bereavement programs to support people of all ages in our community who are grieving loved ones.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.
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.
How do I change or switch my team?
If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.