Louise Hodgson-Jones

The TC10K has announced that five charities will be partnering with the race this year, which takes place on April 29. Two charities are returning – the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Raise-A-Reader. They will be joined by the BC Cancer Foundation, Every Step Counts and Help Fill A Dream.

“We are delighted to expand our team of official charities,” says TC10K Race Director, Jacqui Sanderson. “Individuals can add a donation when they register for the race or they can contact the charity of their choice directly and raise pledges.”

For the Heart & Stroke Foundation, this will be its 17th year as an official charity. “Heart disease and stroke takes the lives of 1 in 3 Canadians too soon. Your TC10K pledges and donations will fund research, health promotion and advocacy initiatives at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, that give Canadians more time to live. Please sign up to fundraise today,” said Kathryn MacLeod, Manager, Marketing and Communications.

Times Colonist Raise-a-Reader has been raising funds for literacy organizations and schools on Vancouver Island since 1997.  “We are thrilled to be one of the official charities of the 2012 TC10K, and look forward to the event and its enthusiastic participants helping us raise much needed dollars and awareness to enrich lives through reading,” says Shannon Kowalko, Promotions & Community Relations Manager for the Times Colonist.

“The BC Cancer Foundation is excited to be a beneficiary of the TC10K this year. Our goal is for participants and community members to raise $12,500, which will directly support breakthrough cancer research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre,” says Douglas Nelson, President & CEO. “With philanthropy and research working together, we can bring hope to the more than 23,000 British Columbians that will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Research is changing the face of cancer care in our province, and new hope is being brought to cancer patients and their families thanks to the support from community events such as this one.”

“Every Step Counts walkers and runners experience challenges with mental health, addiction, poverty and social isolation, and are enthusiastically training to participate in the TC10K,” says Gillie Easdon, Program Coordinator. “We invite others to attend a running session with us, raise pledges, join us for the TC10K, and help to make Every Step Count for everyone!”

“Help Fill A Dream is grateful to be a recipient of the efforts of the TC10K Charity Team and is proud to be recognized with the other charities in our common efforts to help Vancouver Island children,” says Denyse Koo, President. “Funds raised will help us to fulfill a child’s dream, to provide financial assistance to improve quality of life, and to support families to be there when their child needs them the most.”

For more information on the TC10K charities go to:

The TC10K is Canada’s second largest 10-kilometre race. In 2011, 13,096 registered for the 10-kilometre race and the Thrifty Foods 1.5k Family Run. To register go to For more information call: 250-744-5538.