Bark For Life


Question about Bark For Life in Blueprint 2014 or the Canadian Cancer Society and its policies? Consult the list of frequently asked questions below.

What is the Canadian Cancer Society Bark For Life?
The Canadian Cancer Society Bark For Life is a 3 hour fundraising walk for dogs and their owners to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against the disease. More than just a walk, Bark For Life is an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships.

What is the Canadian Cancer Society?
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers and staff whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever.

When and where is Bark For Life?
Bark For Life is held throughout the year, depending on where you live in Manitoba. Please check local pages for dates, times and locations.

How do I register for Bark For Life?
You can register a team (e.g., a group from a veterinarian clinic) or as an individual online here.

How much does it cost to participate and what does the registration fee cover?
The registration fee is $10 per dog. Each registered dog will receive one doggy bandana after raising $150. (we have large and small bandanas). The registration fee helps to cover the cost of this event. This fee ensures the money you raise for Bark For Life goes directly to the Society's mission of eradicating cancer and enhancing the quality of life of people living with the disease.

Do I get a tax receipt for paying my registration fee?
No. The registration fee is not a donation. The registration fee helps cover the costs of the event.

How many dogs am I allowed to bring?
Each participant of at least 16 years of age is permitted a maximum of one dog at Bark For Life. If you have more dogs that you would like to bring, you will need to get a friend or family member to register your additional dogs; that friend or family member must also participate at the event.

Can I bring my pet to the event?
Only dogs are allowed at Bark For Life. All other pets are not allowed onsite.

What if it rains/snows/hails during the event?
Bark For Life takes place rain or shine. Please check your local weather station the day of your event and bring the appropriate protective clothing for you and your dog.

Where does the money I raise go?
All proceeds go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, your best partner in the fight against all cancers. The Society uses these donations to fund the most innovative and impactful cancer research in the country, support programs for people living with cancer, and prevention initiatives to stop cancer before it starts.

How much money do I need to raise?
Every donation, regardless of the size, will make a difference in the fight for life; however, we ask that you set a minimum fundraising goal of $100. But we encourage you to raise more if you can because the more you raise, the more progress we can make in the fight against all cancers.

How do I volunteer at Bark For Life?
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at each event location, from participating in organizing committees, to setting up the site location to serving food at the event.

Register to volunteer at Bark For Life.

Is online giving safe?
Give with confidence. The Canadian Cancer Society donation system is secure. When you donate online to the Canadian Cancer Society feel confident that your information is completely secure. We use the highest levels of Internet security and encryption to protect your credit card and personal information. Look for the "https" in your browser URL and the padlock symbol in your browser window.

I donated online. Do I get a tax receipt?
Yes, tax receipts for donations of $10 or more will be emailed to you once your credit card transaction has been completed.

I made an online donation and cannot open my tax receipt. Why is this?
In order to open the attached tax receipt you must have Adobe Reader. To download Adobe Reader for free, please go tohttp://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Why wasn't my credit card accepted?
There are several reasons a credit card might not be accepted. You might want to check that you have typed in the number correctly, that the expiry date is correct and that the name you've typed in appears exactly as it does on the card. If you would like further information, please contact your local Canadian Cancer Society office.

I know someone who doesn't have access to donate online. Is there another way to donate?
Yes. Download and print the donation form from your Participant Centre to keep track of all cash and cheque donations. Tax receipts will be mailed to those who donated $20 or more.

What do I do with the cash and/or cheques I have collected?
If you are collecting cash and/or cheque donations, you can do one of the following:

  • Record your cash and/or cheque donations using your Participant Centre. Simply log into your Participant Centre and click the "Enter a personal donation" button. Your fundraising thermometer will increase; however, no electronic receipt will be sent out for these types of donations and you must still submit your donations to your local Canadian Cancer Society unit office or at the event.
  • If you are on a team, give these donations to your team captain who will be collecting all off-line donations from his/her team members and then submitting them to the local Canadian Cancer Society unit office.
  • Drop them off at the local Canadian Cancer Society unit office managing your event.
  • Submit them at the event.

Please note: Cash and/or cheque donations cannot be processed online as they require tax receipts that can only be issued by the Canadian Cancer Society. Please submit all cash and/or cheque donations by one of the previously mentioned methods.

I lost my tax receipt, what do I do?
Please contact our team at barkforlifewpg@mb.cancer.ca if you have lost your tax receipt.

Why is there no smoking at Canadian Cancer Society events?
Smoking is strictly prohibited at all Canadian Cancer Society events. Tobacco use causes about 45,000 deaths in Canada each year. The Canadian Cancer Society wants to set a positive example in the area of tobacco control by prohibiting the use of tobacco at events. Smokers are welcome to participate but they are asked to respect the smoke-free environment. For more information about tobacco and cancer, please visit cancer.ca.

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