Charity Walks Can Change the World, Raising Money and Awareness for Passionate Causes

Walking is a terrific way to exercise and stay fit. You feel good when you walk for fitness, and what better way to celebrate and share your health than joining a charity walk. Charity walks are regularly organized throughout the country and benefit a wide range of causes.

When you participate in charity walks, you can spread your compassion for vital causes and raise money to help change the world. Many charity walks are annual celebrations that bring together millions of like-minded walkers who can use their fitness and love of walking to benefit good causes.

Charity walks, sometimes known as cancer walks because they benefit research for cures for every form of cancer, benefit many different causes throughout the United States and the world. Some popular charity walks include:

  • AIDS Walk benefits many hard-working charities and medical research to help find a cure for HIV and AIDS
  • Memory Walk is organized by the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Pet Walk, organized by PetSmart Charities, helps anti-cruelty and animal shelters
  • Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a popular nationwide event that draws millions of participants
  • Relay for Life is organized by the American Cancer Society
  • Great Strides benefits research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis
  • Buddy Walk helps the National Down Syndrome Society
  • CROP Hunger Walk is a popular way to fight hunger and feed poor families
  • NAMIWalks benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Walk MS and Challenge Walk are both organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes benefits local rape crisis centers
  • Out of the Darkness Community Walks benefit the American Association for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

How Charity Walks and Cancer Walks Work and Where to Find Them

Charity walks are festive events that attract thousands of walkers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their causes. Every charity and cancer walk is staged as a celebration. All the walkers are in festive moods and the organizers provide free refreshments for participants. After the event, many charities have outdoor parties with live music and other entertainment, all to draw awareness of the cause.

Most have entry fees and offer ways for each participant to collect sponsors who pledge money. Typically, you have to find sponsors who pay a certain amount for each mile you walk in the event. The charity walk organization usually provides all the pledge forms you will need, and you can use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to gather sponsors.

Of course, if you don’t want to do the legwork to find sponsors, you can sponsor yourself. But getting your friends, family members, neighbors, acquaintances, work associates, and even complete strangers to pledge money for your favorite cause is inspirational, motivational, and fun. And you can use many methods to raise money:

  • Newsletters
  • Emails
  • Facebook posts
  • Tweets
  • Flyers
  • Press releases
  • Door-to-door walking excursions
  • And more

The more sponsors you find, the more money you raise for the cause. The charity organization will follow up to collect your sponsors’ pledges, so you don’t have to worry about that. All you have to do is walk in the event and have a great time at the after-walk party.

Charity walks let you use your love of walking to change the world.