The 33rd annual Vancouver Sun Run is happening April 23rd and there will be many ways to help support those in need. The 2017 Vancouver Sun Run Presented by Ford will be partnering up with the Jack Gin Family Foundation to provide underserved youth groups with free registrations. Up to 450 youth registrations will be provided to groups throughout the Lower Mainland.
“We are so pleased to be working with The Jack Gin Family Foundation this year,” said Leza Maloney, Co-Chair of the Vancouver Sun Run. “We have many requests every year from individuals and groups in need of financial assistance that want to participate in the run, so this is a great way to provide some help.”
The Vancouver Sun Run has donated more than $2.5 million in proceeds for important causes since 1985. $25,000 is donated annually to the Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader campaign and $50,000 is given in support of BC’s amateur athletes via the Achilles Track Society and the Vancouver Sun International Jerome Track Classic. In 2014, the Vancouver Sun Run launched an exciting participant charity program, providing registrants the opportunity to raise funds for local charities through our pledging program. Over those 3 years, Vancouver Sun Run registrants have raised over $90,000 for six excellent charities: BC Children’s Hospital; Heart and Stroke Foundation; BC SPCA; BC Women’s Hospital + Health Foundation; Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; and Ronald McDonald House British Columbia. The generous donation from the Jack Gin Family Foundation this year will put the four year total well over $100,000.
“We are excited to be aligning ourselves with such a great event,” said Jack Gin former CEO of Extreme CCTV and Founder of the Jack Gin Family Foundation. “My good friend, Steve Kim, a staunch believer in youth athletics, introduced me to the idea of supporting young runners from across the Lower Mainland. I look forward to working with the Sun Run team and Steve to determine the best way to distribute the free registrations.”
To build on his support for this initiative, Gin is also challenging other individuals or businesses to meet or beat his donation.
The Jack Gin Family Foundation was founded in 2008 and focuses on causes related to women, children, education and health. For more information, please visit: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/jackgin
Registration for the Vancouver Sun Run is open now. Registrants are encouraged to sign up for the charity program. More information can be found by visiting; www.vancouversun.com/sunrun/event/CharityPledging
$57.00 (plus fees and GST)
2.5K Shaw Mini Sun Run
$29 plus GST (Under 18 years)
$40 plus GST (18 years and older)
Youth Teams (until Feb 17):
$22 plus GST (Under 18 years)
$35 plus GST (18 years and older)
Corporate Teams (until Mar. 31):
$57 plus GST
About the Vancouver Sun Run
The Vancouver Sun Run is Canada’s largest 10K road race and the 3rd largest timed 10K in North America. The Vancouver Sun Run is open to international elite competitors, recreational runners, joggers and walkers, wheelchair competitors, teams, schools and children.
The 2017 Vancouver Sun Run Presented by Ford will be taking place on Sunday, April 23rd at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Vancouver. The 2.5K Shaw Mini Sun Run starts at 8 a.m. For more information, visit vancouversunrun.com or call 604-689-9441. Also follow the Vancouver Sun Run on Twitter at @VancouverSunRun, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VancouverSunRun and follow on us on Instagram at instagram.com/vancouversunrun.
About the Jack Gin Family Foundation
Born, raised and educated in Vancouver, Jack Gin is a business executive, entrepreneur, engineer and philanthropist who supports non-profit organizations ranging from local schools and hospitals to international aid agencies.
After three decades of working in global business and winning the Canada Export Award and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Jack Gin formed the Jack Gin Family Foundation (JGFF) to give back to the local community in perpetuity. JGFF supports local and international aid programs, including drilling a deep well once a year where women and children do not otherwise have access to safe potable water, and supporting a school for orphans in Ndola, Zambia. JGFF supports projects where we can be involved personally, to ensure funds are used effectively.
About Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
Ford of Canada’s operations include a national headquarters, three regional offices, three vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, and two parts distribution centres. Ford employs more than 7,000 people in Canada, while an additional 18,000 people are employed in the more than 400 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships across the country. For more information, please visit www.ford.ca.