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Join Us for the 2021 Virtual Betty’s Walk

June 5th & 6th, 2021

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!

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Date

Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Where

Anywhere you like! The event is virtual.

Details

Walk virtually with us on June 5th and 6th walk at your own pace and choose your own distance, anytime over the event weekend.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is $10 per participant and includes a swag bag.

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Event Details

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Know before you go (Walk)

What are the registration fees?

The participant registration fee for all individuals is $10 per person. This fee includes a fun swag bag.

Are there set courses I should be following?

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!

Are there specific start times?

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.

Can I walk with friends or family?

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.

Can I put together a team of walkers?

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.

Where and when will my swag bag/walk kit be available for pick-up?

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.

Can I cancel or transfer my registration to Betty’s Walk?

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.

What happens if we are in lockdown during the event weekend?

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.

EVENT FUNDRAISING

Can I donate to a specific participant?

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.

Can I set my own fundraising goal, even if I am part of a team?

Yes you are welcome to set your own fundraising goals.

Can I share my fundraising page with family, friends, and co-workers?

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

Do I need to check in?

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

What should I bring to Betty’s Walk?

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

Can I bring my dog to Betty’s Walk?

Of course! Animals are welcome to join you on your walk wherever permitted by the City of Ottawa.

Will the walk take place rain or shine?

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.

Can I share my event photos and videos with you?

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

How can I support 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.

Where does my donation to Betty’s Walk go?

All donations and registration fees will go towards The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa. Visit here for more details.

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

A tax receipt will be automatically issued. The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is a registered charity (83447 7184 RR0001).

Can I donate by cheque?
Yes. Please make your cheque payable to the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa and mail it to 2061 Delmar Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 5P6. Include a memo indicating your donation is for Betty’s Walk. You will receive a tax receipt by mail.

Event History

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.

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About Betty Hope-Gittens

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

Sponsors

LTC Sponsor

Walk Swag Bag Sponsor

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About Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa

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The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is a registered charity designed to enhance the lives of Ottawa seniors living in not-for-profit, long-term care homes. It was founded in 2008, by Adam Nihmey, following his experience while visiting his grandparents who were in care. Wanting to make a difference, he began to work and fundraise in support of Ottawa seniors’ quality of life. Since then, the foundation has played an important role in providing funding that promotes positive well-being and social engagement to seniors residing in not-for-profit, long-term care homes in the city.