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Cuthbert, Phaneuf hosting virtual 5K walk/run to raise funds for Special Olympics P.E.I.

Actress Elisha Cuthbert, along with her husband, NHLer Dion Phaneuf, will host a virtual 5K walk/run fundraiser in support of Special Olympics P.E.I., Aug. 28-30.
Actress Elisha Cuthbert, along with her husband, NHLer Dion Phaneuf, will host a virtual 5K walk/run fundraiser in support of Special Olympics P.E.I., Aug. 28-30. - Screengrab

Two longtime supporters of Special Olympics P.E.I. are hosting a fundraising virtual 5K walk/run.

The event will be hosted by actress Elisha Cuthbert and NHLer Dion Phaneuf, Aug. 28-30. 

“Every year at this time in June, Dion and I help host the Enriching Lives Gala for Special Olympics, along with friends, that successfully raises enough money to fund a full year of programming,” said Cuthbert.

“With COVID-19 cancelling what would have been the 30th anniversary (in 2020), we knew we had to change it up.”


Did You Know

A look at Special Olympics P.E.I.:

  • Established in 1987, the P.E.I. chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Islanders with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sports. 
  • This grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. 
  • From two-year-olds to mature adults, over 660 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics P.E.I.’s year-round programs across the province. 
  • The athletes are supported by more than 120 volunteers.

Cuthbert is hoping this event will help athletes continue their programs and progress.

“If you love to run or walk, if you know a Special Olympics athlete, if you are just motivated to do good, check it out at raceroster.com/32524,” she said.

“By joining us, or donating to our 5K race, you will be continuing these activities and enriching the lives of so many.”


Watch: Elisha Cuthbert on hosting upcoming virtual race:



Special Olympics P.E.I. executive director Charity Sheehan admitted these are challenging times for organizations. 

“With the cancellation of our Summerside Luncheon and Enriching Lives Gala, we have been challenged to raise necessary funds during a very difficult time,” said Sheehan.

“This is a creative way to give back and we are very grateful and excited.”

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