The Mary-Jo Dionne Productions Fund was created to support local children living in poverty or fighting critical illness.
As of 2018, we are specifically supporting five important initiatives. And Mary-Jo is not doing it alone -- not by a long shot. On August 28th, through September 1st, 2018, her husband, a plant-based ultra-endurance athlete Chad Bentley, will be one of approximately 10 athletes from around the world invited to compete in EPIC5 -- a challenge that will see him aim to complete 5 Ironman events in 5 days on 5 Hawaiian islands. In an effort to make this special journey bigger than himself, he has allocated 5 important causes to race for -- raising funds and awareness on each day. Every dollar you donate via this page link, will be split between those 5 endeavours.
Please indicate in the comments column if you have a preference as to which of the following causes your donations support. Recipients include:
- Island #1: Canuck Place Children's Hospice
- Island #2: The Millipede Project back-to-school shoes program
- Island #3: CNIB Child and Youth Services
- Island #4: Minerva BC: Indigenous Roots Girls’ Outdoor Leadership training for aboriginal girls
- Island #5: Terry Fox PROFYLE which aims to positively impact health outcome for kids
Give to this Fund
Donations of $20 or more will receive an official tax receipt. Official tax receipts will be issued to the individual or organization named on the credit card.
A bit about The Millipede Project:
The Millipede Project is committed to getting 500 Vancouver-area children in need into a new pair of back-to-school shoes.
A bit about the history of the MJDP Fund:
A long-time animal activist, Mary-Jo Dionne didn't see a shift coming in her philanthropic focus. However, with the birth of her first human child, something happened. Suddenly, where she once saw the innocence of little four-legged beings, she also saw the innocence of little two-legged beings as well.
In 2013, she was blessed to earn a spot running the London Marathon, and in that capacity, she was tasked with fundraising for a UK-based organization called Children with Cancer. The experience left her a changed person; to be faced with the images and needs of kids who are suffering, and whose families depend entirely on the kindness of others.
The result was a desire to do more -- way more -- for local children living in poverty or local children living with critical illness. Never what one would have called a "baby person", this self-described late-bloomer and possessor of a once-defunct biological clock, found herself as both a first-time and second-time mom in her forties, and is more committed than ever to do what she can for Vancouver-area children as described above.
The Mary-Jo Dionne Productions Fund, which sees a percentage of her earnings as principal of Mary-Jo Dionne Productions (MJDP) amassed, is her way to do just that. (Yes, she still loves animals, and always will. To that end, she also reminds people: "Adopt. Don't shop.")