Victoria Cool Aid Society | April 2014 - Victoria Cool Aid Society

Meet Gillie, the Coach Who Makes Every Step Count

Gillie with her team

Over 500 people have run, walked, and jogged to a healthier life with Gillie’s help. Now she needs yours.

Fitness makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but Gillie Easdon has inspired hundreds of people to overcome the stigma of homelessness, mental illness and addictions and make positive change in their lives, one step at a time.

It has not been easy. Gillie’s work bridges the gap between health and poverty, but precisely because it fits directly in neither category Every Step Counts has operated for the past 5 years without government funding and consistently faces funding shortfalls.

That’s why we need your help. Every Step Counts needs the support of people like you to ensure Gillie is there for the people who need her.

  • a gift of $56.25 prepares a healthy meal for the whole team
  • a gift of $116.92 provides the space and equipment for one of four weekly runs
  • A gift of $176.38 purchases fitness gear for one of our runners
  • A gift of $469.64 pays the total costs of one session out of 208 each year!

Click the DONATE button above to give online, or call 250-414-4790 to donate by phone.

Not only will your gifts help keep Gillie’s team running, your donations help us prove that Every Step Counts is valued by our community to local businesses, community funders and government agencies.

You can also support Every Step Counts by coming out to events throughout the year. Look for us at the Times Colonist 10K, the Goodlife Fitness Marathon, and Run or Dye this year for more opportunities to donate, volunteer, and cheer on the courageous people who run with us each week.

On behalf of Gillie Easdon, the Every Step Counts team, and all of us here at Cool Aid, thank you for helping us come closer to ending homelessness in our community, one step at a time.

Join Every Step Counts this Sunday for the TC10K

After months of being cooped up indoors while avoiding grey skies and drizzle, it’s time to get outside and welcome a vibrant new season. Join us as we participate in a well-loved, local tradition—the Times Colonist 10K, which celebrates its 25th anniversary on April 27, 2014.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a laid-back walking enthusiast, this is a perfect opportunity to put your feet on the pavement for a terrific cause. You can still register until tomorrow to walk, jog, or run with the Every Step Counts team. And if you prefer not to walk or run, you can still play an important role by volunteering and cheering participants on from the sidelines.

For those facing mental health, addiction, or housing issues, daily challenges can feel like taking one step forward, two steps back. The Every Step Counts program offers the support and encouragement people need to keep putting one foot in front of the other – literally and figuratively.

Come celebrate the newness of spring by walking with us in the Times Colonist 10k on April 27. Together, we’ll take great strides towards better physical, emotional, and mental health—for ourselves and for those in our community!