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The Sunrise Challenge fundraiser invites Canadians to wake up with the sun for 5 days (May 30 to June 3) while raising money to support the groundbreaking mental health research and suicide prevention initiatives happening at CAMH. By rising together and rallying our friends, family and co-workers behind the cause, we can change the way the world sees and treats mental illness.

Your Sunrise Moment can be whatever you want it to be! Wake up with the sun and do something good for your mental health and take a picture to share that moment.

We encourage you to join other participants in starting your day with the sun throughout the Sunrise Challenge. If this isn’t possible for you, consider another way you can challenge yourself by doing something positive for your mental health and sharing how you start your day for your own personal challenge.

If this challenge isn’t for you but you’d like to take part in a fundraiser for CAMH, you can learn about how to start your own Community Fundraiser for CAMH here.

Your Sunrise Moment can capture the beauty of the sunrise that day, but feel free to get creative! You can share anything that gives people a glimpse into your morning—a PJ selfie, cup of coffee, yoga mat, alarm clock—anything to show your followers you completed the challenge that morning by rising with the sun.

All registered participants of the Sunrise Challenge should be 18 years of age or older as of registration.

Share your daily Sunrise Moments on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #CAMHSunriseChallenge

All the information you'll need can be found on our website and you can share your daily Sunrise Moments with your friends and family via email if you prefer.

You don’t have to be a great photographer to participate! Sharing your own Sunrise Moment point-of-view is sure to inspire your network while raising money for the ground-breaking work taking place at CAMH.

To register, please visit www.sunrisechallenge.ca and look for the purple “register” button. Please note that all participants will need a valid email address.

All participants who register before the CAMH Sunrise Challenge 2022 Giveaway contest deadline on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:59:59 PM ET (the “Contest Period”) will receive one (1) contest entry.

There will be seven (7) prizes (the “Prizes”) available to be won, which will be drawn in this order, consisting of the following:

a. one (1) Starbucks Gift Card (approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $100 CAD);
b. one (1) standard Peace Collective sweater of Winner’s indicated size (ARV of $80 CAD;
c. one (1) voucher for free pet food for one year from Nutram (limited to 12 bags of any Nutram recipe, any size of bag) with an ARV of $800 CAD);
d. one (1) signed Pascale Siakam Raptor’s jersey provided by Tangerine (with an ARV of [300CAD]. As it is impossible to establish an ARV for an autograph because its ARV is affected by changing supply & demand, by local market conditions, by the unpredictability of sports and other factors, the ARV includes only the value of the merchandise;
e. one (1) authentic signed, NBA Rookie of the Year and Sun Life health ambassador, Scottie Barnes Toronto Raptors jersey, provided by Sun Life ( with an ARV of $500 CAD); As it is impossible to establish an ARV for an autograph because its ARV is affected by changing supply & demand, by local market conditions, by the unpredictability of sports and other factors, the ARV includes only the value of the merchandise;
f. two (2) tickets to a Toronto Raptors home game during the 2022/2023 NBA season provided by Sun Life (with an ARV of $600 CAD).

For full contest details, how to enter and eligibility requirements, please see the CAMH Sunrise Challenge 2022 Giveaway Official Contest Rules.

All participants that register before the Early Bird Deadline on April 22 for a chance to win 1 of 3 smart light panel kits generously donated by Nanoleaf.

Individuals will set a fundraising goal and participate in the challenge independently. Teams work together towards a collective fundraising goal. Participating as a team is a great way to build community while working together!

There is no registration fee required to participate in the Sunrise Challenge.

Once you register you’ll be able to find a collection of email templates and social media posts to invite friends and family members to join you. You can upload your contacts directly into your Participant Centre, which allows you to quickly and easily invite your contacts to join you in the Sunrise Challenge.

All participants will need to have their own registration. It is possible to complete the registration process for anyone you are participating with. Please note that you may not use the same email address on the subsequent registrations.

It’s easy! You will just need to follow the steps below

  • Step 1: Go to Register
  • Step 2: Choose Join a Team
  • Step 3: Search for your Team’s name
  • Step 4: Click on the “Join Team” button
Once you do that, you’ll be taken through a few short steps:

  • Step 1: Select the correct participant type to join a Team
  • Step 2: Provide your family member’s/friend’s details
  • Step 3: Tick the box on the waiver*
  • Step 4: Complete the registration
You’ll go through the same registration process for each team member as you did for yourself.

There is no limit to the number of individuals you can have on your team.

Follow the steps below to add team members to your team after you’ve registered.

  • Step 1: Go to Register
  • Step 2: Choose Join a Team
  • Step 3: Search for your Team’s name
  • Step 4: Click on the “Join Team” button
Once you do that, you’ll be taken through a few short steps:

  • Step 1: Select the correct participant type to join a Team
  • Step 2: Provide your family member’s/friend’s details
  • Step 3: Tick the box on the waiver*
  • Step 4: Complete the registration
You’ll go through the same registration process for each family member as you did for yourself.

If participants have not yet registered for the Sunrise Challenge, they can select ‘Join a Team’ when they begin registration and search for your team name.

If a participant has registered as an individual and wishes to join your team, they can head to “profile”, then click “event options”. Participants can search for the team they want to join from there. Once found, simply click the “join team” button and the participant will be added to the team.

You can import contacts to your participant centre, which allows you to efficiently send emails to ask your family, friends and colleagues to support you.

  • Login to your Participant Centre from sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Click on “Compose Email” in the top menu bar
  • Click on “Please Support Me” in the menu bar on the right hand side of the screen
  • Select each name you'd like to contact to draft your email to potential donors.

You can send emails to thank your donors through your participant centre by doing the following:

  • Login to your Participant Centre from sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Click on “Compose Email” in the top menu bar
  • Click on “Unthanked Donors” in the menu bar on the right hand side of the screen
  • Select each donor you’d like to thank to draft your thank you email

To manage your team page, log-in to your participant centre. If you are on a team, a tab appears on your PC homepage next to the tab for “Me” called “My Team” that shows your team’s info. For team captains (ie. those who start a team) the tab appears for “My Team”. Team page copy and images can be edited by the team captain.

If you have already registered as an individual and want to join a team, visit your Participant Centre and click “Event Options.” Search for the team you want to join and click the “Join Team” button.

Your personal page contains a line below the donate button with your team name, if you are part of a team.

Yes! Select ‘I am joining a team’ when you begin registration and you will be prompted to search for the team you’d like to join.

You can see your group members by doing the following:

    Login to your Participant Centre from sunrisechallenge.ca Click on My Team Scroll down to view your Team Roster
  • Login to your Participant Centre from sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Click on “My Team”
  • Scroll down to view your Team Roster

To have your username or password resent to you, please visit the homepage of the event website and click on “Forgot password?” within the “Login” link at the top right of the homepage. You will then be able to request a reset link. You should receive the link within 24 hours.

To log in to your participant centre, just follow the steps below:

  • Visit sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Enter your username and password in the top banner of the website and click on “Login”
  • Click on “My Participant Centre” in the top right of the screen
  • On the next page you will see your event appear as a link, click this and your participant centre will load.

The following information can be viewed and updated in your participant centre:

  • Username and password
  • First Name, Last name
  • Email
  • Online gift notifications
  • Personal fundraising goal
  • Your personal fundraising page
  • Your team fundraising page (if you are a team captain/co-captain)
  • Fundraising emails (you can view templates, edit them and send emails from your participant centre)
  • Fundraising progress including personal donation list

You can see the emails that you have sent from your participant centre by doing the following:

  • Login to your Participant Centre from sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Click on “Email” in the top menu bar
  • Click on “Sent” in the menu bar on the right hand side of the screen

You can see who has donated to your fundraising efforts and what their donation amount is from your participant centre by doing the following:

  • Login to your Participant Centre from sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Click on “Progress” in the top menu bar

Yes, you can add either a photo OR a video to your fundraising page. You can do this by logging into your participant centre and editing your personal page. Just click on the Photo/Video button in menu on the right side of the screen.

$100 is a great place to start, but we encourage you to reach beyond that!

Once you are logged in to your Participant Centre, you’ll see the option ‘Add Contacts to Your Address Book’ under the ‘What to do next?’ section.

Yes, donors will have the option to donate to your team or to individuals on your team when they visit the donate page.

Online fundraising will be open until June 30, 2022.

You can enter offline donations through your Participant Centre. These will display on your fundraising page thermometer. You can then mail your completed fundraising forms with corresponding cheques to CAMH Foundation. Please ensure the memo line on the cheque says Sunrise Challenge and your full name.

There are two ways to do this:

1. Email your fundraising link to your friends, family and colleagues

  • To do this, login to your participant centre from sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Click on “Email” along the top menu bar
  • Email your friends, colleagues and family using the “Support me” email template. A link to your page will be included in your email automatically.

You can be a successful fundraiser during COVID-19. It’s important to be sensitive to individual’s circumstances during this unprecedented time, however many people are still willing and able to support causes that are important to them. Share why you are fundraising for CAMH and your personal connection to the cause. You can also use the email templates found in your Participant Centre to help frame the importance of funding the groundbreaking mental health research taking place at CAMH.

You can continue to harness the momentum of your Sunrise Challenge! Fundraising will stay open for a few weeks after the event.

Log-in to your Participant Centre from the homepage of sunrisechallenge.ca, then scroll down to the section titled ‘Personal Page’. Your personal page URL is the first item in this section.

To make a personal donation, participants can follow the prompts during the registration process and select the personal gift option. Otherwise, participants can click on their personal page and donate button there at any time and make a donation.

Customizing the Web address for your personal page can make it easier for family and friends to find you. To do this, log-in to your Participant Centre from the homepage of sunrisechallenge.ca, then scroll down to the section titled ‘Personal Page’. Your personal page URL is the first item in this section. Click the blue ‘URL Settings’ button to customize your fundraising page URL.

Log in to your Participant Centre from the homepage of sunrisechallenge.ca. Scroll to the section titled ‘Your Fundraising Progress’. Select ‘Add’ and enter the donor's first and last name, their recognition name as it will appear on your fundraising page and the amount of their donation. Note: The amount of their donation will be added to your fundraising page total and if you are on a team, to your team's fundraising total. The amount of the donor's gift will NOT appear beside their name in your donor list.

You can send emails to thank your donors through your participant centre by doing the following:

  • Log-in to your Participant Centre from sunrisechallenge.ca
  • Click on “Compose Email” in the top menu bar
  • Click on “Unthanked Donors” in the menu bar on the right hand side of the screen
  • Select each donor you’d like to thank to draft your thank you email

Some companies provide corporate matching gift programs, where the company will financially match donations that their employees make to charitable organizations. When an employee makes a donation, they'll request the matching gift from their employer, who then makes their own donation. Sometimes, companies will even match what an employee raises. Each company will have their own matching gift guidelines, so be sure to ask your HR department if your company offers this program and what it involves.

$50+ | Sunrise Challenge Profile Pic Frame ‘Shining Star’ Social Filter [Digital]

If you raise $50 in eligible donations by Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EST, we’ll send you a profile pic frame to let others know you are a Shining Star for mental health. This reward will be delivered in time for event week.

$100+ | Sunrise Challenge Inspiration Kit [Printable]

Raise $100 or more in eligible donations by Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EST and you'll receive the social filter above plus our printable Sunrise Challenge Inspiration Kit—journal pages, gratitude cards, and recipes to help build your morning challenge with positivity! This reward will be delivered in time for event week.

$500+ | Above + Sunrise Challenge Inspiration Kit [Physical]**

The first 1,000 individuals to raise $500 or more in eligible donations for Sunrise Challenge 2022 will receive all of the rewards above plus a mailed Sunrise Challenge Inspiration Kit—a journal, gratitude cards, recipes, workout plans … and maybe a few extra surprises. This reward will be delivered in time for event week.

$1,000+ | Above + Sunrise Challenge Celebration Kit**

** While supplies last, participants who raise $1,000 or more in eligible donations by Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EST will receive a Sunrise Challenge Celebration Kit (hint: coffee and swag anyone?). This reward will be mailed after the event. You’ll also receive the rewards above in time for event week.

As per Canada Revenue Agency, for the purposes of determining your eligibility for incentive prizes, personal donations will be excluded in your fundraising total.

Eligible donations:

Online donations to individual participants processed on or before Monday, May 23 at 11:59:59pm EST are included in calculations to determine reward eligibility.

Ineligible Donations

Offline donations: Cheques and cash donations are NOT included in calculations to determine an individual participant's fundraising reward eligibility.

Team Donations: Donations towards a team are NOT included in calculations to determine an individual participant's fundraising reward eligibility.

Personal donations are NOT included in calculations to determine an individual participant's fundraising reward eligibility, as per Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

What if my donor intended to donate to me, but made a donation to my team instead?

For the purposes of fundraising reward eligibility, we must receive your request to credit the donation to your personal page by Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EST.

To request a donation credit, please send an email to sunrisechallenge@camh.ca by Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EST with the following message. Please fill in all of the details in [bold] to help us process your request.

My name is [insert first and last name here]. On [donation date], my donor, [insert donor first and last name, email address], made an online gift of [donation amount] to my team, [insert team name], instead of to my personal Sunrise Challenge fundraising page. Please credit the donation to me.

After Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EST, we will accept and process your request to credit the donation but it will NOT included in calculations to determine your reward eligibility.

What if my company made a donation to my team? Can we divide it between our team members?

Regrettably, we cannot accommodate this request for the purposes of fundraising reward eligibility. However, you are welcome to credit the donation on your personal page as an offline gift so that it is included in your personal funds raised. Note that by doing so, funds raised by the team will be inaccurate as the gift(s) will be counted twice on your team page total.

All eligible gifts received on or before Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EST will be counted toward individual participants' fundraising totals.

Profile Pic Frame ‘Shining Star’ Social Filter [Digital]: This reward will be delivered in time for event week.

Sunrise Challenge Inspiration Kit [Printable]: This reward will be delivered in time for event week.

Sunrise Challenge Inspiration Kit [Physical]: This reward will be delivered in time for event week.

Sunrise Challenge Inspiration Kit [Physical]: This reward will be delivered after event week, between June 20 and July 8, 2022. If you are technically eligible and do not receive this reward by mail by July 15, 2022, we truly appreciate you but unfortunately there were other participants who qualified for the reward before you. These kits are only available while supplies last.

Yes! If you donate online, your tax receipt is automatically emailed to the email address you provide at the time of donation. If you make a donation of $10 or more offline (cash or cheque), we will send your tax receipt through the mail. We are unable to issue tax receipts for donations less than $10.

If you donate online, your tax receipt will be automatically emailed to you within 24 hours of making your donation.

If you donate offline via cheque either dropped off at the CAMH Foundation offices directly or through the mail, tax receipts will be issued approximately 14 business days after receipt of the funds.

Please contact foundation@camh.ca if you require a duplicate of your tax receipt.

Contact us

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2022 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for rising with us to make the 2022 Sunrise Challenge possible. With their support, we’re accelerating progress in mental health research, improving access to care, and creating hope for people who live with mental illness every day.

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