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Why Jump

Jump Rope for Heart celebrates its 40th birthday this year, thanks to the support of millions of parents, teachers, students and donors.

Jump is about kids helping kids bringing together hundreds of thousands of kids across Canada every year in physical activity to build healthy habits for life!

In the spirit of keeping families and teachers healthy and safe, we are supporting schools in holding their Jump Rope for Heart event in school or virtually at home.

Fundraising has never been easier! Teachers and students can sign up and conveniently fundraise online, and your Jump team provides all the tools and resources you need. Take a leap and sign up today!

Why we support Jump

Check out some of our amazing supporters and why they love Jump:

Rachel Everett

Jump Teacher and Stroke Survivor

“I have been running Jump Rope for Heart for 4 years and it is an event that I prepare my class for all year with lessons of empathy, healthy habits, and community. I was a healthy 31-year-old, at home with my husband and 2 kids when I suffered a massive ischemic stroke. My speech slurred, my face drooped, I felt dizzy and lost my balance. It was terrifying.

Thanks to therapists, doctors, and researchers, I have been able to learn how to walk, talk, eat, and smile again. My stroke is the reason that I am now so passionate about running Jump Rope for Heart at my school.

Check out Rachel’s video here.

Seth

Jump Ambassador and Cardiac Arrest Survivor

Jump is all about kids helping kids like 10-year-old Seth. When Seth went into cardiac arrest at school in March 2021 while outside at recess, the principal began CPR, and then used an AED to restart Seth’s heart.

After many weeks in the hospital, and surgery to place an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in his chest, Seth’s prognosis is good.

Seth’s teachers, classmates and friends dedicated their 2021 Jump Event to Seth, raising over $10,000 and proudly declaring #wejumpforseth.

Read Seth’s story here or watch the video.

Katelyn Starr

Jumper and Canadian National Jump Rope Champion

“I’m the current Canadian National Jump Rope Champion. I first started jumping when I was 10 when Jump Rope for Heart came to my elementary school.

When I first started, I was only able to do basic jumps, but almost 8 years later, I am now able to do advanced jumps! Jump rope is a great way to stay heart healthy.”

Check out Katelyn’s video here.

Alex Holton

Jumper and Heart & Stroke Employee

“In university, I got a stark reminder of my connection to heart disease and stroke when a routine trip to the doctor revealed an eight-centimeter dissection in my ascending aorta. Forty-eight hours later, I underwent lifesaving surgery and went from a healthy young adult to recovering cardiac patient. The change hit me like a ton of bricks.

Today I share a passion for movement with thousands of students as a coordinator for the Jump Rope for Heart program. This year, as students Canada-wide get jumping at school- jump, walk, swim, run and find the joy in movement. It might just save your life.”

Denny & Josie Morrison

Jumper, Olympic Medalist and Stroke Survivor

“I’m a stroke survivor, three-time Jump Rope for Heart participant and four-time Olympic medalist so I understand the value of physical activity. That’s why I love that Jump Rope for Heart aids in children’s development of healthy daily habits and provides essential knowledge on heart and brain health.

Thanks for standing up for children across Canada to make sure they have an active and healthy future.”

Check out Denny and Josie’s video here.

Jan Steinberg

Jump Teacher and Daughter of a Father who Survived a Heart Attack

“I am a teacher and have worked with Jump Rope for Heart for almost twenty years. A couple of years before I started at this school, my father was having heart pains, and a few months later, had a heart attack.

Whenever we run a Jump event, I think of him. I love seeing students enjoying the event day with friends, and love that we learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Through Jump Rope for Heart, I hope we can continue to work to beat heart disease.”

Tara Alexander

Jumper and Heart & Stroke Employee

“I jumped as a kid in the mid-late 80s at a rural Elementary School in B.C.’s interior region. I really loved the fun energy it brought to our school.

As a Jump Coordinator, I work with numerous teachers and administrators that are so passionate about the program and love being ambassadors for Heart & Stroke, teaching our youth about healthy habits. I love jumping with the kids and seeing their eyes light up as their hearts get pumping while doing Jump Rope activities.”

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Madeleine

Jump Ambassador and Cardiac Arrest Survivor

“At the age of 5, I had a cardiac arrest and was diagnosed with a rare type of arrhythmia. Because of my health condition, I can’t do any cardiovascular exercise, so I complete modified activities so I can participate in Jump Rope for Heart.

I’m an ambassador for this great cause! I know that staying healthy is very important: playing in the park with my friends and riding my bike are my favourite activities to stay active. Congratulations to Jump Rope for Heart on its 40th anniversary and thank you for helping kids like me!”

Nina Ewasko

Jumper and Heart & Stroke Employee

“My journey with Heart & Stroke first began as a young student in Fort McMurray in 1983 participating in Jump Rope for Heart. As heart disease had impacted family members, the importance of the awareness to cardiovascular health hit home.

Flash forward 40 years, I am now lucky enough to be part of Heart & Stroke as a Relationship Specialist and share the Jump experience with generations to come, including my own son.”

Here’s how it works:

  • Join us and register online, either with your school or as a family as part of the “National Jump Team.”
  • Check your email to fundraise and learn more with new healthy activities for schools and families from HeartSmart Kids.
  • Celebrate together by watching our digital Kick-Off Assembly and Event Day video. Stay tuned to jumpropeforheart.ca for more information!

Choose the journey that’s right for you:

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FAQS

We’ve tried to answer many common questions below, but if you need additional help, please get in touch.

Parents

Due to the continued uncertainty in schools, we are empowering schools to decide if they want to host an in-person event at the school or a virtual one. It is important for schools to follow the provincial or territorial public health recommendations.

Student safety is a top priority. Schools should follow local health guidelines as it relates to this year’s event. Ideas for activities that include physical distancing will be provided to schools to help ensure safety. Teachers can also host the Event Day virtually if they prefer or if it is recommended by their provincial or territorial government, public health, or school board.

Yes, you can! Just simply join the “National Jump Team” and follow the steps in the Parent Checklist found on Families' Corner.

Please note: The National Jump Team Thank You prizes will be ordered June 17, 2022. If you have any questions, please email jumprope@heartandstroke.ca.

Jump Rope for Heart is not just about skipping. We encourage everyone to get moving any way that they can during their event. You can dance, play hopscotch, run, get out your hula hoop, or do anything else you can to move your body. Check out this Jump Activity Guide for more ideas.

We appreciate your courage! Sharing your story inspires compassion, gratitude, hope, and generosity in others. Thank you. Please share your family’s story with jumprope@heartandstroke.ca and start the subject line with “Our Family Story”. Be sure to include your province, town and school in the body of your email so that we can connect you with a Heart & Stroke representative.

Yes! Jump Rope for Heart is an online only fundraising program for the following reasons:

  • It is a safe way for children and families to collect donations. We want to keep families and teachers safe and are following guidance from public health authorities to help make sure people are physical distancing and limiting in-person contact. We've also heard concerns from parents and teachers alike about children carrying money on their person or going door-to-door in neighborhoods without parental involvement. It is also a secure way for children and families to collect donations from friends and family who live far away.
  • It is more efficient and advantageous for schools to fundraise online. When students collect their donations online, teachers and administrators spend less time collecting and counting pledge envelopes. This means that Thank You Prizes will be received sooner! It is also easier for schools to track progress towards their school goal online, as they can view online donations in real-time and download a complete fundraising report on the school’s total online impact and top online fundraisers.
  • It is an efficient and sustainable way for donors to give. When a donor gives online, they receive an electronic tax receipt immediately to their inbox for a seamless experience - no postage or transport is required and filing is paperless!
  • It helps Heart & Stroke save on administration, meaning more dollars can go directly to our cause. It also keeps everyone safe from exposure as cash does not have to be handled and counted.

We strongly encourage parents to support their children’s fundraising efforts by asking for support from family, friends, work colleagues and close neighbours online. For tips on how to get started online, please visit Families' Corner.

To join your child’s school and start fundraising online, please follow these instructions.

Further instructions are available here, questions 3, 4 and 5 to help you set-up your child’s personal fundraising page, share their personal page link, and email their fundraising page to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.

If you have questions or experience technical issues, please contact jumprope@heartandstroke.ca.

To start registering another child, you can log in to your first child’s account and use the “Register Another Child” button in the “Command Centre” section of their Participant Centre homepage. If you make a donation to your first child before registering another, you can also use the “Register Another Child” link provided on the donation confirmation page.

Alternatively, you can search for their school here and read the tips below.

  • If you use the same email address to register another child, please be sure to use a different Username and First name.
  • Parents have enough to remember! Use the same passwords for all of your child’s accounts and keep their Username in an easy-to-find place like a desktop note or personal email draft.
  • We know it’s tempting (or maybe a reflex), but don’t save the password to your children’s accounts on your web browser. It can make it difficult to login and logout between children.
  • Always logout before leaving the website. This will make it easier to switch between multiple accounts.

To update your child’s personal page, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your child’s Participant Centre
  2. On the left upper side of the screen, you can see a blue highlighted “What to do next” section. Click on the first option listed underneath, which is called “Customize your Personal Page with a story about why you are raising funds for Heart and Stroke”.
  3. A new window will open where you can edit the Title and Body of your child’s personal page. Once you click “save,” you will then see a message that “You have successfully updated your goal” and can click on the “X” to close that window and return to your Participant Centre.
  4. You can also add a photo or video by clicking “Update Media” in the Personal Page section.

Tip: Your child’s Participant Centre will time out after 20 minutes, so it might be best to write your updates in advance, then and paste them to your “Personal Page” tab.

To find your child’s personal page link, please follow these instructions:
  1. Log in to your child’s Participant Centre In the lower right section of the home page, you will see “Personal Page”.
  2. There you will find the URL link to your personal page.
  3. Highlight and copy this link to your clipboard and paste it into the text, email or social post you’d like to share

To email your child’s personal page, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your child’s Participant Centre
  2. Click “Email” from the menu bar on the left side of the home page
  3. Click “Compose Message” and select one of the pre-written emails provided under the “Use a Template” dropdown menu.
  4. Customize the greeting with your supporter’s name and the salutation with your child’s name
  5. You can choose a layout towards the bottom of the page to include the Jump Rope for Heart logo
  6. Click “preview and send” Preview the email and click on the “Send” button at the top of the window

In order for your Facebook Fundraiser to be recognized and credited towards your child’s fundraising efforts, it needs to be set up a certain way. Click here for steps on how to successfully set up your fundraiser.

Please note that funds raised through Facebook Fundraisers cannot be counted towards Thank You Prizes due to the amount of time it takes for Heart & Stroke to receive the funds from Facebook

Donors may have donated to your child’s school or the general Jump Rope for Heart campaign rather than to your child’s personal page by mistake.

To ensure all donations are made to your child’s personal page, please share their personal page by following these instructions.

If a donation was already made and is not appearing on your child’s personal page, please provide the following information to jumprope@heartandstroke.ca to assign the donation to your child:

  1. Child’s First and Last Name
  2. Child’s School
  3. Donor First Name
  4. Donor Last Name
  5. Donation Amount

Once a donation has been made, we are not able to split the donation between fundraisers. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Your support of Jump Rope for Heart helps make it possible for Heart & Stroke to achieve our mission of promoting health, saving lives and enhancing recovery. Together we are funding research breakthroughs that tangibly improve Canadians’ heart and brain health.

Check out our "Impact" section here to learn more about where your donations go.

We offer online Thank You Prizes as a reward to students who reach their fundraising goals, a ‘thank you’ from Heart & Stroke for their efforts, and a form of encouragement to stay physically active long after their Jump event is over. Online gift cards are awarded to students who reach graduated fundraising levels and we hope that they are redeemed for fitness-themed products.

Some participating schools decide to opt-out of individual prizes for students. Please check with your school to see if they are offering online Thank You Prizes in their Jump Rope for Heart program.

Online Thank You Prizes will be given to students who reach their fundraising goals as our token of thanks for their efforts, and an encouragement to stay active after Jump is over for this year.

Online gift cards will be awarded to students who reach graduated fundraising levels. Online prizing means less work for teachers, and students and families can choose which online gift card they’d like to have as a prize. When prizes are redeemed for fitness-themed products, the healthy habits of Jump become the gifts that keep on giving!

If your child’s school offers prizes, then you’ll receive an email to the address used to register your child 4-6 weeks after their Jump Event. This email will prompt you to visit the portal, enter your redemption code, and select your online gift card from the available options: Indigo, Amazon.ca, Toys “R” Us and Walmart.

Indigo, Walmart and Amazon.ca cards are electronic gift cards that are emailed within 24-48 hours of your selection. Toys “R” Us cards are plastic gift cards that are delivered via post approximately 7 to 10 business days from the time of your selection.

All of the online gift cards can be redeemed online or in-store.

All online thank you prizes for the National Jump Team will be ordered by June 17th. This allows all students on the National Jump Team to fundraise up until this date. If you have any questions, please email jumprope@heartandstroke.ca.

For all gift card inquiries, please contact jumprope@heartandstroke.ca

Teachers

The choice is yours. We want to provide teachers with as much flexibility as possible, and will be providing you with resources that will enable you to run Jump in-person, virtually, or both! These resources can be found on Teachers Corner. If you have any questions or experience technical issues when you register, please contact jumprope@heartandstroke.ca.

Yes! Jump Rope for Heart is an online only fundraising program for the following reasons:

  • It is a safe way for children and families to collect donations. e want to keep families and teachers safe and are following guidance from public health authorities to help make sure people are physically distancing and limiting in-person contact. We’ve also heard concerns from parents and teachers alike about children carrying money on their person or going door-to-door in neighborhoods without parental involvement. It is also a secure way for children and families to collect donations from friends and family who live far away.
  • It is more efficient and advantageous for schools to fundraise online. When students collect their donations online, teachers and administrators spend less time collecting and counting pledge envelopes. This means that Thank You Prizes will be received sooner! It is also easier for schools to track progress towards their school goal online, as they can view online donations in real-time and download a complete fundraising report on the school’s total online impact and top online fundraisers.
  • It is an efficient and sustainable way for donors to give.When a donor gives online, they receive an electronic tax receipt immediately to their inbox for a seamless experience - no postage or transport is required and filing is paperless!
  • It helps Heart & Stroke save on administration, meaning more dollars can go directly to our cause.It also keeps everyone safe from exposure as cash does not have to be handled and counted.

We have lots of fun things planned for Jump Rope for Heart this year! Here are a few things to look forward to:

  • Jump’s 40th birthday celebration!
  • NEW “Our School Has Heart” award: The school with the most healthy habits days tracked per student will receive a $5,000 voucher to purchase any equipment that supports student physical movement.
  • NEW “Our Family Has Heart” prize: Families who sign up for Jump online will be automatically entered into a draw to win a grand prize that includes a Discovery Parks Canada Pass and a $1,500 voucher for an outdoor equipment store.
  • Enhanced registration kit: To help you join in our 40th birthday celebration, there will be some exciting special elements added to your registration kit, to be used as prizes or to encourage healthy habit tracking and fundraising. Or you can incorporate those special items into Event Day, we will supply you with a list of ideas!
  • Virtual touchpoints: Please add jumprope@heartandstroke.ca to your list of safe senders to ensure you don’t miss any important updates and information about your event.
  • NEW Participant Centre: We listened to your feedback and launched a brand-new user-friendly Participant Centre that makes it easy to track your school’s fundraising and reach out to your supporters. Also, you can find a range of how-to tutorials and videos, and extra features like pulling reports to track your students’ fundraising or healthy habit tracking. You can also set up a school page with your fundraising goal to encourage and excite your students!
  • NEW EASY Online Challenge: Use the new EASY Online Challenge on the website as a fun tool to teach kids about EASY Healthy Habits. Find even more resources on our website.
  • Updated website: We have updated our Jump site to better support you, your students and their families in education, learning and fundraising!
  • Continuing our Jump give-back program: To thank YOU for your support and hard work, participating schools continue to get 10% of net fundraising dollars back, or earn points redeemable for sports equipment, learning materials like robotics kids, and more!

Check out Teachers Corner to learn more!

Teachers now enjoy the flexibility to run the Kick-off Assembly and Event Day events on any day they choose, and either in-person, virtually, or a mix of both. So we have developed a dynamic, fun video series to walk teachers and students through the program. Big bonus: your moderators are the cute animated characters Heartly and Hallie! Plus, teachers can use the customizable Kick-off Assembly PowerPoint template which allows you to enter your own fundraising goals, spirit booster and personal connections to Heart & Stroke.

The safety of your students is a top priority for us. That is why you will be able to choose if you run your Event in person or virtually. To assist you with an in-person Event Day, we have created a list of suggested activities that you can do that allow you to stay physically distanced, but it will be up to each school to ensure they are following local public health and school board rules and policies.

Yes, we are! We will continue to offer the options of a 10% cheque back, HeartSmartPoints™ (Wintergreen gift cards), or donate back to Heart & Stroke. Please check out Teachers' Corner for more information.

Student safety is a top priority. Schools should follow the guidelines of their provincial or territorial government, local public health authorities and their school board for a safe event. Ideas for activities that include social distancing will be provided to schools to help ensure safety. Teachers can also host the Event Day virtually.

Protecting kids’ health is our top priority at Jump Rope for Heart! We have designed a program that allows for schools to run Jump in-person or virtually. We encourage schools to continue supporting Jump virtually if the school moves to 100 percent online learning, using the resources we provide and support from your Heart & Stroke Representative to run the event in a virtual setting.

You can sign-up your school for Jump here.

If you have any questions or experience technical issues, please contact jumprope@heartandstroke.ca

YYes! To help you celebrate Jump’s 40th birthday, with us, your kit will include both items you’ll need to run your event, along with some exciting special birthday items. These items can be used as prizes to encourage healthy habit tracking and fundraising, or you can incorporate them into Event Day. We will supply you with a list of ideas!

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way schools communicate with parents and students. All Jump materials that were previously provided on paper are now conveniently available as customizable PDFs, which can be found here.

Your Registration Kit will look a little different this year, but we will send one to you leading up to your Kick-off Assembly. Since we are moving to online only fundraising and Thank You Prizes this year, your Registration Kit will not include pledge forms or samples of online Thank You Prizes. But, you will still receive your t-shirts, paper hearts, and more!

We will only be accepting online funds this year. Please encourage your students and their families to fundraise online. We will be providing tools & resources to help you communicate with families about this change.

If you do receive cash or cheque donations, please reach out to your Heart & Stroke Representative or email jumprope@heartandstroke.ca for next steps.

Fundraising for Jump is optional, but encouraged! By fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart, you’re collecting donations that fund critical research that’s saving lives, preventing heart disease and stroke, and supporting survivors and their families.

There are two types of fundraising reports:

  1. “School donations” the report shows all donations made to your school’s Jump Event.
  2. “Team Roster” report includes detailed information about each of your school’s registered participants, including the amount that each student has fundraised online.

To access the reports:

  1. Log in to your Participant Centre.
  2. On the left side of the panel, halfway down the page, you will see two tabs: one that says, “Me” (which is your personal page) and one that says, “My School.” Select the tab that says, “My School.”
  3. On the lower left side of the main panel, you will see “School Donations”. Click on the orange button on the right showing an arrow pointing down.
  4. The “Team Roster” report is on the right-hand side, under your school page text and picture. Click on the orange button on the right showing an arrow pointing down.
  5. The reports will open in Excel once downloaded and can be saved to your computer.

Tip: Did you know that you can also access a healthy habit report to see how many of your students are tracking their healthy habits and which healthy habit is being tracked the most?

Donors

If the student you wish to support has created a personal fundraising page at jumpropeforheart.ca, you can simply search their full first and last name on the  Donate page,  under ‘Donate to a Student’. For privacy reasons, only school names will return in the search results. Student names will not appear. Select the school that the student you wish to support attends from the results. If two students at the same school have the same name, multiple records for the same school will return with different grade numbers.

Alternatively, you can ask the student for a link to their personal fundraising page and donate directly there.

To make an online donation to a school, simply search for the school you wish to support under ‘Donate to a School’ on the  Donate page.

Yes we do! We accept all credit cards online, including American Express.

All online donors should receive an electronic copy of their tax receipt to the email address provided on the Donate page. Sometimes receipts are automatically filtered into Junk folders by your email provider, so be sure to check there too.

If you do not receive an electronic tax receipt for your online donation, please contact jumprope@heartandstroke.ca and provide your first and last name, email address, province, the first and last name of the student you wish to support, and their school.

Once a donation has been made, we are unable to split it between fundraisers. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Your support of Jump Rope for Heart helps make it possible for Heart & Stroke to achieve our mission of promoting health, saving lives and enhancing recovery. Together we are funding medical breakthroughs that tangibly improve Canadians’ heart and brain health.

Together we are funding research breakthroughs that tangibly improve Canadians’ heart and brain health. Read more about your impact or the answers to the questions we hear most frequently from donors and people considering making a donation.

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