Running Empowers Both Sides of the Strait

Run for Change VancouverAugust 9, 2012 – Vancouver and Victoria walking and running programs Run for Change and Every Step Counts unite on Saturday, August 18 @ 10 am to participate in the 3rd annual Run for Change 5k fun run in Vancouver. The 5k Fun Run takes place Saturday, August 18 at 10am at the Olympic Plaza Athletes Village between Walter Hardwick Ave and Athletes Way at Manitoba Street. Registration starts at 8:30am and is free. It is a public event.

Run for Change is a Vancouver running and walking program that works alongside Carnegie Center and other shelters to encourage and work with low income people on the downtown east side to actively participate in regular running and walking .  The program promotes commitment and encourages goal setting for a healthier lifestyle. Benji Chu founded Run for Change in 2010 because he realized the power of running. Benji ran in many marathons over the years  and raised money for charity, but he knew the greatest power was not from fundraising but from running  and felt that  others could benefit from this same sense of empowerment and achievement.

“It (running) made me a healthier, happier, more disciplined person and built up my confidence.”
 Benji Chu

Run for Change has invited Every Step Counts, a similar program in Victoria, to join in the run this year. Every Step Counts is a Victoria walking and running program in its fourth year, for individuals facing challenges with mental health, addiction, poverty and social isolation, initiated by the Victoria Foundation and operated by the Victoria Cool Aid Society. Built on the cornerstones of a sense of belonging, getting outside and nutritious food, over 360 men and women have experienced how every step does indeed count.

“It has really started a change in mind for me. I don’t access a lot of social services and this is a program that really works!”
– Every Step Counts team member

Connecting these two programs which are committed to empowering and supporting individuals reinforces the strength, importance and truth that running and walking changes lives.



Vancouver, Run for Change                                                                             Victoria, Every Step Counts

Benji Chu, Founder                                                                                            Gillie Easdon, Coordinator

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