Charity Challenge team surpasses goals at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k
Months of training and fundraising paid off for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Charity Challenge team at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k on June 23, when both fundraising and personal goals were exceeded.
Society staff members and friends challenged themselves to take on the 21.1- and 5-k courses while raising funds to support people affected by dementia. Lauren Fletcher, Senior Development Officer for the Society, shared the inspiring process of overcoming health challenges and training for her first half-marathon over social media before well surpassing her fundraising goal and finishing strong on Sunday. Janine Willemsen, Support and Education Coordinator for the Society and long-distance caregiver to someone living with dementia, ran the half-marathon in honour of others facing the disease, and also reached far beyond her personal fundraising goal.
Long-time supporters the Khunguray family, Delia Visscher and our former Director of Finance & Administration, Bark Kong once again joined our Charity Challenge, each showing their commitment to our mission of ensuring that people affected by dementia are not alone.
We are so grateful to the many other staff members and friends who ran and walked with us, along with our dedicated cheer squad whose enthusiasm helped propel our team through the final kilometre of the course. We couldn’t have reached our goals without you!
As of race week, our team raised a total of $15, 171 to help provide vital programs and services for people affected by dementia, while enabling research into the causes of, and possible cure for, dementia through the Charity Challenge. Donations can be made here until July 22.
Thank you to all of our supporters and friends in the Charity Village. We can’t wait to see you in 2019!