The 2021 Virtual Betty’s Walk is taking place over the weekend of June 5th and 6th, 2021 with funds raised going to support seniors living in not-for-profit, long-term care homes in Ottawa. Join us as we carry on the tradition of Betty’s Walk by inviting individuals, teams, friends, and families to participate. What a great way to spend a weekend!
Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th, 2021
Anywhere you like! The event is virtual.
Walk virtually with us on June 5th and 6th walk at your own pace and choose your own distance, anytime over the event weekend.
The entry fee is $10 per participant and includes a swag bag.
On June 5th and 6th, join us in taking strides for care at the 2021 Virtual Betty’s Walk. Because we are virtual this year, there are no set courses. Each participant or team can choose to walk whatever distance they like. We do, however, encourage you or your team to set distance goals such as a 2K, 5K, or 8K walk. You are welcome to complete your walk anytime over the event weekend though we suggest you walk between 9 am and 9 pm.
For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, walkers must comply with all current Ottawa Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing, gathering in groups, and wearing a mask.
Betty Hope-Gittens and Dan Saikaley, our lead ‘WalkStars’, will be safely walking throughout the community. Follow along on our Betty’s Walk Facebook event page for the announcement of other important ‘WalkStars’ and for photos of participants as they journey on their way to support seniors living in not-for-profit, long-term care homes in Ottawa. Don’t forget to tag us in your photos @bettyswalk and #bettyswalk.
You can register as an individual or team until May 21st, 2021. The participant registration fee for all individuals is $10 per person and includes a swag bag. Thank you for your interest in Betty’s Walk.
Know before you go (Walk)
The participant registration fee for all individuals is $10 per person. This fee includes a fun swag bag.
No, you are welcome to walk wherever works best for you. Be it around your neighbourhood, at a community park, along a scenic trail – it all counts. You may want to consider setting walking goals such as 2K, 5K, 8K, or more!
You may start your walk at anytime over the event weekend, though we suggest you walk between 9 am and 9 pm. Walk at your own pace and be sure to enjoy yourself along the way.
Of course! This is a very friends and family-friendly event. For everyone’s safety, walkers must follow all current Ottawa Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing, gathering in groups, and wearing a mask.
Yes, we welcome the coming together of the community to raise funds for seniors living in not-for-profit, long-term care homes in Ottawa but for everyone’s safety, walkers must follow all current Ottawa Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing, gathering in groups and, wearing a mask.
You can pick-up your swag bag/walk kit starting on May 31st. Timing and location details to follow. It will contain your t-shirt, important information, and other goodies. Please remember to wear your mask when picking up your walk kit.
Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances. Transferring your registration to another individual or team is not permitted. Participants understand and agree that the organizers have the right to cancel the event for emergency purposes such as extreme weather, or threat of injury to person or property.
In the unfortunate event of a lockdown, the Betty’s Walk organizers will communicate to all participants in a timely fashion as to next steps.
Yes, you can. Go to our event fundraising page here and search for the participant’s name. You will be directed to their fundraising page.
Yes you are welcome to set your own fundraising goals.
Yes, you can. We strongly encourage you to share your page and fundraising goals with as many people as possible. It’s easy to do. Simply click on the social media or email icons on your participant page to share. Your unique fundraising page link will be automatically added to your message.
DAY OF BETTY’S WALK
No, there is no need to check in with us. However, we encourage you to follow us on our event Facebook page and don’t forget to tag us in your photos and videos – @bettyswalk and #bettyswalk
You should bring your walk kit, comfortable shoes, a water bottle, and weather gear such as sunglasses, sunscreen, umbrella, raincoat, etc. And for everyone’s safety, don’t forget to wear your mask as per Ottawa Public Health
Of course! Animals are welcome to join you on your walk wherever permitted by the City of Ottawa.
The 2021 Virtual Betty’s Walk will take place on June 5th and 6th, rain or shine! Remember that you are welcome to complete your walk anytime over the event weekend.
We would love to see your photos and videos. Simply tag us @bettyswalk and #bettyswalk and follow along on our event Facebook page.
SUPPORTING BETTY’S WALK
You can support Betty’s Walk by volunteering or by donating to the cause here and asking your friends and family to do the same.
All donations and registration fees will go towards The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa. Visit here for more details.
A tax receipt will be automatically issued. The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is a registered charity (83447 7184 RR0001).
In 2019 our friend, ardent supporter, board member (for over 12 years!), and now Honourary Chair, Betty Hope-Gittens completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This trail begins in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and travels through the North of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. In doing so, she walked 800 kilometers, in 36 days, and raised over $200,000.00 in donations for the Eldercare Foundation. As a result of her efforts, each of the 13 not-for-profit, long-term care homes in Ottawa were gifted significant funds to spend on projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life of seniors who lived there.
Click Here to check-out pictures from Betty’s Walk of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.
Honourary Chair, Betty Hope-Gittens has been a friend, impassioned supporter, and impactful board member of the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa for over 12 years. She has worked with the foundation’s founder, Adam Nihmey, to build the organization and ensure its vitality. Betty is a tireless volunteer who spreads her unbridled optimism everywhere she goes. #80YearsYoung
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