About the Event
This November, we invite you to join in Voices Empower: Walk to Break the Silence. This self-directed 6km walk will take place on Saturday, November 20th. We encourage you to get a team together, wear your best purple outfit, and walk to show your support for women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Every year, Women’s Crisis Services hosts an event to raise awareness and funds during Woman Abuse Prevention Month. This past year has been especially difficult for women facing domestic violence. During this time, domestic violence has escalated and rates of femicide have increased.
Every 6 days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner. By July 2021, the number of femicides in Ontario had already surpassed the total number of femicides that occurred the previous year. We must continue raising awareness and funds to prevent these tragedies from happening.
That’s why this November, we invite you to join in Voices Empower: Walk to Break The Silence. On Saturday November 20th, we are walking 6 km to honour the women we lose every 6 days to domestic violence. We encourage you to get a team together and sign up, wear your best purple outfit, and walk to show your support for women and children experiencing domestic violence.
How to Participate
Walk wherever you are! You can participate from anywhere, with anyone. All you need to do is create your fundraising page to get started. Sign up, collect pledges, wear your best purple outfit, and walk 6 kilometre to help break the silence and show support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. There’s no registration fees, or fundraising minimums — so please join us Saturday, November 20th!
Quick Facts & How YOU Can Help
Every 6 days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner.
- Walk 6 km on November 20th to honour the many women we have lost to femicide.
Purple is the official domestic violence colour.
- Wear purple to show your support for women and children experiencing domestic violence.
It costs $100 to provide one day of care to a woman and children in shelter.
- Register your team and encourage each team member to raise $100 each to support women and children living in shelter.
Fundraise on your own! Create a personal fundraising page to share your story, set a goal and encourage your supporters. Connect with other participants walking for Voices Empower: Walk to Break the Silence by using #VoicesEmpower on social media.
Recruit a team of friends and family to join you on the walk. Keep each other motivated by setting team goals for your fundraising and your fitness! Plus, enjoy a great day outside and get the whole family involved parents, kids and pets! We need YOU to help raise awareness for those experiencing domestic violence.
Rally your coworkers for a team-building experience that you can do together (while social distancing of course!) by committing to all do 6km together. Ask coworkers for support in raising awareness and funds and post about your progress with #VoicesEmpower to be featured on our website
Rewards & Contests
Early Registration Contest
Register as an Individual, or as a Team and raise $150 by November 1st for a chance to win a prize, plus you’ll received a limited edition WCSWR Knit Hat!
Top Individual Fundraiser Prize Pack
Our top individual fundraiser will win an Apple Watch SE and a 12-week Nutrition Program, provided by our community supporters.
Top Team Fundraiser Prize Pack
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I participate in Voices Empower: Walk to Break the Silence?
To participate in Voices Empower: Walk to Break the Silence, all you need to do to get started is register online. You can review further instructions in the Registration section below on how to do this. Your first step is to decide how you will be participating: on your own, as the captain of a team, or with your organization.
Important dates to remember:
- Register and raise $150 by November 1st for a chance to win a prize, plus you’ll received a limited edition WCSWR Knit Hat!
- Walk to Break the Silence: November 20, 2021
1. How do I register for Voices Empower? What happens next?
It’s easy to register online today:
- Click ‘Register Now’ at the top of the page. You’ll be directed to our Canada Helps Event page.
- Choose to ‘Join a Team’, ‘ Create a Team’, or ‘Join as an Individual’
- Complete the registration form to access your personal fundraising page and/or team fundraising page
Our Canada Helps Event page is designed to enable you to have fundraising page for each family member to fundraise from their own networks, joined together as a ‘Team’. However, some families prefer to fundraise together and share one family page.
If you are participating with coworkers, we recommend choosing the ‘Team’ option when you join so that everyone involved in your initiative is able to manage their own personal fundraising page.
2. How do I join a team that already exists?
To join a team that is already registered, you will need to know the Team Name or the Team Captain’s Name to find them. From there, it’s simple:
- Click ‘Join a Team’ on the Homepage
- Or, search the Team Name or Team Captain’s Name on the Homepage
- Click the ‘Join this team’ button next to the correct search result
- Complete the registration form to access your personal fundraising page.
3. Is there a registration fee
There is no registration fee, or fundraising minimums to register for Voices Empower: Walk to Break the Silence. All participants are encouraged to create a personal fundraising goal and donate online via your personal fundraising page.
1. How do I fundraise? Is there a fundraising minimum?
Fundraising for Voices Empower: Walk to Break the Silence can be done from anywhere! There is no fundraising minimum required to participate. We are grateful for all your fundraising efforts and encourage you to share results throughout your experience.
2. What will you do with the funds that I raise?
All proceeds raised through Voices Empower: Walk to Break the Silence will support the women and children served at Women’s Crisis Services.
1. How do I make an online donation?
There are a couple of different ways you can donate. Participants are encouraged to create a personal fundraising page, and email that link to family and friends. This link will take you to the sender’s fundraising page. When you click on that link, you should be redirected to their page where you see a Donate button. Click ‘Donate Now’ and complete the form to make your donation.
You may also see a post on social media and the process is the same. Click on the link that’s included in the post, which should take you to the event or personal fundraising page. Click ‘Donate Now’, and complete the form to make your donation.
You can also visit our event webpage and click ‘Make a Donation’ at the top of the homepage. From there you can search for the person or team you wish to donate to you.
2. When will I receive my tax receipt?
All online donors will receive an official tax receipt to the email address provided when completing their donation. If you have trouble finding your tax receipt, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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