Pets are not permitted at CNOY. We love pets and believe you when you say your pet is super-well-behaved - but, we can’t (and won’t) run the risk of any walker being bit, nipped or tripped, or your pet being kicked, poked or provoked so please, leave your pet at home. (However, we do allow those with approved and trained service animals to attend.)
You can print your My Results Form by:
A pledge form is sent to you via email automatically when you register for CNOY. But if you can't find that email, additional pledge forms may be downloaded from the Tools page.
If you want to start or join a team (or walk by yourself), you can register online by clicking the Register button on the top menu, next to the logo. The registration process will take you about 5 minutes, so you can do it while the coffee's perking. Note: When setting up your username, please do not use spaces.
Add these pledges online on your FundHub page - log in, click "Fundraising" tab at left, click "Enter $$ or Cheques" and add each pledge one by one. Carefully type in the details of your donors' gifts or pledges (including their email address if you have it).
Note: No donor is ever contacted or solicited by CNOY, other than during the acknowledgement of their online donation, or when we mail them their receipt after the event.
Please make cheques payable to Coldest Night of the Year and write the name of the walker or team you are supporting on the memo line.
Please bring cheques, pledge forms and any cash you collect to registration on CNOY Day.
If you collect donations after CNOY Day, please mail to us and include your pledge form or "My Results" form.
Definitely! Once you've recorded your cash donations online, you can pay them through our website with your personal credit card to avoid lugging an envelope of cash around.
If you'd like to pay with personal cheque, be sure to enter your cash pledges online and then total your cash donations. Write out your cheque to "Coldest Night of the Year". Bring this with you on CNOY Day with your completed list of pledges, and you're all set.
Online donations of $20 or more with a valid email will receive a charitable receipt within minutes of your donation.
Cash or cheque donations of $20 or more with a valid email will be receipted via email after the event.
Cash or cheque donations of $20 or more will be receipted with a valid mailing address by post after the event.
Yes! If you donate or pay your registration fee by credit card/Paypal, our charity's legal name will appear on your statement - Blue Sea Philanthropy, a registered Canadian Foundation.
Team Captains are the backbone of CNOY. Team Captains create their team online, recruit other people to walk on their team, encourage them in their fundraising efforts, and are the first line of communication if a walker has questions or needs help. On CNOY Day, Team Captains rally their team together, congratulate them on a job well done, and walk with those who need a pal to walk alongside.
Email or call us and we'll take care of it for you. We'll need to know:
Call or email us. We're happy to help!
If you'd like to switch your team captain, talk to us! Tell us your team name and who you'd like your new captain to be and we'll fix it for you.
No - due to the risk of ice, snow, and wet weather, the numbers of walkers involved, and the participation of children, seniors, and service animals in our event, participants are not permitted to run our routes.
No - once a registration fee is entered into the system, it cannot be moved or converted into a donation. However, rest assured that your registration fee is forwarded to your local charity, just like donations are - and, it is reflected in your location's overall fundraising total.
Choose the Location you'll be walking from the Locations page - if your location's route map has been finalized, it will be there. (If not, be patient, it'll be there soon.)
Online donors who give securely with their credit cards get e-receipts within 24 hours of their donations. Donors who give cheques or cash are receipted within 100 days of the event by email or post, provided their donation is $20 or over and we have received a full mailing address for their donation.
We've got lots of answers for your business, church or organization - check out our About the Challenge page, and click FAQ.
If you'd like to transfer one or more of your donations from your account to your teammate's, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the donor's name, their donation amount, and the name of the teammate you'd like us to move the donation to.
Note: We cannot split individual donations - for example, we cannot split a single $50 donation between two participants.
Yes, there will be rest stations along your route - usually at the halfway mark of the 5 or 10 km route. Check your location page for more details.
No - you can register online at any time leading up to CNOY Day. Of course, we recommend you register early so that you can use the weeks before CNOY Day to raise lots of funds for your charity!
Note: Those who register online on CNOY Day must sign a waiver form during check-in.
The waiver form means you understand the risk of walking in the event, that in the event of injury you release the event, the volunteers and the operators and charity partners of the event from any liability and, should your picture be taken on CNOY Day, you release CNOY to appropriately use your likeness in any future publications related to CNOY.
Once you register online, you can use the online FundHub to email your friends and family a link to your personal fundraising page. There, they can give to you securely online by credit card or PayPal. Alternately, you can download a pledge form, print it out, and ask people face-to-face for support.
For more help, check out our fundraising tips.
Yes! everyone who joins a team selects their own distance during registration. You may have people walking different distances on the same team.
You don't have to. Normally, you would at least begin walking together (if possible). After that, everyone is free to walk at their own pace.
All kids age 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is walking with them and stays with them at all times (including helping them register/hand in their waiver form). The routes are family-friendly, but not intended for children walking alone.
All youth under 18 must have a waiver signed by their legal guardian.
No - the $25 registration fee (which is required for adults over the age of 18 who raised less than $150, or youth aged 10-17 who raised less than $75) is not tax-deductible.
Yes... but it's optional! If participants meet their fundraising minimum, they don't have to pay a registration fee.
On average, walkers raise about $250 each, and most donors give around $40-$50, so it's a reachable goal! Note: the registration fee is non-refundable and is not eligible for a tax receipt.
When a donor gives online, we provide them with an opportunity to opt-in and cover the 4.25% processing fees we pay to process each credit card donation. It's totally voluntary and helps CNOY reduce its operating costs for the event.
This extra amount is added to your overall donation total. For example, a donor gives $100 and covers the 4.25% processing fee - the tax receipt issued is for $104.25.
To find your CNOY start location, choose the city you are walking in from the Locations menu - everything you need is there, including start/finish location, address, map, contact numbers, emails, route descriptions, and most other location-specific details.
We expect cold temperatures and precipitation. Watch the weather online prior to the walk carefully. Layers of clothing are good since you will certainly warm up during a long walk. Gloves, a warm, ear-covering hat, sunglasses for wind protection and a water/snow repellent jacket (preferably with a hood) are all good choices.
Footwear is really important. If there is snow or rain, you need to have water-proof boots or shoes. Gloves and a scarf are a good idea also. After all, it is a February walk in Canada...
If you receive cash or cheques made payable to YOU, please login to FundHub, click Fundraising, and then Enter $$ or Cheques and enter the donor information there. You'll then have one of two choices:
Keep them safe until CNOY Day - that's when you will present them with your pledge sheet during check-in.
You can also add these pledges online on your personal page - log in to FundHub, click the Fundraising tab at left, then click Enter $$ or Cheques and add each pledge one by one (you can print that whole list out and bring with you on CNOY Day too!).
All post-CNOY cheques can be mailed directly (with your completed pledge form) to the address on our Contact Page.
Yes! This is a change that we need to make at the CNOY Headquarters. Contact us and we'll either a) remove you from the team, so that you can start or join a new one, or b) move you to a new team (if you know which one you'd like to join).
Email us at email@example.com and we'll take care of it for you.
Note: If you have collected cash or cheque pledges, please ensure that all donor names and addresses are carefully posted online in your FundHub. Don't send cash in the mail. Pay for cash with a personal cheque from you (or pay by credit online). Send all cheques with your pledge sheet (if applicable) to Blue Sea Foundation, 260-659 King St. East, Kitchener, ON, N2G 2M4, Canada, Attn: Coldest Night of the Year.
In the weeks following CNOY Day, we process all location bundles from coast to coast. This process can be quite time-consuming - it usually takes a team of 10 people a few weeks of dawn-to-dusk data entry and double-checking! So, please be patient with us - you should see your donation totals updated by the end of March.
Absolutely! The purpose of the CNOY is to raise funds for charities. Walkers work hard to raise funds from friends, families and co-workers to support the charity they are walking for.
No - you can have as many people join your team as you'd like! There is no limit.
Depending on your fitness, the weather, congestion, and ground cover, most walkers clip along at between 4-5 km/hour. That means...
To edit your personal goal:
To edit your team's goal (Team Captains only):
You can change your walking distance by:
If you donate or pay your registration fee by credit card/Paypal, our charity's legal name will appear on your statement - Blue Sea Philanthropy.
First of all, don't hit "reply" to that notification email - that just goes to us (and we might giggle at you).
To thank your donors, login to your Fundhub, click on Fundraising, then click on Thank Donors. Follow the instructions there to send them a quick thank you note.
Toques are given out on CNOY Day to anyone who has either:
For more info, click here. (Note: The registration fee is non-refundable and is not eligible for a tax receipt.)
The short answer is: yes. It would help us get a better handle on how many participants to expect on CNOY Day.
So please, create a separate registration profile for each family member. You could route them all to the same email address, or even post all donations under one family member's name for efficiency's sake, but each person should have their own profile.
Simply add in five zeroes (00000) as the postal code, and the donation page should allow you to continue - if you're still having trouble, please contact our offices and we would be more than happy to help!
Great work! Here's the tricky part: CNOY can't assign cash/cheque pledges to a team, we can just assign them to a participant. So, you've got 2 options:
Check-in for all walkers opens at 4pm and closes at 6pm. Walkers should have their pledge forms and any cash and cheques filled out and ready to go when they arrive.
There are 2km, 5km, and 10km routes available.
Note that only the Team Captain (a.k.a. the participant who started the team):
Registration opens at 4pm, the CNOY walk routes open at 5pm, and all walkers must be out on the route by 6pm.
CNOY officials will monitor temperatures during the week leading up to event day. If the temperature becomes extremely cold, or if there is freezing rain - so much so that the safety of our walkers is in question - we may shorten or suspend the event to safeguard their well-being.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. For more info: click here.
Yes! If you have joined a team, your fundraising totals will be reflected in both your team total and the overall event total.
Click the login link at the top of the page - you'll find a Forgot Password? link at the bottom of the box that pops up. (Or hey, you can justjust click here.)
If you can't login or your username is not working, make sure you don't use any spaces in your name or password.
Ask us! Visit the contact page to get in touch with our friendly customer-service team.