The 36th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has announced its fundraising totals for the CHEK Charity Pledge Program (CPP). Now in its 11th year, CPP raised $122,591 from the 2015 event. The charities raise awareness and funds by encouraging individuals to run or walk for their individual causes, and by collecting pledges.
Over $1.5 million has been raised since CPP’s inception and this year 18 charities joined the program. The charities are BC Cancer Foundation, Greater Victoria Lifetime Networks; Headway – Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre; Help Fill A Dream Foundation of Canada; James Bay Community Project; KidSport Greater Victoria; Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation; MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of BC; MS Society of Canada; NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education & Support; Pacific Centre Family Services Association; Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy – Run For Our Sons; Special Olympics BC; Team Diabetes – Canadian Diabetes Association; USC Canada; Victoria Cool Aid Society; Wounded Warriors Run BC and Young Moms Program – YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria.
The top fundraising charity was KidSport Greater Victoria with $31,715. Second was Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy with $23,570, and third was the Special Olympics BC with $13,690.
“Thanks to the fundraising efforts from the Thrifty Foods Kids Run and the CHEK Charity Pledge Program, 110 kids from the Greater Victoria area will be able to participate in a season of sport that would normally be out of reach,” said Patti Hunter, General Manager, KidSport Greater Victoria.
The top individual fundraisers were: Milton Cassasco with Special Olympics BC – $7,495; Jennifer Maxwell with Move Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of BC – $4,070, and Fran Shields with Need2 Suicide Prevention Education & Support – $3,300.
Applications for the 2016 CHEK Charity Pledge Program will be accepted after November 30, 2015. Details will be posted on www.runvictoriamarathon.com