Through the dedication of the club and the generosity of the community we have raised over $480,000 since 1994.

Red Dress Run Charities

Year Charity Amount Raised
1994  Cross Cancer Clinic $5000
1995  Cross Cancer Clinic $6969
1996  Hope Mission $10,000
1997  Edmonton John Howard Society $11,000
1998  Youth Emergency Shelter $12,031
1999  Boyle Street Co-op $17,500
2000  Millwood PATCH Program $17,500
2001  Kara Family Centre $10,500
2002 CFRN Good Neighbor Fund $12,500
2003  Support Network $14,000
2004  Edmonton Emergency Relief Services $16,142
2005  Odyssium Inner City School Program $15,389
2006  iHuman Youth Society $20,004
2007  Bosco Homes $28,995
2008  Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $35,862
2009  Zebra Child Protection $34,729
2010  Camp fyreFly $24,635
2011  Community Options $31,550
2012  Concrete Theatre $29,649
2013  YESS $16,727
2014  ALS $19,540
2015  Parkinson Alberta $26,787
2016  Wilderness Youth Challenge Program $18,649
2017  Pride Centre – Emergency Refugee Fund $17,979
2018 Wellspring Edmonton $21,282
2019 Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association $12,421
total $487,340

The 2019 RDR Charity was Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association.

They are a non-profit, charitable organization providing recreational horseback riding with therapeutic benefits for children and adults with disabilities in Edmonton Alberta. Each year, more than 115 riders benefit from their spring and fall program and 50 riders in their winter program.

They have programs for pre-school aged children (Itty Bits), children aged five and a half to 18 (Little Bits) and adults (Big Bits). Once a week, riders receive riding instruction by certified and experienced instructors assisted by a core of volunteers.

The focus is on skill development, enjoyment and the unique therapeutic aspects of horseback riding. Learn more at

The 2018 RDR Charity was Wellspring Edmonton

Wellspring Edmonton is a charity new to our city, having opened the doors on its brand new facility in early 2017. It is a warm and welcoming centre that provides no fee, non-medical support programs for people who are dealing with cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. We rose funds to expand the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) program, which will be run out of the gym at the Wellspring centre. These programs are specially tailored to meet the individual needs of each participant based on the treatments they are receiving, and are delivered by highly-specialized trainers to ensure it is safe and effective. Numerous studies have shown that exercise greatly improves the response to treatment, survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients.

The 2017 RDR Charity was The Pride Centre of Edmonton

The 2016 RDR Charity was The Wilderness Youth Challenge Program

The 2015 RDR Charity was Parkinson Alberta

The 2014 RDR Charity was The ALS Society of Alberta

The ALS Society of Alberta is a non-profit organization dedicated to making each day the best possible day for people living with, and affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The ALS Society achieves its vision by providing support, facilitating the provision of care, promoting awareness, helping find a cure, and advocating for change.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support the ALS Society of Alberta. In collaboration with health care professionals and medical equipment vendors, the ALS Society of Alberta operates a Provincial Loan Program to assist people affected by ALS by lending power mobility devices, assistive communication devices, and medical equipment. This is a free loan program, so people can receive the supports they need when they need it. The ALS Society covers costs of delivery and pickup, and once the person no longer requires the equipment it is cleaned and returned to the loan pool.

The 2013 RDR Charity was the Youth Empowerment & Support Services

Funds raised from the Edmonton Hash House Harriers’ 20th annual Red Dress Run will support Edmonton based Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS), an important not-for-profit organization that supports Edmonton youth facing difficult realities with services that range from emergency shelter to longer- term residential programs and personalized guidance and support.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support the introduction of an innovative Trust Based Relational Intervention Program providing the YESS’ youth workers with valuable training on an approach that has proven to help struggling kids overcome the effects of trauma, neglect and abuse to become self-supporting, contributing members of our community.

The 2012 RDR Charity was The Concrete Theatre

Our fundraising subsidized the production of the play “are we there yet”? These performances are held at schools around Edmonton and in nearby communities. It is “art with a message”. It helps 9th grade students explore and communicate about boundaries, relationships related to sex. It conforms to the Alberta Sex Ed guidelines. As a part of the performance a sex ed teacher travels with the show to answer questions, materials are provided to teachers to support or answer questions after the event. Schools must pay about $400 per session, our funds will offset the remaining costs.

The 2011 RDR Charity was Community Options

Proceeds from the 2011 RDR event went to support the transformation of the Community Options Child Care Centre’s 20 year old playground into an innovative and interactive outdoor play space accessible to children of all abilities.

The 2010 RDR Charity was Camp fYrefly

Camp fYrefly is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The camp, which was founded in 2004 by Dr. Andre P. Grace and Mr. Kristopher Wells, is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and resiliency necessary for them to become change agents in their schools, families, and communities.

The 2009 RDR Charity was the Zebra Child Protection Center

Edmonton’s Zebra Child Protection Centre, the first centre of its kind in Canada, enables our community to respond to child abuse with a professional, compassionate and highly integrated program of healing and justice.

The 2008 Red Dress Run Charity was The Edmonton and Northern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians. CF is a multi-organ disease affecting primarily the lungs and the digestive system. In the lungs, CF causes severe breathing problems. A build-up of thick mucus makes it difficult to clear bacteria and leads to cycles of infection and inflammation, which damage the delicate lung tissues. They must follow a demanding daily routine of physical therapy to keep the lungs free of congestion and infection.

In the digestive tract, CF makes it extremely difficult to digest and absorb adequate nutrients from food. Thick mucus blocks the ducts of the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest food. Therefore, persons with CF must consume a large number of artificial enzymes (on average 20 pills a day) with every meal and snack, to help them absorb adequate nutrition from their food.

It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF.

Approximately 3,500 children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis presently attend specialized CF clinics.

The CF Edmonton and Northern Alberta chapter is based on fundraising in the community. They have built a center of excellence for cystic fibrosis care and treatment in Edmonton. Thanks to advances in research and treatment, life expectancy of persons with CF has increased over the past few decades from 22 to 37 years of age. Funds raised from the Red Dress Run 2008 will be used to enhance the care and treatment of persons with CF in Edmonton and its surrounding areas.

The 2007 Red Dress Run Charity was Bosco Homes

Bosco Homes was a charitable, non-profit society dedicated to serving children, adolescents, adults and families who struggle with emotional, developmental and/or psychiatric disorders.

The 2006 Red Dress Run Charity was The iHuman Youth Society

The 2005 Red Dress Run Charity was Telus World of Science — “Inner City School Programs”

Proceeds from the 2005 Red Dress Run (over $15,400) provided an opportunity for children who attend Edmonton’s inner city schools to attend science learning at the Telus World of Science.

In 2004 the charity was the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society

The EERS was formed in October 1986 in response to a tragic house fire. The goals of the Society are:

  • to provide relief to fire, flood and general disaster victims at no cost to them.
  • to aid senior citizens, single parents, the less fortunate and anyone who is in need of support and help at a cost they can afford.

The 2003 Red Dress Run charity was The Support Network, Edmonton’s Distress and Information Centre

Funds donated by the Edmonton Hash House Harriers were used towards the operation of the 24 Hour Distress Line.

Edmonton’s 24 Hour Distress Line, is unique. It saves lives. Helps to avert family violence. Listens when no one else does. Restores hope to people who feel their only choice is to commit a final desperate act. The Distress Line is a confidential service that reaches out to over 1 million people in Central and Northern Alberta. Last year an alarming number of callers, over 25,000, sought support and information when they found themselves in situations of distress and crisis.