Help us make this year a success!

Join BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) between August 16-30, 2020, for “Stomp Out Stigma,” BCSS virtual Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5K Charity Challenge.

You can participate from anywhere!

Sign up to run or walk, and join in the fun of the special scavenger hunt we’ve developed to help you explore neighbourhood and community as you train or do your run or walk. We will be sharing a list of items that we hope you can find as you train or participate in this year’s run and walk. More details to come in the next few weeks.

Ask your friends and family for donations to help raise funds for BCSS programs and services that support families affected by schizophrenia and other serious persistent mental illness.

Reasons to join or create your own BCSS fundraising team:

How to Register

  1. Follow this link to register. Choose 5km or Half Marathon
  2. Fill out your registration information online (it may be pre-populated after you log into Race Roster)
  3. Under the Teams and Fundraising section, you may join an existing BCSS team or create your own. To join, select ‘I’d like to join an existing team, fundraising team, or official charity team’, select ‘Fundraising Team – Scotiabank Charity Challenge’, and select a BCSS team. If you’re unsure of the team, simply select ‘BC Schizophrenia Society.’See screenshot below:
    You may create your own team by selecting the ‘I’d like to create a new general team or fundraising team’ option.
  4. Complete registration and pay the registration fee.

 

That’s it, you’re now registered! Very simple and easy. If you have any trouble please reach out to:

Matthew Langlois
604.764.0901
mattrlanglois@gmail.com

 

How to Fundraise

You can easily share the link to your donation page in email or on social media, allowing others to support your walk/run – they will be directed to your page with this donation area:

You can edit your page with your photo and personal story as to why you are choosing to walk or run to help increase donations.

Why Do You Run?

Guelda and her team at the 2018 Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

“I run because I adore my son, and I feel like he is lost to me right now. I run because of the pain, distress and distrust I see in his eyes every day. I run because I want somebody to figure this disorder out and tell me what I can do to help him. I run because I want everyone to know about schizophrenia and what it is like to live with it, so they will have compassion and patience with those that do. I run because I want my son back, and there isn’t a whole lot else I can do other than wait and show love and support. I run to raise awareness and funds.

In his mid-teens [my son’s] personality started changing; he was very depressed, he started cutting classes and self-medicating. At 20 years old he was finally diagnosed with schizophrenia and we started our journey into the world of mental illness. Like so many before us we didn’t even know where to start, but have been lucky that we were able to attend some education sessions and have formed a network of support. We rely on groups like the BCSS for information and professional support.

So why run? Because I don’t want anyone to be afraid to tell someone else they are sick or their loved one is sick because they are afraid of a reaction based on ignorance. Because I would like research to be funded so that my beautiful son will one day come back to me. Recovery is possible, and expected but a lot of help is required.”

  • Guelda Redman, mother and runner for Team BCSS

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