Read4BCHS’s 3rd Annual Read-A-Thon Event

Read4BCHS promotes literacy and keeps young minds active – all while raising much needed funds to provide our youngest patients with exceptional care!

Great things happen when you read!

This Read-A-Thon Fundraiser will take participants of the Read4BCHS on an incredible journey of discovery across Canada, inspire a love of reading, awaken their imagination, build their confidence and enhance their reading skills. Help the BCHS Foundation get off to a quick start by donating. Donations made by friends and family will motivate the wonderful participants of this amazing event to power their way through their virtual adventure and build skills to last a lifetime.

Challenge:

CAN THE PARTICIPANTS READ ACROSS CANADA IN 17 DAYS?

Challenge accepted!

Read-A-Thon Event Dates: Monday, May 9th, 2022 to Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

How to help?

STEP 1: REGISTER
This event is FREE, you just need to fundraise for the BCHS Foundation!
Registration opens on April 25th, 2022

Register your child(ren), your family or class/school to participate in the “Read4BCHS” event by filling out the form below. Shortly after registering, you’ll have your own customized online Fundraising Campaign page!

STEP 2: FUNDRAISE!
From Monday, May 9th, 2022 to Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Get the word out to your friends and family and tell everyone about “Read4BCHS“. Ask them to support you by making a donation! It’s as easy as asking 10 people for $10, 4 people for $25, or any combination you can think of!

To see the master campaign page for “Read4BCHS“, click on the following link: https://fundrazr.com/read4bchs

STEP 3: GET READING!
From Monday, May 9th, 2022 to Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Starting on Monday, May 9th, 2022 to Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, participants/families/classes will start a virtual Canadian road trip via an innovative program from Mind Growth Education to complete their reading challenge.

Their daily reading sessions will take them on a storybook adventure across this great nation, building more reading skills while exposing them to all sorts of fun and educational facts about Canada.

Will they be able to complete the challenge by May 25th, 2022? Stay tuned to find out!

STEP 4: REAP THE REWARDS

Everyone who registers and reads receives a participant prize package from the BCHS Foundation and a chance to win a grand prize in their category:
* Top Individual Fundraiser (single participant reader/fundraiser from the community)
* Top Family or Team Fundraiser (family or team with more than one reader/fundraiser from the community)
* Top Class Fundraisers (from registered schools)
* Top School Fundraisers (from registered school boards)

How much are we helping raise?

The BCHS Foundation’s initial goal this year is $10,000. Thank you for helping them achieve this goal! The funds raised through Read4BCHS will go towards supporting pediatric care at the Brant Community Healthcare System.

Fun facts

After completing this Read-A-Thon Fundraiser, a participant will have had over 200-1,000 additional minutes of reading and will have planted real trees in Canada in the process!

GREAT NEWS! We’ve partnered with One Tree Planted #onetreeplanted. One Tree Planted will plant a tree every time a participant, family or a class completes along their “Read Across Canada” reading adventure route. There’s no extra work or cost for the student/families — Just make sure you keep reading! #greatthingshappenwhenyouread

Did you know?


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


*Participation

Q: Where do I start?

REGISTRATION: Registration opens on April 25th, 2022
Fill out the form below to register your child(ren), your family, your class, etc.. You will receive an email a few days later with your Mind Growth Education login information where you will be able to log your minutes during your event and a link to your personal campaign page! Please make sure you to check your SPAM/JUNK folder, as our email might go there! If you do not receive an email with your login info, please email Isabelle at fundraising@mindgrowtheducation.com.

FUNDRAISING PART: Monday, May 9th, 2022 to Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
 Head to the master campaign page: https://fundrazr.com/read4bchs and start raising funds for a good cause!

READING PART: Monday, May 9th, 2022 to Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Sign into your Mind Growth Education account and start logging in your minutes and traveling across Canada!
Sign in at https://mindgrowtheducation.com/sign-in/.

Q: How does your reading log programs work?
A: Participants record the number of minutes they’ve read in class or at home on a daily basis by signing into their Mind Growth Education account. The program automatically converts their minutes into kilometres and advances their avatar on a virtual adventure across Canada through various towns and cities to form a route that spans from Victoria, BC to through every province in the lower part of Canada, and back again, through the higher part of Canada, which ends in Whitehorse, Yukon. Every time a participant arrives at one of the major points on their adventure, a little blurb pops up with educational facts about that city or town. The students also get to earn badges and get printable worksheets as they progress on their reading journey. (Please note: For every 20 minutes, you will travel approx. 240 kilometres on the adventure map).

Q: What if a participant reads across Canada before the event is over?
A: Keep on logging in those minutes! The challenge will then be “How many times could you read across Canada until the end of your event?” – The record so far is 3 times by a family from Nanaimo, BC.

Q: What if one of the participants/teachers needs help (i.e. cannot remember his/her username and/or password). What to do?
A: Just email Isabelle, your Mind Growth Education representative, with your question(s) and she’ll be happy to help.
Email: fundraising@mindgrowtheducation.com
Text: 778-928-6778

* Fundraising
Q: Can we collect offline funds?

A: Using our online fundraising platform allows you to avoid having to handle and manage cash. However, if the person is not able to give online, many families have accepted cash or cheques and then personally donated the exact amount online afterwards. Please Note: If the people donating this way wants a tax receipt, then you will need to make each donation as a separate credit card transaction in the name of the person making the gift.
Donate here: https://fundrazr.com/read4bchs

Q: Do the contributors get tax receipts?
A: Yes. As soon as a sponsor donates, a tax receipt will be available to them via email. Also, donors do receive access to our digital coupon sheet with great savings on awesome stuff (kid & adult books, candles, soaps, bath bubbles, digital reading log program, etc.) as a thank you gift for any donation $10 or more.

Q: How do I view our school’s online fundraising efforts?
A: Go to your Master Campaign page where you will be able to see your participant’s online fundraising efforts (https://fundrazr.com/read4bchs).

Q: How do I make an online donation?
A: Step #1: Go to the following link: https://fundrazr.com/read4bchs. Step #2: Click on the “DONATE” button. Easy as that!

Q: Where do our contributions go?
A: The funds raised through Read4BCHS will go towards supporting pediatric care at the Brant Community Healthcare System.

Q: When does the foundation receive the funds?
A: They will receive the funds shortly after the event is over.

* Thank you prizes
Q: What will our families/students receive for participating in this Read-A-Thon event? 
A: Everyone who registers and reads receives a participant prize package from the BCHS Foundation and a chance to win a grand prize in their category (see above for categories). Also, at the end of your reading adventure route, you will be able to download a printable certificate of achievement. Additionally, you will also receive a printable certificate via email stating how many trees your family/class has planted during your event from Mind Growth Education.

READY TO REGISTER?
Please fill out one of the following three forms that suits you best!

FOR ONE SINGLE PARTICIPANT
Parents, please fill out the following form and you will receive a confirmation email from Isabelle, our Read-A-Thon Fundraising Leader. Don’t forget to check your SPAM/JUNK folder in case our email goes there in the next 2-3 business days!

  • (ie. John D.)

FOR FAMILIES/TEAMS
Parents/Team Leaders, please fill out the following form and you will receive a confirmation email from Isabelle, our Read-A-Thon Fundraising Leader.
Don’t forget to check your SPAM/JUNK folder in case our email goes there in the next 2-3 business days!

  • (ie. The Dukeshire Family, The Reading Rockets, etc.)

FOR SCHOOLS OR CLASSES
Teachers, please fill out the following form and you will receive a confirmation email from Isabelle, our Read-A-Thon Fundraising Leader.
Don’t forget to check your SPAM/JUNK folder in case our email goes there in the next 2-3 business days!

  • (Teacher Name + Grade + Division (if applicable) (i.e. Isabelle Baril, Grade 4, Division 13)
    If you choose one account per student, you will need to create their individual accounts within your master account.

Happy fundraising and happy reading!