LET'S PULL TOGETHER!
Due to the challenges posed by the global pandemic, our team has been hard at work adapting the Ottawa Fire Truck Pull this year. With health and safety in mind, we are planning a scaled down event with all the fun, competition, and team spirit you’ve come to expect.
This year, only teams of firefighters will be able to pull the fire trucks. However, there are plenty of ways to participate virtually.
So how can other teams join in on the competition? To get involved, non-firefighter teams can sponsor their favourite firefighters. We’re calling these “Fan Teams”. Fan Teams can help their favourite firefighters while competing for prizes themselves. Find out more about Fan Teams here.
Team themes and costumes are encouraged for those who wish to compete for the “Best Team Spirit” award.
Registered teams commit to raising at least $1,000. Teams can raise funds in person and online. We’ll set you up with a team fundraising page and individual pages for each team member. Teams can supplement direct fundraising requests with groups fundraising activities like bake sales, yard sales, car washes, etc.
Teams compete in four categories:
- Fastest Pull
- Most Charitable Team (most money raised)
- Best Team Spirit
- Shawn Mathieson Overall Event Winner: combination of best pull time, most funds raised, and best team spirit
Are you up to the challenge?
- Maximum of 10 participants per team.* All participants must be firefighters.
- Each team must have a team name. Spirited themes are recommended. (See page 4 of registration kit)
- Team Captains must submit Team Contact Information (page 4 of registration kit) and Team Bio (page 5 of registration kit) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 11, 2020.
- Team Captains are responsible for managing the team fundraising page, including updating totals from group fundraising efforts and cash or cheque donations made to any teammate, ensuring all teammates receive a Waiver Form (see pages 7-8 of registration kit) and a Donation Form (see page 10), and submitting Waiver Forms (see pages 7-8 of registration kit) and signed photo release forms (see page 9of registration kit) to email@example.com by Friday September 18, 2020.
- Each team commits to raising at least $1,000 by the end of Team Check-in. On a 10-person team, each member should raise approximately $100 minimum. Teams can supplement individual fundraising with group fundraisers such as bake sales, yard sales, car washes, etc.
- All donations are final regardless of the team’s total at the end of Team Check-in.
- All teammates are responsible for completing the Donation Forms by collecting the required information from donors making cash or cheque donations of $10 or more in order for those donors to receive a charitable tax receipt. (See page 10of registration kit)
- Team Captains will prepare the following for a member of the Ottawa Fire Truck Pull Event Committee to pick up on Friday, September 25, 2020**:
- All donated funds (cash and cheques),
- Team Funds Tracking sheet (See page 5 of registration kit)
- Any Donation Forms the teammates used (See page 10 of registration kit)
HOW TO REGISTER A TEAM
1. If you are a firefighter, gather a team of up to 10 participants.
2. Choose a team name, a theme, and a Team Captain.
3. Select complete the form on our Team Registration page.
4. We will send you a registration kit and a link to your fundraising page. Follow the steps below to set up you page:
5. Click on the “Create a Team” button on the registration page
6. Enter your email address.
a. If you have a Canada Helps account, you will be prompted to enter your password.
b. If you do not have a Canada Helps account you will be prompted to create a free account by confirming your email address and creating a password.
7. If you have created a new account, you will be prompted to fill in your name, address, city, country, and postal code (province is optional). If you sign in with an existing Canada Helps account, this information is automatically entered in the form.
8. You will be prompted to set up a Personal Fundraising Page.
a. Enter your name
b. You have the option of changing the fundraising goal.
c. Upload an image.
d. You have the option of editing the fundraising story or keep our suggested template.
e. This page will be where your teams overall fundraising total will be tracked
9. You will be prompted to set up a Team Fundraising Page.
a. Enter your team name.
b. You have the option of changing the team’s overall goal, but your team must raise at least $1,000 to be guaranteed the opportunity of pulling a fire truck at the event
c. Upload an image.
d. You have the option of editing the team’s fundraising story or keep our suggested template.
Once you have completed step 9, you will see the “Manage My Team” page.
You will receive the Registration Kit from us that includes the participant Waiver Form (pages 7-8), a Photo Release Form (page 9), and a Donation Form (page 10) to track cash and cheque donations. Please distribute these forms to all teammates.
Fan teams will have the opportunity to join your team’s fundraising efforts on your team page, whether it’s overflow team members or your community looking to contribute, this is where they can! Fan teams should follow the instructions below for the Personal Fundraising Pages.
Personal Fundraising Pages and Team Fundraising Pages
Team Captains will need to set up a Personal Fundraising Page and a Team Fundraising Page. Fan Teams will set up a Personal Fundraising Page.
All funds raised through the Personal Fundraising Pages will be added to the fundraising total of the Team Fundraising Page.
All firefighter team members can do their online fundraising through the Team Fundraising Page. These teammates won’t be able to log in and manage the page (e.g. add offline donations to the team total) but they can share the link to the Team Fundraising Page with their friends and family as they raise funds.
Each team will be provided with a shortened URL for the Team Fundraising Page.
For more information about managing your fundraising page, visit our Team FAQs.