GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Official Charities
The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is proud to be a continuing supporter of local charities. We have two levels in our charity program. The three Official Charities are KidSport Greater Victoria, Raise A Reader, and GoodLife Kids Foundation.
KidSport™ So ALL Kids Can Play!
Register to run for KidSport and you could win 2 nights for 2 at fabulous Four Seasons Whistler Resort and Spa. KidSport is a not for profit charitable organization that raises funds to pay for sports registration fees for children from financially disadvantaged families. Sport and physical activities provide opportunities for kids to learn teamwork, fair play, dedication and commitment. Kids learn how to set goals and work to achieve them, all while having fun as they acquire important lifelong social and fundamental movement skills. Kids increase their sense of self-confidence and live happier, healthier lifestyles now and later on in life. To date we have helped over 5874 Victoria and area kids get on the playing field. Whether you walk or run for KidSport, everybody wins!
For more information on KidSport please visit our website at: www.kidsportvictoria.ca
Registration #: 862125986RR0003
The Times Colonist Raise a Reader program is a year-round initiative that raises funds for family literacy programs on Vancouver Island. Our commitment is to support programs that work to educate Canadians about literacy issues and how improved literacy levels have a positive impact on our country's economic and social well being. 100% of the money collected stays on Vancouver Island and funds are distributed to local literacy programs. Over 140 schools and organizations received funding last year with money raised from each of our Raise a Reader campaigns, including our Annual Book Drive and Sale, enabling them to purchase books and other valuable learning tools.
For more information or to make a donation ...
Registration #: 805497005RR0001
GoodLife Kids Foundation is a private foundation with a vision for every Canadian kid to have the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. 100% of the money you donate to GoodLife Kids Foundation goes to helping Kids across Canada get active and healthy! GoodLife Fitness Clubs covers all of our administrative and operational expenses so that every dollar raised will make the biggest impact on the lives of Canadian kids.
To date the GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program has given over $1 MILLION to over 100 organizations and helped almost 200,000 Canadian children. GoodLife Kids Foundation encourages registered charities with programs that fit the giving criteria to apply for grants!
For more information or to make a donation VISIT www.goodlifekids.com.
Today one in every 90 children in Canada is diagnosed with autism.
Autistic children often exist in a world of isolation; unable to relate to the people around them or enjoy the routines we all take for granted for our children-going to school, playing with friends, telling their parents they love them.
But there is hope! The Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group, under the direction of Dr. Derrick MacFabe was founded in 2003 with funding provided by David Patchell-Evans. Now that commitment has grown to a personal donation of over $4 million. The team continues to unfold important new findings that are receiving global attention. Recognized by the Canadian Medical Association in 2007 with its Medal of Honour, David Patchell-Evans and Dr. MacFabe continue to build collaborations between scientists and concerned citizens around the world.
For more information, please visit:
Registration #: 108162587RR0001 (The University of Western Ontario)
2014 CHEK CHARITY PLEDGE PROGRAM
In 2014 the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon celebrates its' 35th Anniversary and the 10th year of the Charity Pledge Program. Every year we choose charities to partner with to provide a fundraising platform in conjunction with the event. In June 2013 we surpassed $1,000,000 in funds raised for the charities since 2006 and we are well on our way to the second million.
This year we have a new honorary chair from our new title sponsor, CHEK News. We look forward to welcoming Tanya Smith to the finish line this year!
Our goal is to encourage people to participate in any one of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon's four running events while raising funds for the official charity of their choice.
In 2013, the top 3 Pledge Collectors were:
- Sister Lucy, Mount St. Mary Foundation: $6,333.
- Corbin Andrew, Lifetimes Networks: $4,105.
- Dan Ethier, MS Society: $3,468.
We want to congratulate all of the pledge collectors, donors and sponsors of the Charity Pledge Program and encourage everyone to aim high in their fundraising efforts and help their charity of choice to raise both awareness and money.
2014 Returning Charities
- Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division
- BC Cancer Foundation
- BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
- Canadian Diabetes Association - Team Diabetes
- Every Step Counts
- Headway - Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre
- Help Fill A Dream Foundation of Canada
- James Bay Community Project
- KidSport Greater Victoria
- Lifetime Networks
- Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation
- MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.
- MS Society of Canada
- NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education & Support
- Oaklands Community Centre
- Pacific Centre Family Services Association
- Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
- Phoenix Human Services Association
- Recreation Integration Victoria
- Times Colonist Raise A Reader
- USC Canada (Run for Biodiversity)
- Young Parents Support Network
|ARTHRITIS SOCIETY, BC AND YUKON DIVISION|
Contact: Trish Duncan, Fund Development Coordinator
Team Name: Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years. Dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis, The Society is Canada's principal health charity providing education, programs and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing more than $185 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. For more information, visit www.arthritis.ca.
Registration #: 108071671RR0008
|BC CANCER FOUNDATION|
Contact: Debbie Walsh, Development Officer, Special Events
Team Name: BC Cancer Foundation Team
The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we raise funds exclusively for the BC Cancer Agency that enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.
Support cancer research right here on Vancouver Island by registering to fundraise here.
Register or Donate Today!
Registration #: 118818434RR0001
|BC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION|
Contact: Renata Hindle
Team Name: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Since 1982, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has worked with children, families, caregivers and hundreds of thousands of British Columbians to raise funds to support BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion – to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children’s Hospital every day.
Registration #: 118852433RR0001 (British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital Foundation)
|CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION - TEAM DIABETES|
Contact: Mandy Khara
Phone: 604-732-1331 ext. 247.
Team Name: Team Diabetes
Team Diabetes has raised over $32 million for the Canadian Diabetes Association to support research, education, advocacy and programs like camps for children with Type 1 Diabetes. Sign up, raise funds and help us make a difference in the lives of the 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes!
Registration #: 118830744RR0001
|EVERY STEP COUNTS|
Contact: Gillie Easdon
Team Name: Team CCFC
Operated through the Victoria Cool Aid Society, Every Step Counts is a walking/running program for people experiencing barriers and challenges with mental health, substance use, poverty, housing and other related issues. Drawing on the wide-reaching and long-lasting benefits of physical activity, improved nutrition and team work, Every Step Counts fosters self-esteem, improved health and community participation and reduces the social isolation often associated with poverty and disability. Every Step Counts addresses the health and social needs of many of our most vulnerable community members. For more information visit www.CoolAid.org/esc
Victoria Cool Aid Society has been building homes, lives and community since 1968.
Registration #: 128205069RR0001 (Victoria Cool Aid Society)
|HEADWAY - VICTORIA EPILEPSY AND PARKINSON'S CENTRE|
Contact: Barb Gilmore
Team Name: HeadWay Supporters
Since 1986 Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre has welcomed and assisted people affected by the neurological disorders of epilepsy or Parkinson's. They are not related conditions, but affect all ages of people. As a non-profit society and by sharing administrative resources, we focus your donation dollars on helping people directly; to talk to you about these neurological conditions and find the best way to manage your life and feel well. Just ask our members!
Run, Walk, Cheer with us in the Victoria Marathon! Make a pledge.
Help us broaden our communities' understanding and acceptance of living with epilepsy or Parkinson's.
Register or Donate Today!
Registration #: 119284032RR0001
|HELP FILL A DREAM FOUNDATION OF CANADA|
Contact: Craig Smith
Team Name: Dream Team
Help Fill A Dream offers hope to Vancouver Island children with life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their Dreams, improving their quality of life and assisting their families with care and financial support.
Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. A child’s dream may be a trip to Disneyland or to meet their favourite celebrity or sports figure; while for their parents, the dream may simply be to spend time with their child as they undergo medical treatment or to make life more comfortable when they come home.
Since 1986, your donations have supported over 2,000 children.
Registration #: 118955830RR0001
|JAMES BAY COMMUNITY PROJECT|
Contact: Kaye Kennish, Executive Director
Phone: 250-388-7844 Ext. 311
Team Name: James Bay Community Project Runners
The James Bay Community Project is a charitable non-profit organization. Our mission is to build healthy, inclusive community in James Bay and beyond by operating and facilitating programs and services that support families, youth, seniors, and other community members.
We operate an integrated community health and social service centre actively serving the James Bay community and surrounding neighbourhoods since 1975.
Our programs and services include:
For more information or to make a donation please visit www.jbcp.bc.ca.
Registration #: 118972702RR0001 (James Bay Health and Community Services Society)
|KIDSPORT GREATER VICTORIA|
Contact: Jill Shaw
Team Name: Team KidSport
Register to run for KidSport and you could win 2 nights for 2 at fabulous Four Seasons Whistler Resort. KidSport raises funds to pay for sports registration fees for children from financially disadvantaged families. Sports activities provide opportunities for kids to learn teamwork, fair play, dedication and commitment. Whether you walk or run for KidSport, everybody wins!
Registration #: 862125986RR0003
Contact: Carlene Thompson, Director of Resource Development
Team Name: Lifetime Networks Cruisers
Lifetime Networks - Lasting friendship and support for people with disabilities.
Drew loves his independent life! His circle of lasting friendship and support makes this possible. Friends save him from isolation, enrich his life with new experiences, increase his confidence and validate him as a giving, kind and caring person.
For his parents, Lifetime Networks provides immeasurable relief and peace of mind when contemplating Drew's future without them.
Lifetime Networks needs the participation of the community to raise the vital funds necessary to make Networks like Drew's truly last a lifetime.
Drew is walking for his future. Walk or run beside him.
Register or Donate Today!
Registration #:873660625RR0001 (Greater Victoria Lifetime Network Society)
|MOUNT ST. MARY FOUNDATION|
Contact: Paula Greene/Barbara Newton
Team Name: Mount St. Marythoners
The Mount St. Marythoners support the residents at Mount St. Mary Hospital who need long term health care and are living with M.S., Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other complex health conditions.
Join today and the money you raise will help residents receive the very best in hospital care.
Get involved! Give the gift of comfort and dignity!
Walk, run and pledge with the Marythoners and when you cross the finish line you will achieve a personal best because every stride you take will make a difference!
Registration #: 883615809RR0001
|MOVE ADAPTED FITNESS AND REHABILITATION SOCIETY OF B.C.|
Contact: Joanne Rogers, Secretary
Team Name: Team On The MOVE
MOVE is an adapted fitness and rehabilitation centre specializing in exercise and therapy for adults and children with physical disabilities. Our assisted therapy programs are tailored to the special needs of individuals with spinal cord injury and other neuromuscular conditions, caused by stroke, heart attack and other physical challenges.
We also bring awareness and knowledge to the public of the gains of assisted therapy in the improvement to health and quality of life for those with physical disabilities. For more information: www.moveadaptedfitness.ca.
Registration #: 803368828RR0001
|MS SOCIETY OF CANADA|
Contact: Reesa Hinks
Phone: 250-388-6496 x. 7322
Team Name: End MS Runners
You lace up your shoes, open the door and step outside and start to run. Your legs move freely, you have good vision, your balance is stable and you run because you can! Multiple sclerosis affects 100,000 people across Canada. It causes scarring on your central nervous system preventing messages from getting from the brain to the rest of the body. It has taken away many people's ability to run. There is no known cause and there is no cure.
This year run for those living with MS and give them hope that they too will run along beside you one day soon. Help end multiple sclerosis with every stride you take. Join the End MS Runners today.
Registration #: 107746174RR0001
|NEED2 SUICIDE PREVENTION EDUCATION & SUPPORT|
Contact: Chris Holt
Team Name: NEED2 Prevent Suicide
This is NEED2's fourth year being involved with the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Last year our amazing team of runners helped to raise over $12,000 for NEED2. Please join our team, NEED2 Prevent Suicide, to help us reach our fundraising goal of $15,000.
All funds raised will directly support our Suicide Education and Awareness programs which include prevention workshops in middle and high schools all across Greater Victoria, and online support for youth at www.youthspace.ca.
Help us to break the silence and end the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide.
Registration #:118879790RR0001 (Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria)
|OAKLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE|
Contact: Sharlet Strandlund, Community Development Coordinator
Team Name: Team Oaklandia
Oaklands Community Association has been supporting the community since 1999. Oaklands is dedicated to providing quality programs, projects and facilitating meaningful interactions that contribute to the health, physical improvement and the vibrancy of the Oaklands neighbourhood. Join our team!
Registration #:882929946RR0001 (Oaklands Community Association)
|PACIFIC CENTRE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION|
Contact: Mitzi Dean, Executive Director
Team Name: PCFSA Running for Westshore
Supporting youth and families is our core!
The funds raised will help us respond to youth who need help but don't know who to turn to. With the support from the marathon we will respond to hundreds of inquiries from youth through face to face and email counselling, and will develop our services with the input of youth, such as running groups and exploring video counselling.
Get involved! Give the gift of help for youth. Help us promote healthy lifestyles!
Walk, run and pledge with Pacific Centre Family Services - you can make a real difference.
Registration #: 119075372RR0001
|PARENT PROJECT MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY- RUN FOR OUR SONS|
Contact: Nicole Herring
Phone: 201-250-8440 (USA)
Team Name: Run For Our Sons
Run For Our Sons is the endurance fundraising team of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit focused entirely on Duchenne. Run For Our Sons has raised millions of dollars to fund research, advocacy, care and education efforts to help those with Duchenne live stronger, longer lives. Join our team and go the distance to end Duchenne!
Registration #: 31-1405490 (USA)
|PHOENIX HUMAN SERVICES ASSOCIATION|
Contact: George Klukowski, Executive Director
Team Name: Phoenix Phlyers
Everyone can shine!! At Phoenix Human Services, we are privileged to support children, youth, adults, caregivers and families who struggle to make ends meet.
Our programs recognize that all individuals are unique and that solutions are often found by creating opportunities together to build on their own strengths and resourcefulness.
We are fundraising to provide both life-changing opportunities for children and youth and emergency necessities for youth, adults and families.
For more information, visit us at www.phoenixhumanservices.org.
Please join us to help some our most vulnerable community members to have their day in the sun.
Registration #: 810569277RR0001
|RECREATION INTEGRATION VICTORIA|
Contact: Emily Boardman, Coordinator of Services
Phone: 250-477-6314 ext. 202
Team Name: Equalizers
Recreation Integration Victoria is committed to a community where all people have equal opportunities to participate.
We are recruiting participant's that will help us raise $10,000 to support our: Inclusion Service for Children and Youth, ensuring children and youth with disabilities have opportunities to attend generic community-based programs and services; and our Volunteer Services.
Visit our website for more information.
Join us! Make a pledge and improve someone's quality of life!
Together, we'll make a difference.
Registration #: 136337326RR0001 (Victoria Integration Society)
|TIMES COLONIST RAISE A READER|
Contact: Tanya Chasse
Team Name: TC Newsprinters
The Times Colonist Raise-a-Reader program is a year-round initiative that raises funds for family literacy programs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Over $306,000 was distributed to 161 schools and organizations in 2013 with money raised from each of our Raise-a-Reader campaigns, including our Annual Book Drive and Sale. These funds enable the purchase of books and other valuable learning tools for libraries, classrooms and specific programs for people struggling with literacy. - www.timescolonist.com
Donate Today! Click on 'Victoria' under Fund/Designation.
Registration #: 805497005RR0001
|USC CANADA (RUN FOR BIODIVERSITY)|
Contact: David Rain, Run for Biodiversity Coordinator
Phone: 1-800-5656-USC, ext 231
Team Name: Team R4B
Let's celebrate World Food Day by Running or Walking for Biodiversity in Victoria!
You can support USC Canada's innovative work with seed-saving farmers in remote regions of Nepal.
We're helping farmers grow more food for their families, in ways that are kind to the environment and nurture biodiversity.
Target fundraising goal: $5,000.
Registration #: 119276129RR0001
|YOUNG PARENTS SUPPORT NETWORK|
Contact: Margo d'Archangelo
Team Name: Awesome Possums
Young Parents Support Network (YPSN) serves parents aged 13 - 29 years (and their children) in the Greater Victoria area!
YPSN works to meet the needs of the young parent community through parenting programs, as well as one-to-one services for pregnant youth and vulnerable young parents.
We Believe...that everyone has the right to have their needs met. This means respect, dignity, nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, clean water, education, meaningful employment opportunities, a living wage, honest information and other resources to create a happy fulfilling life.
Registration #: 899037998RR0001
June 13, 2013 - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Officially Launches 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program with Fundraising Announcement. The 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, with the announcement that since 2006, the program has reached the $1 Million mark in fundraising. Nineteen charities will be participating this year. The 2013 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
June 11, 2013 - The 34th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon invites you to a Media Conference to officially launch the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. June 6, 2013 - Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program Media Launch: You Are Invited! Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street.
Feb 20, 2013 - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon announces 19 Charities to participate in the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. (Victoria, BC - February 20, 2013). Nineteen charities will be participating in the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. This is the eighth year that the highly successful Charity Pledge Program has been adopted by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. It is the third year that the Times Colonist has been the title sponsor for the program. In 2012, 20 charities participated in the Charity Pledge Program raising just over $195,000. Since 2006, just under $1 million has been raised by the combined charities.
Nov 21, 2012 - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announces 2012 Charity Totals. (Victoria, BC - November 21, 2012). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has announced its charity fundraising totals from the 2012 event. The combined total from the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program, donations from the Victoria Marathon Society and participant donations totaled $325,500. The 2012 event was held on Sunday, October 7th.
June 7 - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon officially launches 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. (Victoria, BC - June 7, 2012) The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today. This is the seventh year that the highly successful program has been adopted by the Marathon and 20 charities will be participating this year. Since 2006, $792,000 has been raised by the combined charities. The 2012 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
June 4 - MEDIA ADVISORY: The 33rd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon invites you to a Media Conference to officially launch the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. Thursday, June 7, 10:00 am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. Meet the 20 charities that are involved in the Marathon this year, and hear how individuals can join a team and raise money for these great causes.
June 1 - Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program Media Launch. Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:00-11:00am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. Go to the Facebook event here.
Jan 31, 2012 - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon announces 20 Charities to participate in the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (Victoria, BC). Twenty charities will be participating in the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. This is the seventh year that the highly successful Charity Pledge Program has been adopted by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. It is the second year that the Times Colonist has been the title sponsor for the program. In 2011, 22 charities participated in the Charity Pledge Program raising $180,000. Since 2006, $792,000 has been raised by the combined charities.
Nov 16, 2011 - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announces 2011 Charity Totals (Victoria, BC). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has announced its charity fundraising totals from the 2011 event. The combined total from the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program, donations from the Victoria Marathon Society and participant donations totalled $319,500. The 2011 event was held on Sunday, October 9th.