Vancouver Island Mental Health Society is one of 25 organizations participating in Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary Club’s 25 for 25 Challenge — a month-long event marking Daybreak’s 25th anniversary.

Daybreak Rotary is putting out a challenge to all of Nanaimo, virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, to complete at least 25 kilometres on Nanaimo’s beautiful trail system between May 25th and June 25th. Get out and walk, hike, run or cycle and enjoy our city and especially its parks and trails! The virtual trail on which we will record your distance will take you on a 2500 kilometre “trip” to visit some of the scenic highlights in our beautiful province. As with any challenge, there is a registration fee, which will be shared equally among 25 local organizations. And there will also be participation prizes!

The second part of the challenge is a call to support the participating organizations. They all do tremendous work in our community and deserve our continuing support. When you register you will be asked to select an organization to support. Your kilometres will be tallied with those of other participants supporting that organization and we’ll see which organization’s team makes the most progress during the term of the challenge!

We are also asking that you consider making a donation to your choice of one or more of these organizations, either by a collecting pledges based on your accumulated kilometres or by direct donation. You’ll receive a tax receipt from the designated organization for any donations. Daybreak Rotary is giving $1,000 to each of these 25 organizations, investing $25,000 in our Nanaimo community and we are asking you to support that investment.

Go directly to the 25 for 25 Challenge registration page:

After you complete your registration, you’ll receive an email with directions regarding tracking and recording your progress. Thank you for supporting our Challenge!

Participants can register at the Daybreak Rotary website ( You’ll be asked to select which of the 25 participating organizations you’d like to support, and to pay the $25 registration fee. Then you’ll receive an email with more detailed information about the Virtual Mission. Team progress will be tracked on a digital platform called The Virtual Mission.

The 25-for-25 Team, Rotary Daybreak and Vancouver Island Mental Health Society welcome your participation. Please join the 25 for 25 Challenge! We thank you for your support.

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