ABout the Relay
The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.
In 1978, the first 24 Hour Relay For The Kids was held at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C.. The event was originally organized by the Seawall Running Society. Twenty-three teams participated and raised over $70,000 to help send kids to Easter Seal Camps and hence history began…
Today, the 24 Hour Relay is now widely known as the Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay. There are eleven 24 Hour Relays across the country including Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Quebec, Toronto, Halifax, Annapolis Valley, and St, John's. This national event has raised in excess of $52 million in support of local Easter Seals programs and services.
In BC, the 24 Hour Relay is an annual project of the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. The 24 Hour Relay raises funds for the BC Lions Society's Easter Seal camping program. There are three Relays held annually in BC, Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, the University of Victoria, and the Apple Bowl in Kelowna.
The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relays For The Kids in Vancouver and Victoria are produced by the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. In Kelowna, the 24 Hour Relay is produced in conjunction with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. A portion of the Island Relay supports the Victoria Easter Seal House and all money raised in BC stays in BC.
We invite you to be a part of one of these incredible events and share in the joy of 'giving children abilities'.