Photo by Chris Kelsall
Photo by Chris Kelsall

GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has announced that 19 charities will be included in the 2016 CHEK Charity Pledge Program. The charities raise awareness and funds by encouraging individuals to run or walk for their individual causes, and by collecting pledges. Now in its 12th year, the program has raised over $1.5 million dollars since its inception.

The 19 charities are: Alzheimer Society of B.C.; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada (ALS Canada); Canadian Diabetes Association – Team Diabetes; Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation; Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria (NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support); Greater Victoria Housing Society; Greater Victoria Lifetime Networks Society; Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada; KidSport Victoria; Mount St. Mary Hospital (Marie Esther Society); MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.; Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada; Special Olympics British Columbia Society; The Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy Research Inc.; Victoria Brain Injury Society; Victoria Cool Aid Society (Every Step Counts); Victoria Hospitals Foundation; Victoria Integration Society (Recreation Integration Victoria), and Wounded Warriors Canada.

“Everyone runs, walks, volunteers and cheers for a different reason. Some want to get a personal best time or they participate because they can,” says Cathy Noel, General Manager, GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. “Getting out the door to train is that much easier when you have a plan to follow so I challenge all of you to not only set your time goal, but choose a charity and set a fundraising goal – help make a difference.”

“We tell stories on CHEK News everyday about people in this community who are struggling. That’s why it’s so great to be part of this amazing program,” says Tanya Smith, Community Relations Manager, CHEK News. “The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is not just about a run, it’s about extending a helping hand to those who need it.”

For more information on the individual charities and the CHEK Charity Pledge Program go to: