2017 Frequently Asked Questions


General Event Information
What is Sunshine Float for Dreams?
Who can participate?
Can I participate on my own?
Can I bring my family/friends as spectators?
What time does the event start and end?
Where do I park?
How do I get to Brant Park?
Can I camp at Brant Park?
Is the event rain or shine?


Registration
How do I register a team?
How do I join an existing team?
How do I set up my Participant Center?
How do I pay for my team?
How do I join my team Captain's team when they have paid?
Is my registration fee a donation?


Fundraising
Do I have to raise a minimum amount to participate?
Do you have any tools to help me fundraise and gather supporters?
Are there any fundraising incentives?

Donations
How will my money be used?
How do I donate to support an individual or a team?
Are all forms of donations accepted?
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Other Questions?

General Event Information

What is Sunshine Float for Dreams?

Learn more about Sunshine Float for Dreams here.

Who can participate?

This is a team-based event designed for groups of up to 10 people, floating together for a good cause. Minimum age requirement to participate is 7, and participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

All participants must be comfortable in an environment where water levels can range from one foot in depth to over six feet. Participants with mobility limitations will be offered assistance by our volunteer team to be lifted on and off floatation devices. You will be in/on your float for 2-3 hours. There will be experienced guides on the river to supervise and provide emergency support. Participants must be self-sufficient in handling themselves if their float tips. Life jackets will be provided, however size options are limited so participants are encouraged to bring their own.

Can I participate on my own?

Sunshine Float for Dreams is a team-based event designed for groups of up to 10 people, floating together for a good cause. As Sunshine Float for Dreams grows we hope to include individual participants in this epic experience. If you would like to participate, but have a team of less than 6, contact events@sunshine.ca.

Can I bring my family/friends as spectators?

Family and friends are welcome to join all participants after their float at the Float Social which will be taking place at Brant Park (119 Jennings Road, Brantford, ON). There is no admission fee to the Float Social. Entertainment is free and food and beverage will be available for purchase. Donations will be greatly appreciated and will be accepted on site. Please note that family and friends will be required by Park Authorities to pay park admission fees.

What time does the event start and end?

The event will start at approximately 8:30am and will end at approximately 4:00pm. Teams will enter the water between 9 - 11am. Team Captains will be notified of their team's check-in time prior to the event date. It will take around 2-3 hours to float down the river while completing on-water challenges.

The Float Social will run from approximately 12:00pm until 4:00pm.

Where do I park?

Please park in the designated parking area at Brant Park (Brantford, ON). You will be shuttled to the launch site and exit the river back at Brant Park where your car is. Maps of the venue indicating the designated parking area will be posted closer to the event and emailed to your Team Captain.

How do I get to Brant Park?

Brant Park is located northwest of Brantford, Ontario.

RR 4, 119 Jennings Road
Brantford, ON N3T 5L7
Phone: (519) 752-2040

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Can I camp at Brant Park?

Yes, you can camp at Brant Park either before Sunshine Float for Dreams, or after. If you want a site with hydro and water, you should book as soon as possible as these tend to book up quickly. You can book online through the Grand River Conservation Authority website.

Is the event rain or shine?

A little rain won't stop your unforgettable journey down the Grand River! In the event of serious weather conditions or water level concerns, the event may be cancelled at the discretion of the Brant Conservation Authority.

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Registration

How do I register a team?

To register a team, you have two options. You can either register and pay for a full team, or create a team and pay as an individual.

If you choose to pay the full team fee, you will receive an email within 48 hours containing a promo link that you can forward to your fellow teammates for them to join your team at no cost.

If you choose to pay as an individual, your teammates will need to register by clicking "Join A Team" on the homepage. Be sure to give them your team name so they can search for the right team.

You can register here. The registration process is easy! If you need some help, feel free to contact us at events@sunshine.ca

How do I join an existing team?

On the homepage click on "Join A Team". If you have participated in past Float for Dreams, you will be able to login. If not, click the 'Join as a New Participant' button.

You will be directed to search for your team by team name. Once you have found your team, you will be guided through the registration process.

Join an existing team here.

How do I set up my Participant Center?

Check out our helpful Participant Guide available on the Resources Page.

How do I pay for my team?

Within the registration process there is the option to pay for an entire team. Online payment options include MasterCard, Visa and American Express. To pay by cheque contact events@sunshine.ca, or call 1-800-461-7935 ext. 239. If you are paying for a full team you will receive an email containing a promo link within 48 hours of your payment which you will be able to forward to your teammates. This promo code will allow your teammates to register without having to make a payment.

How do I join a team that has already been paid for?

Your Team Captain would have received a promo link to forward on to all team members. Contact your team Captain for the link and you will be able to register without having to make a payment.

Is my registration fee a donation?

No. For tax purposes, your registration fee is not considered a donation and does not apply to your fundraising goal. Registration fees help offset the costs of putting on such an amazing event.

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Fundraising

Do I have to raise a minimum amount to participate?

Each individual is encouraged to raise $200. That's only 10 friends at $20 each. Our hope is that you and your team will set an even more aggressive target and help Sunshine make dreams come true for even more children. Not sure where to start with your fundraising? Check out our Fundraising Guide (coming soon!). As encouragement, we have developed some exciting Fundraising Incentives (coming soon!) to recognize your achievements.

Do you have any tools to help me fundraise and gather supporters?

We will make it easy for your to rally your friends and family around Sunshine Float for Dreams. Our Fundraising Guide will be posted to the Resources Page. Check back soon.

Are there any fundraising incentives?

You bet! We want to reward you for your fundraising efforts as much as possible, so we have developed exciting Fundraising Incentives. (Coming soon!)

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Donations

How will my money be used?

All pledges raised are used to help The Sunshine Foundation of Canada fulfill our mission of making dreams come true for children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. Your registration fees help offset event costs. See examples of our Sunshine Dream Stories.

How do I donate to support an individual or a team?

You can search for teams or individuals you wish to donate to here! Simply type in the team or individual name in the search field and you will be taken directly to the team or individual page to make a donation. Be sure to have the team or individual name handy to make the process easier!

Are all forms of donations accepted?

To make it easy for you, we encourage all donations to come through your online fundraising pages using the available credit card options. In the event you receive cash or cheque donations, please fill out a pledge form, and mail it, with a cheque for the total amount, to:

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada
100-300 Wellington St.
London, Ontario
N6B 2L5

For cash donations, you can write a personal cheque and mail it to the address above. Be sure to include the donor information for all cash donations on the pledge form. Donations over $20.00 will not receive a tax receipt unless we have all of their contact information.

To be eligible for incentive prizing, all donations must be received by the Sunshine offices in London, ON by 5pm on Monday, June 18th, 2018.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

All donations of $20.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. For online donations, a tax receipt is automatically emailed to the donor's email address provided at the time of donation. If donations are made offline, through cash or cheque, Sunshine will mail a tax receipt to the donor via Canada Post.

Please note: Registration fees are not tax deductible

Other Questions?

Still have questions? Contact events@sunshine.ca or call us at 1-800-461-7935 ext. 239

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