Run for Charity

Running across the finish line is an amazing personal accomplishment. Give your race even more meaning, by joining a charity training program from our Official training partner! Make an impact while training with new friends that will last a lifetime.


The John Volken Foundation was established in 2001 by United Furniture Warehouse owner John Volken. In 2004, John sold United Furniture Warehouse and transferred virtually all of his assets in the foundation and devoted his efforts full-time to the Foundation’s charitable programs Lift the Children and the John Volken Academy.

All funds raised by Team Volken in the Rock n Roll Vancouver 1/2 marathon and Cunningham Seawall 10k directly benefit the John Volken Academy, a long-term residential drug and alcohol recovery program and life-skills training centre for young men and women aged 18-34. At the John Volken Academy, residents overcome their addictions, develop strong moral character, advance their education, receive extensive career training, and gain all the tools they need to live successfully as responsible, contributing members of society- for life!

By joining Team Volken, you are helping us change lives

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Fundraising Groups

Canadian Diabetes Association

The Canadian Diabetes Association leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes, and discovering a cure.

John Volken Foundation

To be a world leader in

PROVIDING: effective and affordable Residential Addiction Recovery Treatment

CULTIVATING: self worth and a strong character

TEACHING: relevant life and job skills

ADVANCING: secondary and Post-secondary Education

INSTILLING: in each student the desire to always strive to be the best that they can be for themselves, for their families, and for their community.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

Become a Charity

To sign up your charity to fundraise through a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, please complete the charity application below: