In the spring of 2010, runner Benji Chu of Vancouver, BC, Canada was inspired by Anne Mahlum’s Back On My Feet Program, and took it upon himself to start up a similar running club called Run for Change to empower those in shelters, and rehabilitation programs to take hold of their lives through running.
Chu and his team believe “running or walking regularly is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem and choose a more positive path in life.“ His club meets on Wednesday’s and Saturdays with the goal of completing a 5k race come August. Chu ensures that people who want to participate are provided with proper gear and shoes if they need them.
Some of Chu’s recruited volunteers are former shelter residents who can identify with the needs of the new runners.
On November 14th, Chu was surprised by Tetley’s Green Tea Renewal Party. Watch and be inspired!
Follow Run For Change on Twitter @runforchange
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.