Help us make this year a success!

Join B.C. Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) on Sunday, June 23, 2019, for this year’s Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5K Charity Challenge. Sign up to run a half-marathon, run 5km, or walk 5km and raise funds to support BCSS programs and services through this fundraising walk and run. BCSS programs and services support families affected by schizophrenia and other serious persistent mental illness.

Reasons to join or create your own BCSS fundraising team:

  • Help fund BCSS’ life-saving programs and services
  • Meet other people who want to bust the stigma around schizophrenia
  • Participate in a fun morning in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful locations
  • Walkers and runners who fundraise $200 or more will receive a refund for their registration fee

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 logging into Race Roster)

3. The above link will automatically add you to the BCSS team, “Minds Over Miles” (in the section “Teams and Scotiabank Charity Charity Challenge Fundraising”).

4. You can also create your own team, or join another BCSS team. If you are making a team, just ensure the BCSS is selected as the charity

5. Use the following codes to save 15% on your registration:

  • 5K entry code: 19BCSS5K
  • Half marathon entry code: 19BCSS21K

6. 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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