A History of Good Causes

The primary goals of the Vancouver Sun Run are the promotion of health, fitness, and a sense of community. When the race began in 1985, just 3,200 participants walked or ran on the streets of downtown Vancouver. Each year the race grew, attracting new people to what soon became a Vancouver tradition of fun and fitness. Although not designed as a charity event, the Vancouver Sun Run is proud to have donated more than $3.23 million in proceeds for important causes since 1985.

BC Cancer Foundation
We are the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Every dollar we raise stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research and enhance care for the people of British Columbia. At the BC Cancer Foundation, we believe that with your help BC CAN make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. We know that one in two people in our province will face cancer in their lifetime and we’re igniting progress to break down cancer, piece by piece, in the labs and clinics. Together, BC CAN break down cancer. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
The province’s only full service, pediatric acute care hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s vision is that every child is healthy and able to fulfill their hopes and dreams. We need your support to transform child health and help kids get back to being kids! To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Founded in 1928, Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV) supports thousands of families and individuals across the Lower Mainland living in need, in crisis, or with trauma. Our over fifty programs, services, workshops, and groups help people build resiliency, develop skills and knowledge, and gain the confidence to make positive changes in their lives. From youth experiencing homelessness, to families impacted by trauma, to isolated seniors and newcomers to Canada–whatever the challenges our clients are facing, our compassionate, expert staff meet people where they are at and give them the support they need to create brighter tomorrows. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank
The GVFB provides food to more than 9,000 people each week through our four distribution sites in Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver and the North Shore. In addition, we work with 112 Community Agency Partners, providing food for their existing food programs serving thousands more. We focus heavily on nutrition with more than 50% of the food we distribute being fresh produce, dairy and protein. We also offer specialized nutritional programs for Babies, PreSchoolers, Grade Schoolers and Seniors each month. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Since 1997, the Raise-a-Reader campaign has been changing lives by empowering today’s children and families with tools to improve their reading skills. These skills are the foundation for lifelong learning that significantly affects the quality of life and the health and social economic well-being of individual, families, and communities. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon
When families must unexpectedly leave home for their child’s life-saving medical care, this can pose a tremendous emotional and financial strain on the entire family. Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon can provide a home-away-from-home to over 2,000 families a year, offering daily necessities, a safe space and a sense of community in their 73-bedroom House in Vancouver and 4-bedroom Family Room in Surrey. With the help from incredible fundraisers and generous donors, RMH BC supports families who come from over 200 different communities throughout BC and Yukon, allowing them to focus on the most important thing: giving love and support to their sick child. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.


Any money you personally raise using your pledge page will go directly to your selected charity. Simply follow the links on our registration page to learn more about the participating charities, set up your pledge page and then you’ll be off and running for the cause of your choice!