302 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC admin@dewc.ca 604-681-8480

Scotiabank Half-Marathon & 5k

svhmVirtual Race | June 2 – July 5


Support the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in the 2021 Virtual Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

Join Team DEWC for the Virtual Scotiabank Charity Challenge! Due to COVID-19, this event has been moved to a virtual format, but current registrants can still support from a distance by fundraising and running their own individual race.

Each year, the Scotiabank Charity Challenge raises up to $25,000 for our essential programs – all through the efforts of our supporters running or walking for DEWC. Help us reach our goals with this year’s virtual race!

This year, all proceeds for DEWC will support our meals program and funding for new satellite spaces to provide additional safe spaces for women in the Downtown Eastside. As we face the recent effects that COVID-19 has had on our community, shelter, services, and compassionate care are more crucial than ever for the women we serve.

Help us reach our goals in creating additional spaces and continuing our essential services with this year’s virtual race by signing up to be a runner or walker!

Click here for our Fundraising Toolkit.

Join us in supporting safety, dignity and empowerment for women in the Downtown Eastside



Looking to join Team DEWC?

Register here

  1. Register to run the half-marathon, 5k, or 10k virtual race with this unique linkRemember to select Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre as your charity of choice and join the DEWC team!
  2. Set up your fundraising page! A link specific to your registration will be sent to you by email. 



Fundraising in the middle of a pandemic means new fundraising strategies. Click here for our Fundraising Toolkit!

Some COVID-19 friendly fundraising ideas include:

  • A Distance Bakesale: Do an online bake sale and provide contact-less delivery for your delicious baked goods!
  • A Virtual Class/Lesson: Do an online yoga, fitness, or cooking class to raise money for DEWC.
  • Sew Masks: Use online templates to create masks for friends, family, and neighbours, with proceeds benefiting the DEWC!



COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on our community and our needs. Share your fundraising page or DEWC’s team fundraising page on social media and with friends, family, and co-workers to provide ongoing support for our crucial programs and services.

Use the following resources to share news about the event and promote your fundraising initiative for DEWC:

RACE POSTER: PDF Version / PNG Version
RACE BIB: PDF Version / PNG Version



Get your running shoes on to walk or run anytime between June 2nd and July 5th! You may be physically distanced,
but team DEWC will be running beside you in spirit. Be sure to tag us in your training photos and on the day of the event using #RunforDEWC.



To show our appreciation for the amazing fundraising efforts and support for DEWC, we are providing several prizes for this year’s Scotiabank Half Marathon/5k/10k! All participants fundraising for DEWC at this year’s charity challenge will be eligible to win prizes for:

Outstanding Fundraiser Award

An award for supporters who go above and beyond to fundraise on behalf of women and their children in the Downtown Eastside! The Outstanding Fundraiser Award will be gifted to the participant who generates the greatest number of fundraising dollars for their run.

Top Sustainer Award

Your support means the world to DEWC and the women and children we serve! The Top Sustainer Award will be provided to the donor who contributes the most funds to Team DEWC or any other team supporting the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

Support through Storytelling Award

Spread support for DEWC! Tell us why you’re running for women in the Downtown Eastside on Instagram or Facebook, tagging DEWC and using the hashtag #DOITFORDEWC. Posts with the greatest number of combined likes and comments will be awarded a special prize!

Map out Your Support: Most Creative Runner or Walker Award

Map out a message of support to women of DEWC! Whether it be in the form of a drawing or words, we invite you track a creative running or walking path on fitness apps like MapMyRun or Strava! Share your message of support with us on social media! Not on social media? Email a photo or screen grab to engagement@dewc.ca!

Dogs for DEWC/Furry Fundraising Award

Dogs can run for DEWC too! Complete a walk or run with your canine companion, and post a picture on Instagram or Facebook tagging the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre with hashtag #RUNFORDEWC. Photos of other furry, scaly, or feathered running buddies are also welcome! Not on social media? Email a photo or screen grab to engagement@dewc.ca!

Best Cheerleader

Awarded to supporters of our supporters who exemplify the best cheerleading technique and ability to hype up the crowd! Videos, tik toks, dances, photos, signs all encouraged! Share your cheerleading with us on social media using the hashtage #RUNFORDEWC and tagging the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre! Not on social media? Email a photo or screen grab to engagement@dewc.ca!


Our essential meal program is 100% donor-funded.

We’re fundraising for our kitchen program, which serves hundreds of meals daily to women in the Downtown Eastside. Support Team DEWC and spread the word to your friends and family. Every dollar makes a difference!

If you have questions about registration or the run, we’re more than happy to assist you. Contact Ali at engagement@dewc.ca or 604.681.8480 ext. 350 (in office Tuesday-Friday).