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Event Info

  • On Saturday October 10th, 2017, Jessica Reid, our Co-Founder and Executive Director of Programming & Research will begin our eleven-day, 400 km walking marathon from Queens Park in Toronto to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The goals of Feet for FEAT are to increase awareness on the need to support children affected by parental incarceration in Canada and raise funds to support FEAT’s Family Visitation Program, which provides vital support and helps children maintain healthy relationships with their imprisoned parents. Our programs have shown to increase children’s self-esteem, improve mental health and reduce the devastating cycle for the innocent children and families left behind.

 

  • On the opening day of the walk – our children, families and teams of supporters in our community will join Jessica in walking the first 5 kilometers in downtown Toronto and taking a step for each child across this country who is forced to face the devastating effects of parental incarceration. Together, we are taking steps to:
    •  Support all children who are left behind
    •  End the stigma  
    •  Break the cycle

 

  • Each day, there will be multiple teams of supporters who will walk a mile for children of incarcerated parents. From previously incarcerated parents to FEAT mentors, community leaders and adults who were affected as children --- each will show their support for the children left behind.

 

  • Take the Mile Challenge to be a part of the journey and help create an international awareness on the need to support children of incarcerated parents in your community and on social media. #FEATMileChallenge #FeetforFEAT

 

  • 100% of the funds raised will help FEAT provide supportive programs to optimize the outcomes of children affected by parental incarceration.

 

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The Need

• Each year, over 375 000 children in Canada are affected by parental incarceration.

• Despite the growing number of these at-risk children, the resources available are nearly non-existent. Without support, children of incarcerated parents have an elevated risk of suffering from mental health issues, dropping out of school and becoming in conflict with the law.

• Fostering, Empowering, Advocating, Together, (FEAT) for Children is the only organization in Canada developed to provide supportive programming tailored to the unique needs of children affected by parental incarceration. Currently, FEAT supports over 1000 families in Ontario through the provision of vital programming.

 

FEAT’s Bus – A Vital Component to Supporting our Kids

• FEAT’s bus is integral to supporting children and youth through our After School Program, Peer Mentorship Program and Empowerment Retreats.

• Every weekend, our bus travels with children and their caregivers from Toronto to Federal and Provincial correctional institutions in Southern Ontario to enable family visits.

• To operate the bus, we rely on our sponsors and donations to provide free transportation for the children we support.

 

Walking to Make a Difference

• For the past 2 years, the founder of FEAT for Children, Jessica Reid has walked from Toronto to Ottawa for children affected by parental incarceration. This year, Jessica will begin and end the first relay for children of incarcerated parents in Canada. Our 400km Feet for FEAT relay will start from Queens Park in Toronto at 4pm on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday, October 10th 2017.

• The aim of the relay is to increase the awareness of the need to support our children across the country and raise funds to provide our vital supportive programs. To increase the magnitude of impact, members of the community, social service clubs, and corporations have been invited to register teams to walk a leg of the relay, take the FEAT mile challenge or pledge their support for the innocent children left behind.

• Jessica will walk the opening 43-kilometers with no shoes as the majority of children affected by parental incarceration have no support across Canada. Teams will continue to take steps for our children by walking one of the 41 legs (~10kms) en route to the nation's capital. Together, we will arrive at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, October 20th, 2017.

• Supporters who are unable to participate in the relay are invited to take the #FEATMileChallenge by walking a mile for children of incarcerated parents, posting their support on social media and making a donation to FEAT for Children. 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards providing supportive programs for children affected by parental incarceration.

To learn more about Feet for FEAT, how to register a team, take the mile challenge or become a sponsor, please contact Jessica Reid by phone @647-627-1171 or via email at jreid@featforchildren.org

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Individual Sponsors

Any donations over $20, will automatically receive a tax receipt.

For only $25 - you can help a child visit their parent who are longing to see through our Family Visitation Program. 

$100 - You can support a child in our Peer Mentorship Program for one month! Each week, children receive help with homework from trained mentors, engage in sports, arts and mentoring activities and participate in educational excursions (e.g., trips to the zoo!).

$250 - You can enable one child to receive vital support and create memories for a lifetime with others who share similar journeys in our four day Empowerment Retreats. Our retreats provide children with the opportunity to experience the healing properties of the natural environment, participate in a variety of team-building and empowering activities (e.g., canoeing, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding) and learn healthy coping strategies. 

Corporate Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors, please click below to view and
download your brochure that outlines how you can help!

To learn more about Feet for FEAT, how to register a team, take the mile challenge or become a sponsor, please contact Jessica Reid by phone @647-627-1171 or via email at jreid@featforchildren.org

Register a Team

Join the Journey

In a few simple steps, you can join the journey to make a difference for the innocent children left behind. 

 

  1. Create a team of four or more!

 

  1. Complete the team registration and pledge forms either online or download the pdf forms. Team registration forms can be submitted online, emailed to jreid@featforchildren.org or in person to FEAT's Office at 215 Horner Ave., Toronto, ON, M8Z 5C7.

 

  1. Raise a minimum of $100 per team to support FEAT's bus and the delivery of vital programs for at-risk children. Pledges can be collected until the end of the event on Friday, October 20, 2017. Team prize announcements will be made on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. 

 

  1. Share your journey and use the hashtags #FeetforFEAT2017 #Walkingtomakeadifference #JointheJourney #FeetforFEATRelay #KIPLivesMatter #FEATMileChallenge to support children affected by parental incarceration!

 

Together we can build brighter futures -- one step at a time!

 

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Team Registration

Feet for FEAT 2017, is a 400km walkathon from Toronto to Ottawa, designed to increase the awareness and raise funds to support programming for children affected by parental incarceration. To join the journey, you must register a team with at least four members and raise a minimum of $100 per team member. Each team can choose which day(s) they would like to take the mile challenge for the innocent children left behind. Teams must submit their registration forms via email to jreid@featforchildren.org. or in person on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. 

Prizes will be awarded to:

  • The team who raises the most funds per person
  • The team who walks the furthest
  • The team with the most members

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Pledge Form

Together we can help to build brighter futures for the innocent children left behind.

Pledges are based upon participation, not kilometres. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20. Sponsor names, addresses and postal codes are required in order to receive a tax receipt. For those who would like a tax receipt, please make cheques to the FEAT for Children. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to provide supportive programming for children affected by parental incarceration who face multiple barriers to success. 

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The Mile Challenge

By taking the Mile Challenge, you are helping to increase awareness on the need to support children affected by parental incarceration across the world and reduce the stigma faced by these innocent victims. In Canada, 350 000 innocent children are separated by a parent in jail. While, 1 in 14 kids in the United States have a parent behind bars. Even in 2017, children of incarcerated parents are forced to face the trauma, shame and stigma – alone. The social isolation coupled with experiencing the devastating challenges of parental incarceration plagues children’s self-esteem and mental health, hinders academic achievement and often perpetuates the devastating cycles of abuse, violence and criminality. If you are unable to participate in the relay, you can still show your support in the journey to make a difference, by:

1. Walk a mile (2000 steps) and keep track of your steps with a step counter, watch or app (e.g., Health app on iPhone, Pedometre Free for Blackberry or WalkLogger Pedometer for Android users)

2. Take a selfie with your step counter, walking to make a difference or of your feet that took the mile challenge! Post your pictures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #FEATMileChallenge #FeetforFEAT2017 #Walkingtomakeadifference #JointheJourney #FeetforFEATRelay #KIPLivesMatter

3. Tag 10 friends to take the #FEATMileChallenge within 24 hours and join the journey to make a difference! If you are unable to complete the challenge within 24 hours, please donate $10 to help support vital programs for children affected by parental incarceration @ https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/feat-for-children/. FEAT is the only organization in Canada providing supportive programming for the innocent children left behind. Together we can help to build brighter futures. 

 

For those who want to help raise funds to support vital programs to optimize the outcomes of these at-risk children,
please click here to make a make a donation:

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Jessica's Blog

  • To assist in raising awareness and gaining the support of the community, Jessica will be writing a blog throughout the marathon.

  • To follow Jessica’s blog, please click the link below:
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Feet for FEAT 2016

Jessica Reid, the Co-Founder of FEAT for Children of Incarcerated Parents is embarking on a 10-day, 400 km walkathon from Ryerson University in Toronto to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The goal of the walk is to increase awareness of the need to support children affected by parental incarceration and raise funds for vital supportive programming to help build brighter futures for the innocent children left behind. This blog will be a platform to share Jessica' journey to make a difference.




On Sunday June 4th, 2016, Jessica Reid, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of FEAT for Children of Incarcerated Parents, will embark on a ten-day, 400 km walking marathon from Ryerson University in Toronto to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The goals of Feet for FEAT are to increase awareness on the need to support children affected by parental incarceration in Canada and raise funds for vital supportive programming to help build brighter futures for the innocent children left behind.

The Feet for FEAT blog will share Jessica's personal journey to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable children in Canada. 

To learn more about FEAT for Children and to join the journey, please visit: www.featforchildren.org 


Author: Jessica Reid

Past Events

2015

  • On Sunday June 7th, 2015, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Programming & Research at FEAT, Jessica Reid embarked on a ten-day, 400 km walking marathon from Ryerson University in Toronto to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. City TV provided coverage on the opening day ceremony of the event. The walkathon received attention on social media and Jessica was interviewed on radio stations which helped to raise awareness across North America!
  • Jessica walked an average of 40 kilometres a day. Together with the support of compassionate Canadians, Feet for FEAT was successful in increasing the awareness of the need to support children affected by parental incarceration in Canada
  • With the generosity of Canadians from coast to coast, over $20k was raised for FEAT's bus which is integral to the provision of all of FEAT's supportive programs.

2014

  • Jessica walked 260 kilometres from Toronto to Kingston over 7 days.
  • With the support of our sponsors and generous donations from Canadians across the country, $20k was raised last year which enabled FEAT to lease a bus to support our kids!

For more information on Feet for FEAT and how to join the journey,
please call (416) 505-5333.

With the help of compassionate Canadians, we can make a difference in the lives of some of the most at-risk children in our country.

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