FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announce 2011 Charity Totals
(Victoria, BC - November 16, 2011). 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 totaled
$319,500. The 2011 event was held on Sunday, October 9th.
The Marathon has four Official Charities: KidSport Victoria, Postmedia
Raise-a-Reader, GoodLife Kids Foundation and the Kilee Patchell-Evans
Autism Research Group.
Twenty-two charities also participated in the 2011 Times Colonist Charity
Pledge Program (CPP) - the sixth year that this program has been adopted by
the Marathon. "The 22 charities worked hard to recruit and support new
runners and walkers to the event this year, and at the same time give those
participants the option to collect pledges, with 100% of those pledges
going to the charity," says Cathy Noel, General Manager of the GoodLife
Fitness Victoria Marathon. "The CPP raised over $180,000 this year bringing
the total monies raised by the Program since 2006 to $792,000.
Congratulations and thank you to friends, families and colleagues that
supported the participants in not only their goal to cross the finish line
but also their fundraising goals."
The CPP charities raise awareness and funds by encouraging individuals to
run or walk for their individual cause, and by collecting pledges. The 22
charities were the BC Cancer Foundation, BC Schizophrenia Society -
Victoria Branch, Beacon Community Services (FASD), Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Victoria, CFAX Santas Anonymous, CHOICES Adoption and Counselling, Every
Step Counts, KidSport Greater Victoria, Lifetime Networks Victoria, Missing
Children Society of Canada, Mount St. Mary Foundation, Need2 Suicide
Prevention - Education and Support, Pacific Centre Family Services
Association, Postmedia Raise-A-Reader, Raincoast Conservation Foundation,
Recreation Integration Victoria, The Arthritis Society - Joints In Motion,
TLC The Land Conservancy, Threshold Housing Society, Victoria Hospice and
Palliative Care Foundation, Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre, and
Victoria Women's Transition House Society.
The top three fundraisers in the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program
were: Archie Louis from KidSport Victoria who raised $11,475; Sister Lucy
Dumont from the Mount St. Mary Foundation - $9,202, and Sheila Elworthy
from Big Brothers Big Sisters - $8,615.
"I am looking forward to the 2012 Charity Pledge Program and helping large
and small charities in our community to raise money for their cause. Now
is the time to apply," says Noel.
Application forms and selection criteria for the 2012 Charity Pledge
Program can be found on www.runvictoriamarathon.com/sponsors/charities.php.
The deadline to apply is Friday, December 9, 2011.
The 33rd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon takes place Sunday,
October 7th, 2012; in addition to the Marathon there is a Half Marathon, 8K
Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. For more details, visit