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May 29, 2015

darkness to light

The all-night
challenge to defeat
mental illness

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About the Event

What is camh Darkness to Light?
camh Darkness to Light is the first ever all-night challenge to defeat mental illness. Rally your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you to stay up and raise funds for lifesaving mental health care, research and awareness.
Mental illness can take some people to the very edge of darkness. For the most fortunate, family members and friends are at their side, often staying up all night to provide comfort and support—a bright light amidst the uncertainty.
The all-night challenge is committed to shine a light on mental illness and addiction. Join now and help stop mental illness from destroying lives.
Who can participate?
You are never too old or too young to support those experiencing a mental health or addiction problem. That’s why the event is open to all ages. If participating as a family or with young children, please complete the parental permission form which is part of the registration process. Register now.
Can I do this on my own or do I have to do this as a group?
Either way is great! Registration for camh Darkness to Light is set up to allow both individuals and teams to participate. You can register as an individual, fundraise, and participate in your own all-night challenge to bring darkness to light. Visit Participant Tools to learn more.
If you want to participate as a team—either as a team member or the team captain, there are tools and resources at your fingertips to help you fundraise while having fun with your teammates. Visit Team Leader Tools to learn more. `
What if I have trouble staying up all night?
We have a remedy for that! You can give just $20 to receive 60 minutes of nap time. Or, if you think you will be extra snoozy, donate $40 for 2 hours of sleep, or $50 for 3 hours! Visit the Registration page to sign up for some nap time.
What can I do to pass the time?
The camh Darkness to Light challenge is a great opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and have fun while raising money and awareness about mental illness. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the event:
  • Marathon-watch your favourite TV series
  • Host a board game tournament
  • Go camping and stay up wishing on stars
  • Catch up on a hobby
  • Do a walking tour of your city; the darkness offers a whole new perspective
  • Bring back the sleepover—movies, snacks, gossip and pranks!

Your challenge can take place indoors or outdoors—it doesn’t matter what you do, just have fun!
When is the all-night event?
The camh Darkness to Light challenge takes place on Friday, May 29th starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 30th.


How do I register?
Registration is easy. Simply click on “Register” and follow the steps. From here, you can register as an individual or start a team.
If you want to join an existing team, click “Join a Team” button and follow the steps.
In both cases, you’ll need to identify if you are an adult, teen or child as there are different participation fees depending on age. As you register, you’ll also have the option of selecting to donate to receive nap time during the event.
How do I join an existing team? How do I start my own team?
It’s easy to join an existing team or even start your own team. From the home page, simply click on the “Join a Team” button, and follow the steps to join or start a new team.

NOTE: If you have already registered as an individual but would like to form or join a team, please contact us and provide your name, email address and the team you would like to join, or the name of the team you would like to form. We will have you set up and running as soon as possible!
Do I have to raise a minimum amount in order to participate?
Yes—if you are 18 years and over there is a $25 registration fee to take part. You also have the opportunity to purchase naps that can be used at any time throughout the night. Teens (aged 13-17) can register for just $10 and your parents’ permission to participate (see the registration form). Fees for napping are included in the participation fee for teens. There is no registration fee for children (ages 0-12), but they will also need their parent’s permission to participate.
Do you have any tools to help me fundraise and gather sponsors?
Absolutely! We’ve made it easy for you to rally your friends, family and co-workers around the camh Darkness to Light all-night challenge in support of mental illness. With a customizable fundraising page—you can add your photo and a personal story which will help to encourage sponsors to donate and participate in the event. You can also send personalized emails with updates on your fundraising status. There’s also a social profile badge that you can download and helpful sample social media posts that you can use to keep your network excited and up-to-date on your progress. See the Participant Centre for details.


How will my money be used?
Money raised through the camh Darkness to Light challenge will be allocated to our Priority Fund. This money is used to support the hospital’s areas of greatest need, including innovative research, public awareness-raising efforts, and building projects like the new Emergency Department that will open in 2018. For more information, please visit the 'Your Dollars at Work' page.
How do I donate to support a participant or a team?
  • Click on the "Donate" button
  • Enter the person’s first name and last name or team name in the search fields
  • Click “Search”
  • Click on the person or team and you’ll go to their personal fundraising page
  • Click on “Donate Now”

Thank you for shining a light on mental illness!
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes! If you donate online, your tax receipt is automatically emailed to the email address you provide at the time of donation. If you give a donation of $10 or more offline (through cash or cheque), we’ll mail you your tax receipt.
Please note that we cannot issue tax receipts for donations that are less than $10.
I haven’t received a tax receipt for my donation. What should I do?
Thank you for supporting us!

Did you donate online?
If your donation was made online, you should automatically receive a tax receipt by email. Sometimes these emails end up in junk mail folders so check your junk mail first. If it’s not there, please email so we can get you your tax receipt.

Did you donate by cash or cheque? If your donation is $10 or more, we’ll automatically mail you your tax receipt. Please note, if your donation is under $10, we cannot issue you a tax receipt.
For all other tax receipt inquiries, please contact us.
I entered the wrong donation amount. How do I fix it?
No problem! Please email and we’ll get it corrected for you.

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