Every year we face the challenge of meeting our financial needs. However, every year as we put our trust in God as our Provider, He is faithful to meet our needs. To God be the glory!

We are excited to bring to your attention the amazing opportunity every family has to participate in two fantastic OCS fundraising ventures: the Walk-A-Thon, and the T.R.I.P. program. In times past, both of these fundraisers have been vital to the financial health of the school, and we hope that this year they will exceed our expectations.

Many of you already know about T.R.I.P. (which started in 2004) and how it works, but for those who are new to the school or have not yet heard about the program, this is something you do not want to miss out on. You can even help OCS without having children enrolled at the school!

In a nutshell, here's how the program works: the school buys gift cards in bulk at a discounted rate from various retailers, and sells them at face value to the participants. (The cards are from retailers who stock everyday needs including food, clothing, gas, entertainment and more) The cards are then used just like cash at the participating retailer, and the net proceeds are kept by the school. Here’s the twist: every participating family is given an account in which their purchases are recorded, and 40% of the credit earned goes into this account, to be used towards the family's annual tuition. If you prefer, you can direct your portion of the savings to another family or to the school itself. The school will use the remaining 60% profit to reduce the operating deficit.

Here is a simple example:

If a family of three uses T.R.I.P. and on average purchases per month: $300 of groceries at Loblaws
$150 fuel at Petro Canada
$50 eating out at Swiss Chalet

The total profit would be approximately $21.50 a month, and approximately $8.60 of that amount would go towards a child's tuition if designated.

If a family of eight uses T.R.I.P. and on average purchases: $1200 of groceries at Loblaws
$200 fuel at Petro Canada
$200 at Shoppers Drug Mar

The total profit would be approximately $72 a month, and approximately $28.80 of that amount would go towards a child's tuition if designated.

Simply put, if all 121 families at OCS participated in T.R.I.P., and each family averaged just $40/month in profit (which is about $1,000 in gift cards), that would provide OCS families with over $23,000 towards tuition costs, and it would also provide OCS with almost $35,000 towards the operating budget. WOW!

We can accomplish more when we all join together. Let's ask our family, friends and neighbours to purchase gift cards through OCS and maximize the T.R.I.P. opportunity together and watch the amazing results unfold!

Program forms and frequently asked questions can be found below. If you have any questions, please email TRIP@OCSchool.org.

Registration Form

Email your completed form to TRIP@OCSchool.org or return it to the reception desk

Online Order Form

Set up Preauthorized Payment

Email your completed form to TRIP@OCSchool.org or return it to the reception desk

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the purpose of the TRIP program?
A: The goal of the program is to raise funds to both reduce tuition costs for families and offset operating costs of the school

Q: How do I sign up?
A: Fill out the sign up form (see our website) and turn it into the OCS office

Q: Can I order online?
A: Yes. There is a link on the OCS website for new orders. Orders will be filled when payment has been arranged.

Q: Does the program run through the summer?
A: Yes. Cards are available all year long, although orders for the summer months will be distributed in June while our volunteers are in the office. Monthly payments can be arranged for the summer deliveries.

Q: Where do the profits get used?
A: Savings accumulated by your purchases will be placed in your account and may be used in different ways. You can use savings to offset tuition of your child or another whom you designate (even before they go to school). You also have the option to donate your savings to be used for offsetting the school’s operating expenses.

Q: Can I still buy cards if I have no children attending the school?
A: Yes. You are free to designate your savings to support the tuition of anyone at the school or someone who will attend in the future or even to donate any savings to support the school.

Q: How often do you fill orders?
A: Some brands may be filled as soon as an order is received. Cards are ordered from our supplier every 2 weeks to cover the orders received.

Q: Can I set up a repeating order?
A: Yes. You can set up an order that is filled automatically every month. For other interval options, please contact us at TRIP@ocschool.org

Q: Can the cards be used outside of Ottawa?
A: Yes. The cards are not restricted to a particular city or province.

Q: What does the % listed on the form mean?
A: The percentage figure listed is the discount that the school is able to get on a particular card. Every card has its own rate depending on the deal negotiated with individual retailers through our supplier. Since the school buys at a discount and sells at full face value, the difference acts as a fund raiser. Of the funds raised through your purchases, 40% is accumulated in your account and the remainder is used to offset the school’s expenses.