Official Charities

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon…

…is proud to be a continuing supporter of charities. We have two levels in our charity program. Our Official Charities and the CHEK Charity Pledge Program.

Our three Official Charities are KidSport Greater Victoria, GoodLife Kids Foundation and the Pacific Autism Family Centre. Participants may choose to donate to these charities when they register. Tax receipts will be issued after October 8, 2017 when all donations have been completed, reconciled and remitted to each charity.


KidSport Greater Victoria

So ALL Kids Can Play!
Register and raise money to run for KidSport and you could win a Garmin vivofit as thanks for your efforts. KidSport is a not for profit charitable organization that raises funds to pay for sport 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 in life. To date, we have helped more than 9,833 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:

Contact: Jill Shaw
Phone: (250) 380.1518
Charitable Registration #:  862125986RR0003

Tax Receipts: KidSport will issue tax receipts to donors for donations collected through the event registration process of $20.00 and over. Receipts will be sent out after Race Day (October 8, 2017).

Pacific Autism Family Network

Autism Spectrum Disorder is the most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada, with approximately 1 in 68 children now facing diagnoses. The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) is a charitable organization with a mandate to serve the needs of all individuals and families in British Columbia affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder across their lifespan. Our goal is to ensure that that all British Columbians have access to essential state-of-the-art resources for assessment, treatment, education-support and research, by providing a “one-stop-shop” for families looking for help in their navigation of information and services. We are a “Hub and Spoke” modeled network, with our main 60,000 sq.ft building, the “GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub”, having opened in Richmond B.C. in November 2016, and our smaller spoke-like centres opening across the province in time. We are an inclusive charitable organization that collaborates with service providers, community agencies, professionals, vocational schools, academic institutions, policy makers and researchers.

Contact: Laura Lombardi (Vice President, PAFN)
Phone: 604-697-5323
Charitable Registration #: 82184-5286- RR0001

Tax Receipts: The Pacific Autism Family Network will issue tax receipts to donors for donations collected through the event registration process of $20.00 and over. Receipts will be sent out after October 8, 2017.

GoodLife Kids Foundation

GoodLife Kids Foundation raises funds to support national, provincial and local programs that provide ongoing physical activity opportunities for kids and that remove some of the barriers currently preventing children from living healthy, active lives. To date, GoodLife Kids Foundation has impacted the lives of over 240,000 Canadian kids through physical activity opportunities with the GoodLife4Kids School Program and the GoodLife Kids Grant Program. GoodLife Fitness covers 100% of our administrative and operational expenses so that every dollar raised will make the biggest impact on Canadian kids.

For more information or to make a donation – CLICK HERE.

Contact: Lisa Burrows, Executive Director
Phone: 519-661-0190, ext. 6273
Charitable Registration #: 89126 2628 RR0001

Tax Receipts: GoodLife Kids Foundation will issue tax receipts to donors for donations collected through the event registration process of $20.00 and over. Receipts will be sent out after October 8, 2017.

CHEK Charity Pledge Program

About the Program

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will celebrate its 38th annual event and the 14th year of the Charity Pledge Program this year. CHEK News’ Stacy Ross, is our honorary chair!

Over the past 14 years, over 1.7 million dollars has been raised.

See below for our 2017 charities. You can donate or join their pledge team!

Charity Coordinators are Carlene Thompson and Mandy Parker. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at


Autism Speaks Canada

Contact: Janet Anderson
Phone: 604-369-3471
Team Name:  Autism Speaks Canada

At Autism Speaks Canada, our mission is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism: to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. Autism Speaks Canada aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. In 2006, Autism Speaks became incorporated in Canada.  Autism Speaks Canada is governed by a Canadian board Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada have since grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

“Autism Speaks Canada is committed to improving lives today and transforming lives tomorrow.”

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 869420208

BC Cancer Foundation

Contact: Debbie Greenway, Development Officer – Community Events
Phone: 250-519-5552
Team Name: BC Cancer Foundation Crusaders

The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest funder of cancer research in B.C. Since 2010, Victoria marathon participants have helped raise over $62,000 in support of cancer research and care here in BC. This year with the help of our donors, we are raising funds for a much needed PET-CT scanner which will help medical specialists better diagnose and treat cancer patients here on Vancouver Island. Almost 1500 people per year must travel from the island to downtown Vancouver for a PET-CT scan. For those patients who are more fragile or who lack support, this journey can be immensely strenuous, if not impossible. We want to provide patients access to this important piece of equipment closer to home.

Help us reach our $10,000 fundraising goal this year!

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 11881 8434 RR001 (BC Cancer Foundation)

Cerebral Palsy BC

Contact: Ian Bushfield, Events & Development Coordinator
Phone: 604-408-9484
Team Name: Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

Since 1954 the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC has been supporting individuals living with CP and other disabilities to live a life without limits. In Victoria, we offer Dance Without Limits for children and Adapted Yoga for youth. We also provide support to people throughout BC through our Camperships, Tanabe Bursaries, Equipment Assistive Devices fund, Youth Navigator and family and individual support programs. By running in support of or donating to the CPABC, you will be helping to support people with disabilities in Victoria and across the province to maximize their potential. Join Team CPABC for our first year in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon!

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Charity Registration #106904204RR0001

Greater Victoria Housing Society

Contact: Kathy St. John, Director of Community Engagement
Phone: 250-384-3434, ext 34
Team Name: The Home Runners

The cost of housing is one of the top issues in our community. The Greater Victoria Housing Society is dedicated to providing affordable rental housing for seniors, adults with disabilities, families and working singles with low to moderate incomes. The tenants who live in our buildings have told us: “I don’t know where my son and I would be without you”; “you saved my life”; and “affordable housing has allowed our family to move forward in ways we could never have expected”. Having an affordable and safe place to live is essential to a person’s health and well-being. We currently provide housing for more than 1,000 people in 15 buildings across the Greater Victoria Region, and the need is growing. Support us in our work to increase affordable housing choices in our community by joining our team or by pledging your support! Click here to meet some of our tenants and to hear more about the work we do.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 10817 3238 RR0001 (Greater Victoria Housing Society)

Greater Victoria Lifetime Networks

Contact: Carlene Thompson
Phone: 250-477-4122
Team Name:  Greater Victoria Lifetime Networks

We live in a world abundant with opportunity.  Opportunities to see, explore, and share moments.  Moments that are often made when shared with a friend.  At Lifetime Networks we understand the importance of friendship as being one of the cornerstones to a fulfilling life. We create opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.  We provide friendship and support services so that all people can live rich and rewarding lives in our community – safely and with friends that care.  Because it’s more than the moment that matters, it’s who you share it with.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 873660625

KidSport Victoria

Contact: Jill Shaw
Phone: 250-380-1518
Team Name: Team KidSport

Register to run for KidSport, raise pledges, and you could win a Garmin Fitness Tracker! KidSport Victoria raises funds to cover sport registration fees for children from financially disadvantaged families. Sports activities provide opportunities for kids to learn teamwork, fair play, dedication and commitment – every $400 raised helps another child in need access sport! Whether you walk or run for KidSport, everybody wins.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 86212 5986 RR0003 (KidSport™ Canada)

MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of BC

Contact: Joanne Rogers
Phone: 250-744-8284
Team Name:  MOVE Adapted

MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C. is dedicated to providing a gym facility that is open to all persons that are marginalized by a physical disability, spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson, MS, brain injured and others. We set individual programs and our Therapist and volunteers are trained to work with all levels using specialized gym equipment. MOVE provides the opportunity to attain to the best of one’s ability a healthy quality of life.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 803368828RR0001


Contact: Melanie Winter
Phone: 250-386-6328
Team Name: NEED2 Prevent Suicide

NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support is a volunteer-driven and youth-focused organization that works every day to build a suicide-safer community through mental health literacy programs in schools, online crisis support for youth at, and through workshops and a support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Join the team, collect pledges, and help break down stigma, build networks of support, and save lives.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 11887 9790 RR0001 (Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria)

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Contact: Nicole Herring
Phone: 201-250-8440 (USA)
Team Name: Run For Our Sons

Run For Our Sons is the endurance fundraising program of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a non-profit whose mission is to end Duchenne, a fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood. We accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community. Join our team and run to give hope to those living with Duchenne.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 31-1405490

Special Olympics BC – Victoria

Contact: Andrea Boyes
Phone: 250-213-2023
Team Name: Special Olympics Champions

Special Olympics BC changes lives through the power of sport. Through our year-round programs and competitions, individuals with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. They find joy, confidence, and empowerment on the playing field and in life. Our sport, youth, and health programs for people with intellectual disabilities of all ages create opportunities to get active, improve their health, develop skills, and experience inclusion and friendship they often can’t find anywhere else. By getting access to sports, our athletes change their own lives and the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities.

Run for Special Olympics BC – Victoria to help us transform lives through the joy of sport. We will be on hand at the event to cheer you on and celebrate with you at the finish line.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 129472411 RR0001 (Special Olympics British Columbia)

Victoria Hospitals Foundation

Contact: Liz Fenje, Development Officer
Phone: 250-519-1750
Email: Elizabeth.Fenje@VIHA.CA
Team Name: Heroes for Hospitals

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation (VHF) is thrilled to once again be selected as one of the charity partners for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon!

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation raises funds to purchase priority needed medical equipment for Victoria General (VGH) and Royal Jubilee (RJH) hospitals. Every year, donations from the community help to fund hundreds of important pieces of diagnostic and treatment equipment that contribute to better patient care, faster diagnosis and more efficient treatment for the more than 765,000 Vancouver Island residents.

Last year, the funds raised at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon went towards the purchase of 72 pieces of advanced surgical equipment for the operating rooms at RJH and VGH.

This year, our goal is to raise $2,000 to support the purchase of more priority medical equipment, which will be identified in the early Fall.

Donate or Join our Team Today!

Registration #: 10793 5637 RR0001 (Victoria Hospitals Foundation)