Event Details


Step Up for Hope is an annual charity marathon where participants – or as we like to call them, Foot Soldiers – participate in 8 hours of movement… or at least give it their best shot. Foot Soldiers are required to raise money through pledges or donations in order to participate. We are aiming to have a minimum of 100 participants moving in their own home or can join us in person at our main venue. We offer a flexible break schedule, with entertainment segments to enjoy while you break to eat or drink between movement sequences. The schedule will offer a full day of movement classes for 3 levels, the general public, the beginner/intermediate dancer as well as the intermediate/advanced dancers who are looking to work with new choreographers and fitness instructors.


My sister Emilie Joinette died from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 22, after two double lung transplants. We are raising funds to help individuals with CF. With movement, they have a chance to defer lung transplant. We can lengthen their life span by helping them find the right trainer/life coach to guide them on their journey. 

When & Where

Saturday, September 28th, 2024. Join us from your home or in person at our LIVE location, Walter Baker Centre. The day will begin with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m., followed by 8 hours of guided active movement classes, and ending with a closing ceremony at 5:00 p.m. Follow the link that best suits your level for all live classes. You will have access to all three links during the day, so feel free to jump from one level to the next if you wish to find the live classes all day. Please note that all classes will be recorded. We will also have live music to help us break up our day.

Become a Foot Soldier

To register, select the “Become a Foot Soldier” button, make the commitment to raise funds and take on the challenge, sign up and click SUBMIT. It’s that easy!  

If you want to participate with some friends or family, you may register as a Foot Soldier Team. When registering at stepupforhope.com, include your team name along with your name. Be sure to let people know your team name when asking for pledges.

Each Foot Soldier or Team is responsible for raising money through pledges. Your pledgers will be able to donate online on our PLEDGE A FOOT SOLDIER page. If you are collecting cash or cheques, please use the PLEDGE FORM from the INFO/SPONSORSHIP GUIDE.

A foot soldier or team who raises a minimum of $1000.00 will have access to the day’s events, receive 1 t-shirt (per $1K raised), a bag of goodies (including a free class from Top Rock Virtual Fitness), coupons for businesses, chances to win draw prizes throughout the day, and some great prize packs (the prize packs will be for the top 5 participants who raise the most funds). 

A Foot Soldier or Team who raises less than $1000.00 will have access to the day’s events only.

There is no registration fee.

Our Day

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Our event is run by volunteers. Guest Instructors are offering our fundraiser a discount from their regular rates, some offering their services for free. Our goal is to have our corporate sponsorship contributions cover all event expenses so that 100% of the money raised by the Foot Soldiers go directly to CF Canada and The Ottawa Hospital’s adult cystic fibrosis clinic.