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Welcome to the CanPKU Fundraisers webpage!
Below is a list of any upcoming fundraisers or awareness events, as well as a few examples of the various fundraising events and projects we have worked on in the past.



It is our goal to have the last weekend of every May be our National PKU Walkathon weekend!  May is PKU awareness month and although we encourage you to host an event whatever time of year you can, concentrating our national-wide efforts provides us with more traction and success.  CanPKU is working hard to diversify our income and to maintain the same level of support and service to you, we need to increase our fundraising capability. The good news is, you can help!  Walkathons are simple to organize, usually only requiring a few hours from the host, and accessible to all ages.  It is easy to get friends, family, schools and your community involved by participating and/or collecting pledges.  You can add a picnic, a silent auction or entertainment, or keep it simple, it is up to you!


If you are interested in hosting an event, please check out our How to Host an Event page!

If you are planning an event and would like to see it listed on this page, please email [email protected]




PKU Painting Fundraiser

PKU Painting

The fundraiser will be held in Sparwood at the Union Hall (136 Spruce Avenue) on Sunday, May 7th from 1-3pm and will include light refreshments. Tickets are $45 each, with $25 of that going to CanPKU!

A copy of the painting we will do, chosen by Rosie, is attached. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please let me know ASAP (first come, first serve!)


Payment can be made my cash, cheque or e-transfer. Since I will be off for the next couple of weeks, please feel free to contact me by text or phone (250-910-6426) or via facebook (Nicole Barnett Pallone).


Only because I have had others ask, if you can’t make it but would like to make a donation, those are also welcome and appreciated!




PKU Walkathon Kamloops
Date: May 13 2017
Time: 12 – 3pm
Location: Riverside Park, Kamloops BC Canada.
May is PKU Awareness Month. There are approximately 7 families that we know of living in kamloops that have someone they love affected by PKU. We will be holding a Walkathon at Riverside Park on May 13th with a large Silent Auction to help raise money for CanPKU. If you are around Kamloops on May 13th come join along! It will be lots of fun!


Eighty percent of rare disorders are the result of faulty genes.

We are seeking environments that typically do not wear jeans as a regular behaviour, to allow their population to do so on Tuesday, May 23rd. On this day, with the minimum donation of $4 (to go with the name of the program) the payee will be permitted to wear jeans to work. Students who wear uniforms, can wear jeans to school for a minimum $2 donation. The hope is everyone will also reflect on those with mutated genes. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] if your school or work place would like to participate!





Artetvino Fundraiser for CanPKU!

Attend an inspiring and stress-free, guided painting session, and support CanPKU at the same time!  Instructions will be given by a Professional Art Therapist and all materials will be provided.  Attend this fun event and you will leave with your very own masterpiece!


Here are the details:

On Saturday, September 24th, Zee Grub, 2970 Route Harwood, Vaudreuil Dorion, QC, J7V 8P2.

Class begins at 11:30AM and finishes at 2:00PM.  The admission fee is $35.00 per person.  Artetvino will donate $10.00 of each charge collected to The Canadian PKU & Allied Disorders Inc.  Space is limited to 40 participants.

To register, please email [email protected] or call 514-913-2180.

2016 Walkathon in Kamloops BC 

For the third year in a row, PKU families in Kamloops, BC have come together to host a walkathon during PKU Awareness month in May.  This year’s event included a silent auction, raising $1500 for CanPKU, and BC Minister of Health Terry Lake attended the walk for the second year in a row.  Thanks, Kamloops families!


Check out this radio interview by Brienna, advertising the walkathon.  Awareness is a key part of fundraising events!


2016 Peter Wardell’s Boston Marathon
Determined to fulfill his lifelong goal of running a marathon and helping raise funds for two different disorders near and dear to his heart, CanPKU was thrilled in May 2016 to receive a donation from Peter Wardell.  Peter raised a whopping $3,858 for CanPKU, and had this to say:

Peter Wardell 2016I’m so happy to have been able to donate $3,858 CAD for CanPKU. CanPKU has been so amazing in educating, advocating and making us feel a welcome member of the PKU community ever since we found out our 4 year old daughter Luka had PKU a week after she was born. You can see and share my Marathon Fundraising Campaign by clicking here.

Peter Wardell finish line

As a 5 year old, I watched my father train for a marathon and knew I wanted to do the same one day.  I also wanted to raise awareness for PKU (Phenylketonuria) which my daughter Luka has, and MS which impacts my sister Melissa. I qualified for the 2016 Boston marathon at my maiden marathon attempt in Edmonton in August 2015 with a time of 3:07:06. My BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) was to try and cross the line in under 3 hours in the Boston Marathon in April 2016.


After 4 months of training 5 days a week, and up to 95km/week I crossed the line in 3 hours, 2 minPeter Wardell familyutes and 36 seconds. It was shy of my sub 3 hour goal but conditions considered (it was way hotter than anticipated) I was really happy with the result. Of 31,000 runners, I ranked 6791 (based upon my qualifying time) and crossed the line in 1777th position. It was such an awesome feeling of accomplishment and very humbling to see the support pour in for the PKU/MS fundraising campaign. I owe a lot to my very patient and support wife, and two girls; Luka (4) and Avideh (2).


Thank you for all the contributions for CanPKU, and we look forward to continuing to be an engaged family in the PKU community.





2014 Avery’s Ride for PKU.
PKU uncle Kevin Dube cycled across Canada in 71 days in the summer of 2014 to raise awareness in honour of his niece, Avery.  Read the Avery’s Ride Press Release – Jan 31, 2014.  Ultimately, this project generated dozens of media opportunities and raised over $50,000 for CanPKU.  In 2015, CanPKU presented Kevin Dube with our Hero of PKU Award.


PKU Walkathons
Help us raise funds by hosting a walkathon in your hometown or registering as a walker at a venue close to you.  Our How to Host an Event page has lots of resources for making it easy.

2011 BC Walkathon



Over the past few years we have raised over ten thousand dollars for CanPKU by hosting various walkathons. These fundraisers are simple to organize and great for raising awareness in your community.  It is also wonderful that people of all ages can participate!





Other Fundraisers
Over the years we have seen many different fundraisers, from Penny Drives, Pampered Chef Parties, a HairCutathon to Polo Matches!  Be creative, and be sure to let us know if you are hosting something with proceeds going to CanPKU so that we can post the information above.  Remember, resources for walks, penny drives, etc can be found on the How to Host an Event page!


Get your school, sports teams, co-workers and classmates involved with this easy fundraiser to spread awareness and support our education, events, and advocacy efforts!




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