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 We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

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Please join us for our 2nd Annual Walk Off the Turkey for Thrive 5km Walk/Run/Stair Climb

Date: Sunday October 18, 2020

Time: 2pm (Hamilton, ON EDT)*

Location:  VIRTUALLY, Anywhere, You Choose!

We're asking for participants to take part safely wherever they are - following safe physical distancing guidelines, and wearing a mask, if necessary, given where they choose to complete their 5km run/walk/stair climb.

Please consider inviting friends and family from all over the globe, to participate. Wherever they may be, we will all start at 2pm EDT. 

Prizes to be awarded:

  • participant who completes their 5km from a location farthest away from Hamilton. 
  • highest pledge earner. 

Pledge forms can be found here (link to fillable PDF) and can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. once completed. We ask that collected funds be sent via e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....or dropped off at the Thrive office before 1pm on event day. 

For this year's event we're asking participants to send photos/video of their journey (by sending pictures, you give permission for their image/video to be posted on Thrive's social media platforms). Of course, we also hope that participants will post about the event to their own personal social media platforms using the hashtags: #walkofftheturkey, #wottforthrive, and #virtualfundraiser  

We hope you will also purchase a “Hamilton is Thriving” t-shirt to wear on event day! Photos/video clips with t-shirt wearers will be another way to 'link us all together' during the event even though we will be apart. 

Visit our website if you haven't already picked one up and would like to! 

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