About The Weekend
One Weekend, One Province,
“While we were walking the 60kms we came across one family with a sign held by one little child that said, Thank You Walkers You Saved My Mommy” ~Perry Rockburn, Weekend Walker
One Fight to End All Women's Cancers.
Thanks entirely to YOUR efforts, in 6 short years, and a combined 11 incredibly successful Weekend events in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta Cancer Foundation has invested more than $22 million dollars into cancer care, treatment, and research throughout the province! Simply, the critical funds you have raised since the beginning is unprecedented. It’s historic. And the movement against women’s cancers has flourished into a life-changing, difference-making mission.
Now, we are evolving yet again. As our mission has already expanded to help all women, we are now asking the entire province to join our historic endeavour. Walkers, Crew, Volunteers, friends, family, in 2011 our journeys will finally merge as Alberta unites in ONE FIGHT TO END ALL WOMEN’S CANCERS! That’s right — Alberta is joining forces to take this unforgettable battle province-wide. With buses leaving from Lethbridge, Red Deer, Calgary, and Edmonton, the whole province can now unite in one fight to end all women’s cancers. We’re counting on each and every one of you to help lead the way and join us for the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers in Calgary July 23-24 2011!
Together we will multiply our impact, broaden awareness of our battle to end breast and gynecologic cancers, and accelerate our journey towards a cancer-free future for all Albertans.
One Weekend truly can make a lifetime of difference — join us as we embark and make your journey easier than ever in 2011! Earn $100 credits for reaching mini- fundraising milestones and referring new walkers. Start building your Weekend Circle For Hope
and step by step you’ll achieve success and be able to join us in the provincial celebration next July.
Learn more about:
The Walker Experience
“I am excited about the 2011 walk. My whole family is walking again. It is
the most remarkable feeling to cross that finish line after walking 60 kms & know that what you
have accomplished will make a difference in someone's life.” Mary Higgins, Weekend
For Walkers, the Weekend is an experience that begins the day you register
to participate. This is when you will receive your very own web page and have access to all
the tools available in your participant centre. This is when you’ll set your fundraising goal, start building your Circle for Hope, begin preparing for the physical challenge, and become a
true part of our Weekend Family.
As a member of this family, you’ll be an important advocate for as you raise money and spread awareness of the important work they are doing for all women. You’ll also have many opportunities to meet and network with other walkers when you attend Get In Step Sessions, Training Walks, Foot Clinics,
Pink Martini Nights, and much more!
Your dedication in the weeks and months leading up to event Weekend will culminate in our
2-Day celebration and 60km walk on
A Weekend You'll Never Forget!
Day One (Saturday)
The energy and enthusiasm build on Saturday morning as Walkers assemble for check-in,
enjoy a continental breakfast, and warm-up with stretching before the inspirational Opening
Ceremonies. During Ceremonies, we’ll commemorate those who have lost their battle to cancer
and celebrate the lives that are being saved because of your participation.
The walk then begins as you journey approximately 32km through some of the most beautiful
and interesting areas of . Along the way,
you’ll be fully supported with pit stops, snacks, hydration stations, relaxing lunch, cheering crowds, and staff to ensure your safety.
The day’s walk ends upon arrival at camp where you’ll be cheered-in by supporters. But the fun doesn’t stop there! You will enjoy a relaxing massage, a hot catered dinner, and medical TLC, if required. Plus, you’ll enjoy entertainment including a lively runway show and dancing until lights out. For 2-Day walkers who want to spend the night, an enjoyable camp equipped with hot showers and 2-person tents will be provided.
Day Two (Sunday)
After a hot breakfast, you will enjoy another day of approximately 28km and receive all the
same support as on Day One. When you arrive at the finish line you will receive a hero’s
welcome from friends, family, and the community who are there to celebrate your amazing
achievement…not only for completing 60kms, but also for the difference the money you raised is making in the lives of *their* families and friends affected by women’s cancers.
The Weekend concludes with Closing Ceremonies to honor, thank, and celebrate you for your
tremendous achievement towards ending ALL women’s cancers.
2-Day Walkers: Enjoy the full 2-Day experience and raise at least $2,000
each for .
1-Day Walkers: Enjoy the full Day One (Saturday) experience including
dinner and entertainment and raise at least $1250 each for .
Flex for The Weekend, Join Crew!
Crew Members give their time over a weekend to make the Weekend an amazing experience for everyone involved! Whether they have been a part of the Crew before or not, they encounter a time in their life that likely becomes a “once in a lifetime” memory.
Being a Crew Member means having an impact on the lives of others and creating an amazing memory, not only for themselves, but for everyone involved! By becoming a part of the Crew, you will make a difference in the fight against women’s cancers OR cancer!
Crew can register as a team, and can be part of a team with Walkers as well. Crew is a two-day commitment and Crew Members are required to attend an All-Crew Meeting on the Friday before the event in preparation for the event.
Please note: You must be at least 16 years old to be a Crew Member.
Join us, day or evening, in our office for various Volunteer opportunities.
If you would like to be a leader of your Crew Team, we encourage you to be a Captain. This will increase your participation with your team and help you see thru the efforts that your team makes on the event!
We have some specific teams who need to perform Crew duties on the Friday of the event. For those with flexible schedules, these are the teams for you!
The event would not survive without the many supplies we use. We need those interested in driving large trucks to volunteer to drive (with a buddy) and make the event a success!
Doctors, Nurses, Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Podiatrists and more are needed to help ensure the physical safety and well being of the Participants on the event.
More Opportunities for Involvement!
Please contact your Crew Coach at or
to find out more about being a part of the Crew.
Or register online
to join the Crew now!
The Weekend Volunteer
Volunteers contribute their time, expertise, and skills to make The Weekend as great as it is for our Walkers. Some Volunteers help before the event by supporting Get In Step Sessions,
speaking to people at outreach events, leading Training Walks and helping at The Weekend
office. Others help on-event.
An army of dedicated Volunteers help us to produce an amazing experience for our Walkers. They greet you at Opening and Closing Ceremonies with gracious smiles, lend helping hands on the route and at Camp. The Weekend Volunteers are truly heroes before and during the event.
Volunteering is not only a great way to make a difference, it's a chance to change lives.Register as a Volunteer today!
(There is no registration fee.)
Throughout the year, there are many details that are taken care of behind the scenes by
our staff and especially our Volunteers. This effort goes a long way to making The
Weekend seemless. Check the details below and see what you can do as a Volunteer. Sign up and
start your journey today.
Join us, day or evening, in our office for various Volunteer opportunities.
Alongside hundreds of hardworking and energetic
heroes, you will set up and take down tents for the tired Walkers.
This is a great
opportunity for students to receive their Volunteer hours, youth groups to get involved, and
Girl Guides and Scouts to earn their badges.
Training Walk Leaders:
Training Walk Leaders should have the
flexibility to adjust routes and walks to fit a variety of participant fitness levels, a
dynamic personality to enforce safety regulations, and the enthusiasm to make participants feel
comfortable and successful on each Training Walk.
You will assist Walkers on their journey by
helping out on event at Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Check back soon to find
an Event Volunteer Flyer. Post these flyers around the neighbourhood to help us recruit
more Volunteers to support our Walkers on the event!
Get In Step Volunteers:
These Volunteers partner with Staff to
support Get In Step Sesssions in your area.
Help with check-in, handing out T-
shirts, and provide fundraising or training support.
For More Opportunities:
Call us at to find out
more about Volunteer programs in your area.
Or register as a Volunteer online
(There is no registration fee.)
Download our transportation flyer here!
Friday, July 22, 2011:
6:00pm Edmonton & Lethbridge departures
7:45pm Red Deer departure
- box dinner provided on bus
- overnight parking available (parking rates may apply) at departure location
- bus will drop participants at camp where they can camp out on Friday night.
- bus will also stop at host hotel for anyone who prefers to reserve a room at their own expense
Edmonton Cross Cancer Institute - 11560 University Avenue
(located at 87th Avenue & 116th Street), Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H6.
Mewburn and Green Lot, East entrance into Cross Cancer Institute. Go North and turn Right after overflow parking lot.
Overnight parking is available for approximately $25 for the entire weekend. Parking at the Cross Cancer Institute for Weekend Participants is FREE!
Red Deer - Red Deer Regional Airport
Red Deer County No. 23
AB T4S 2G4
Pick Up Location: Main Terminal
Parking at the Red Deer airport is free of charge.Participants may park and leave their vehicles from Friday night until Sunday night.
Lethbridge - TBD
Saturday, July 23, 2011:
6:30am If walkers elected to stay at the host hotel, shuttle will take them to opening ceremonies
8:00pm Shuttle for one day walkers returns to Red Deer, Lethbridge and Edmonton
Sunday, July 24, 2011
4:30pm Shuttle returns to Lethbridge, Red Deer and Edmonton. Boxed dinner will be served on bus.
Envision busloads of Weekend Walkers departing from cities across the province and converging in Calgary for a weekend celebration of their collective achievement in raising millions of dollars for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Envision a vibrant community that embodies the heart of Alberta beating together in unison! One Weekend, one province, one fight to end all women's cancers.
Now, with so many great things, how can you resist joining this journey? Visit our Become a Walker page for all the ways you can be a part of The Weekend!