Photo by Chris Kelsall
Photo by Chris Kelsall

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