Are you looking for a way to support Special Olympics BC with your own unique event or campaign? Become an SOBC Fundraising Champion to help change lives through the power and joy of sport!
Why fundraise for SOBC
Every day, everywhere Special Olympics BC programs and competitions happen year-round in 55 communities throughout our province. When you support Special Olympics BC, your impact is felt around the province. By organizing your own fundraiser, you can help athletes with intellectual disabilities be seen and celebrated for their abilities!
More than 60 per cent of Special Olympics BC's operating funds are provided by donations and fundraising initiatives by people just like you! Community events are an incredible way to raise funds for Special Olympics BC athletes. These events are planned and organized independently by generous hearts all across the province and include anything from golf tournaments, walk-a-thons, barbecues, and fun runs. Funds raised by these events create empowering opportunities for Special Olympics BC's inspiring athletes and year-round programs around the province.
How you can help
As a Fundraising Champion, you can engage your community to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC!
With these initiatives, organizers typically set fundraising goals, spread the word about their event, and encourage their family, friends, and coworkers to donate. These fundraisers can be an effective and fun way to make a difference!
Examples can include:
- Car washes
- Trivia nights
- Bake sales
- Asking for donations for a birthday or another special event
Current SOBC Fundraising Champions
Nancy Farrell's Appalachian Trail Adventure
Nancy Farrell, a passionate outdoorswoman and Special Olympics BC volunteer, is taking on the incredible challenge of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, all 3,540 kilometres of it! Along the way in this remarkable six-month journey, she is raising awareness and funds to support Special Olympics BC’s dedicated athletes with intellectual disabilities and life-changing year-round sport, youth, and health programs.
Dan Wales' Impossible is Not a Thing 100 Mile Run
Dan wrote, "Sport should be universal and everyone should be able to experience their full potential. Sadly, we live in a world where that is not always the case. My belief that there are no sidelines in life made me think deeply on this when my nephews were diagnosed with autism, and I wanted to find a way to make an impact for them and everyone else who could benefit from Special Olympics programs. ...
"In an effort to keep pushing the envelope, I am staring down the barrel of 100 miles, climbing Whistler and Blackcomb mountains twice each for a total of 9000 metres. This is the equivalent of running up and then back down Everest over the course of up to 48 hours without stopping. Just in case that wasn’t hard enough, I used the previous year to build up the ability to squat 500lbs and have worked simultaneously to maintain that! Once again, I took the hard and made it near impossible because, from what I can see, Autism doesn’t get any easier and life certainly gets more complicated as you get older. As a result, I knew that the challenge had to get bigger. ...
"If this resonates with you, then please donate - the money goes to as deserving a group as exists and to an organization changing lives. And if that isn’t worth 48 hours in the sun, rain (but hopefully not snow), day, night and so many more things to be seen, then I don’t know what is!"
5th Annual Kalyn Head Birthday Marathon
Special Olympics BC coach Kalyn Head ran her annual 100-kilometre ultramarathon on her birthday (July 23) to raise funds for SOBC! We are incredibly grateful for her amazing efforts on behalf of Special Olympics BC athletes and programs!
The 3rd Annual Alien Theorists Theorizing Running Challenge
Every April, supporters of the Alien Theorists Theorizing podcast push themselves out of their comfort zones by participating in the running challenge. In the 2022 edition of this month-long challenge, they raised awareness and funds for Special Olympics BC!
Ready to launch your own fundraiser?
We’d love to hear your ideas! Our fund development team is here to support you and your fundraising efforts. Contact us to get started!
Fundraising Events Manager