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Official Charity Kudos

  • Grandview Children's Foundation
    "'Truly inspirational, awe-inspiring and deeply touching'. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe how much it touched us seeing Our Kids determined to show that they are not limited by their personal challenges. We will remember the look of determination on Owen's face as he walked the entire 5k with only his walker as his support. Nor will we forget Hannah and Alexa who wheeled the 5k or Greg who ran the marathon in a pumpkin suit to support Grandview Kids. In general, we celebrate the accomplishments of Grandview Kids: Alexa, Cody, Connor, Hannah, Matt, Mackynzi, Mitchell, Owen, Riley, Robert and Tyler who each set their personal goals and made us all proud. Way to go Smash'n Pumpkins and a special thanks to Anh and the Charity Challenge team, Canada Running Series, and Scotiabank who allowed us this opportunity."

    — Grandview Children's Foundation, October 2012

  • Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC)
    "This was our first year as an official charity for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. STWM provided a wonderful opportunity for us to recruit 80 runners, share our vision and mission, build a very cool 'running community' and raise over $20,000 towards our LAUNCH program which invests in young leaders in our city! On behalf of Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC) — a big shout out to Anh and the good people at CRS, Scotiabank and Artez for helping make this great opportunity possible!"

    — Carl Nash, LAUNCH Director, Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC), October 2012

  • Giant Steps Toronto/York Region
    "A participant and frequent prize winner since 2004, Giant Steps is a school & therapy centre for children with autism — a small local charity, big in passion for our mission of enabling kids with autism, but limited in resources.
    The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is our largest annual fundraising event, critical to the funding of our kids' therapy programs. The Charity Challenge provides us with unmatched opportunities: the ability to participate in a world class event, to incur minimal administrative costs, and to bring 100% of the money we raise home to children with autism. Our pledges and prize winnings now total over $650,000!
    From our kids, families, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors, our heartfelt thanks go to Scotiabank Group, Canada Running Series and the City of Toronto!"

    —Joanne Scott-Jackson, Director of Development, Giant Steps Toronto/York Region, September 2012

  • Gilda's Club Greater Toronto
    "Gilda's Club Greater Toronto is grateful to have the opportunity to participate annually in the Scotiabank Toronto Charity Challenge.
    This event has become our 2nd biggest fundraiser and 2 years ago we were fortunate to have been chosen as 1 of the 3 featured charities. Since then, we have had a high rate of returning participants each year. What a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for Gilda's Club Greater Toronto — a community support organization for men, women, teens and children living with cancer. From the Board, Staff and Members of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, thanks for this event! See you all on October 14th!"

    —Elana Shapiro, Development Associate, Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, September 2012

  • Lymphedema Association of Ontario
    "The annual STWM — Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge has quickly become our number one fundraising event of the year. Although our organization is small, we have been able to raise a total of $85,000 over the past four years. What is truly amazing is the support that the STWM team provides for charities. Participating in the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge eliminates the need for depositing sponsorship cheques, processing payments and issuing charitable receipts. The event organizers do it all while we simply wait to receive our single cheque. The administration resources it saves our organization is tremendous. It allows us to focus on our goals of raising awareness and education for Lymphedema. Thank you STWM team & Scotiabank!"

    — Anna Kennedy, Executive Director, November 2011

  • ANNE'S TEAM (The Anne Hoehn Memorial Foundation)
    "STWM provides our small, volunteer-based organization an opportunity to combine two things about which we are truly passionate — running for ourselves AND running for our cause. STWM is the perfect platform for ANNE'S TEAM — it marries the sport of endurance running, and all the physical and mental benefits that this sport offers, with our charitable mission to create awareness and raise funds for youth mental health. A very big thank you to CRS for providing the stage for ANNE'S TEAM to test our MENTAL TOUGHNESS!"

    —Mike Hoehn, Founder

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The Scotiabank Charity Challenge

charity challenge

Make your Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon or 5k more meaningful by going the distance for one of our 2016 Official Charities! Simply choosing a charity and raising donations brings them closer to their goal! Check out the great incentive programs unique to each charity to keep you motivated and reward you for your efforts! Incentives are listed on each charity page, and may include: Free entries, gear, prizes and great pre/post-run parties!

The Official Charity & Featured Charity Applications for the 2016 STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge are now CLOSED! We are no longer accepting Official Charity applications for this year's event. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For more information about our 2016 event, please contact , Charity Development & Event Coordinator.

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2015 STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge Prizing & Results

2015 Results

To view the winners of the STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge, Neighbourhood Challenge, Costume Contest and Media Challenge please click here!


Scotiabank Employee Fundraising Program

As an added benefit of being employed by the title sponsor, Scotiabank will cover the registration fee for employees who register for the event and fundraise a minimum of $200 for one of the 2016 Scotiabank Charity Challenge Official Charities by Monday, October 31 at 5pm.

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Community Education Services CANADA

Shoes     Shoes

Donate your seconds for athletes
who only dream of their first

CES Canada provides secondary school education for youth orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS living in Kenya.

Drop off your new or slightly used running shoes at packet pick-up (on the days leading up to the race) or at baggage check on race day. CES Canada will send them to runners in Kenya who cannot afford a decent pair of training footwear.