Change Challenge


Rules and Regulations

The Change Challenge

Agreement: These rules govern The Change Challenge (“Contest”). No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. The act of entering the Contest constitutes acceptance of the contest rules and the decisions of the Contest judging committee, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Should the contestant not have internet access, please send your contact information, including your name, address, and phone number along with the other entry requirements outlined, to: The Change Challenge, C/O The Hamilton Spectator, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton, ON L8N 3G3.

Sponsors: The Contest sponsors are The Hamilton Spectator and SpecKids Unlimited, a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd.

Eligibility: The Contest is open to all residents of Ontario, who have exceeded the age of majority, except for anyone who is an immediate family member of or who lives with any employee of the Sponsor or its corporate affiliates, advertising or promotional agencies. Incomplete or illegible entries, bulk drop offs, photocopies, scanned copies, facsimiles or other mechanically or electronically reproduced entries will not be accepted and will be disqualified.

Contest: The Contest begins 6:00 a.m. September 2, 2014 and ends October 20, 2014 at 4:59 p.m. Readers are to enter the contest by going online to www.thespec.com/contests, read these rules, follow the instructions to enter and complete the application package. By entering the Contest, readers consent to the use of his/her name and city of residence in promotional ads and potential editorial coverage.

Prize: Up to three (3) winners will be selected and will receive a share of $25,000 in cash to complete the project outlined in their original submission. All winners will be contacted by email and/or phone by a representative of The Hamilton Spectator on or after the winners’ release in The Hamilton Spectator.

Release: Prior to receiving the prize, the winner will be required to show valid photo ID and to sign a declaration of eligibility and release form releasing the Sponsor and its related parties from any and all liability in connection with the Contest and/or the prize, confirming compliance with the rules and consenting to the use of his or her name and photograph, without further compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor and/or its advertising and promotional agencies. The signed form must be received by Sponsor within ten (10) days of notification or the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate entrant.

Privacy: We use your personal contact information to administer contests, including contacting, announcing and promoting prizewinners. Contests are run in compliance with The Hamilton Spectator privacy code.

Banning: The Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, prohibit any person from entering the Contest whom it believes to be abusing the rules. Such abuse includes entering false information.

Other: This Contest is governed by the laws of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein and is void where prohibited by law. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest or the Contest rules at any time without notice. All prizes must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and are not convertible to cash. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize or portion of the prize with a prize of equal or greater value. All prizes are awarded as-is and no warranties or guarantees are implied or expressed, beyond the standard manufacturer's warranty. Sponsor is not liable for any lost, late, misdirected or stolen entries or inability to process entries, or any errors, damage or negligence that may arise in connection with this Contest, including technical failures on the part of Contest software, virus, website down-time, human error or property damage incurred by any Contest entrant. Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest. Use of any automated system including robotic or form filling software to enter or participate in this Contest is prohibited and will result in disqualification of all entries by anyone using such assistance. If a dispute arises regarding who submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address provided at time of entry. Authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.


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A lone-parent family with one child lives on an annual income of about $10,000, before taxes.

Previous Change Challenge Winner

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It was a privilege to be chosen recipients of the SpecKids Change Challenge. This funding enabled Food4Kids to achieve several milestones, including extending our reach to include 75 additional children, at both Hess St and St David elementary schools. These wonderful children now receive healthy food packages each and every week filled with fruit, vegetables, soups, stews and grains. They say it takes a village to raise a child. We are so grateful to SpecKids Unlimited and the Hamilton Spectator readership for your vote of confidence in Food4Kids and helping to ensure that no child in our community will have to face another weekend, wondering how they will be fed.


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