Charity Challenge

Machu PicchuThe Arthritis Society has partnered with Charity Challenge, the world’s leading fundraising challenge operator. Charity Challenge is a travel expedition group that leads breathtaking trips around the world – involving hiking, biking, skiing, and more – while directly supporting charities.

Grand Canyon  Machu Picchu

Grand CanyonAs well as organizing excusive trips for supporters of The Arthritis Society, there are a number of “open’ trips. Open trips allow supporters to chose their destination and trip dates. Open trips allow registration from supporters of all charities. 

Click below to check out the open trips that are offered:
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Join us on an amazing adventure – for more information contact Cherie Whiteman at The Arthritis Society via email challenge@arthritis.ca or call 1.800.321.1433 ext. 3326.

The Grand CanyonOur next Charity Challenge destination is a Beyond the Grand Canyon trek. Charity Challenge will lead a trek for Arthritis Society supporters from October 2-9, 2016; this remarkable trek takes you deep into the heart of the ancient homelands of the Havasupai Indians. You will trek through sandstone canyons and beautiful cascading waterfalls.

Challenge Itinerary

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, is a setting of dazzling superlatives. A spectacular World Heritage site, it can boast one of the oldest and most majestic landscapes on earth, plunging down to depths of over a mile in parts. Carved by the waters of the mighty Colorado River, its breathtaking vistas provide the backdrop to this incredible challenge.

Heading away from the well-worn pathways of the usual tourist trails around the Grand Canyon, this remarkable trek takes you deep into the heart of the ancient homelands of the Havasupai Indians, trekking through sandstone canyons that have been carved by the passage of time. You will pass beautiful cascading falls and pools of clear blue water, wade across creek beds and follow steep winding switchbacks into canyons of towering buttes.

The days will be hot and challenging, whilst the evenings will be spent camped amongst the serene tranquility of the desert, where you will be expected to join in with the camp chores. Then it is on to the bright lights of Vegas, where you can celebrate the success of the trek in style, amongst the glitz and glamour of one of America’s most unique and energetic cities.

Day 1: Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona
Day 2: Trek the Sonoran Desert - 8kms trek
Day 3: Drive to the Sedona hills and trek the Dead Horse State Park - 11kms trek
Day 4: Trek the Oak Creek Canyon - 8kms trek
Day 5: Drive to the Grand Canyon Trailhead and hike Havasu Canyon - 16kms trek
Day 6: Hike to Mooney and Beaver Falls - 13kms trek
Day 7: Havasu Canyon and transfer to Las Vegas - 16kms trek
Day 8: Depart Las Vegas

There are two registration options for this trek.

Option 1: Self-Funder

The Self-Funder is where you pay the full cost of the challenge to Charity Challenge in the amount of $2,462. The Self-Funding participant then agrees to raise a minimum of $1500 for The Arthritis Society.

Option 2: Flexi-Funder

The Flexi -Funder is where you paya deposit to Charity Challenge in the amount of $650.  You will be required to pay the balance of your challenge costs 10 weeks before departure in the amount of $750. The Flexi-funder then agrees to fundraise a minimum of $4,000 for The Arthritis Society, of which no more than 25% will be paid out to Charity Challenge to cover the remaining cost of your challenge ($1,062.50). The total amount out of pocket for this option is $1,400.


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Due to overwhelming popularity, we are announcing a second trip to Machu Picchu. From April 30 to May 8, 2016, Charity Challenge will lead an exclusive trek for Arthritis Society supporters.

Tucked behind the Sacred Valley, the region has remained largely unchanged for more than 500 years. As you walk through these endless stunning valleys you will meet Andean farmers dressed in their traditional brightly coloured ponchos tending herds of Llamas and Alpacas. The region is also home to the Baños Del Inca, probably the best hot springs in southern Peru. Situated at an altitude of 8,750ft, the springs offer spectacular views of snowy peaks and glaciers such as Mounts Veronica, Chicon and Pumahaunca.

Challenge Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Cusco
Day 2: Acclimatization day -3 hrs walking
Day 3: Cusco to Cuncani via Lares hot springs
Day 4: Cuncani to Huacahuasi
Day 5: Huacahuasi to Ollantaytambo
Day 6: Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu via Sun Gate
Day 7: Machu Picchu to Cusco
Day 8: Cusco
Day 9: Cusco

There are two registration options for this trek.

Option 1: Self-Funder

The Self-Funder is where you pay the full cost of the challenge to Charity Challenge in the amount of $2,100. The Self-Funding participant then agrees to raise a minimum of $1500 for The Arthritis Society.

Option 2: Flexi-Funder

The Flexi -Funder is where you paya deposit to Charity Challenge in the amount of $575. You will be required to pay the balance of your challenge costs 10 weeks before departure in the amount of $525. The Flexi-funder then agrees to fundraise a minimum of $4,000 for The Arthritis Society, of which no more than 25% will be paid out to Charity Challenge to cover the remaining cost of your challenge ($1000). The total amount out of pocket for this option is $1100.


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Once you have registered for your challenge, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to your participant centre. Your participant centre is where you can send emails asking for donations and track your fundraising progress.

You will also have access to a member’s area on the charity challenge website, where there are fundraising tools.

Here are some additional tools that you might find helpful:

General Information

What is charity challenge?
Is The Arthritis Society a registered charity?
I have arthritis and I am not sure of the level of difficulty of this trip?
How fit do I need to be?
Will there be an Arthritis Society staff member or guide?
Will there be French speaking guides?
Are materials available in French?
Where does the money raised go?
Who do I contact for more information?

Register

How can I register?
Can people under the age of 18 attend?
What is the difference between an open trip and an exclusive trip?
Is there a minimum number of participants?
Is there a maximum number of participants for the trip?
What if there aren’t enough people registered to conduct the exclusive trip?
What are the registration types?
Are the flights included in the cost of the trip?
What if I can’t attend the trip?

Tax Receipts

Are tax receipts issued for all donations?
I have lost my original tax receipt and require a duplicate copy. What do I do?
I made an online donation and I cannot open my tax receipt. Why is this?
I have collected money offline. When can my donors expect a tax receipt?
How long is my tax receipt valid for?
For tax receipt inquires, requests for replacements, and/or corrections contact us at challenge@arthritis.ca or 1.800.321.1433 ext. 3326

Fundraising

What tools and resources are available for me?
When do I have to raise my sponsorship amount?
What if I am having trouble hitting the sponsorship minimum?
Can’t find your answer here, please visit http://www.charitychallenge.ca/faqs.html for more information.
All logistical aspects of the expeditions will be managed by Charity Challenge. They can be reached at 1.289.239.8239 or info@charitychallenge.ca.

All fundraising inquiries and support will be managed by The Arthritis Society. Please contact Cherie Whiteman at 1.800.321.1433 ext. 3326 or challenge@arthritis.ca.