Top 10 Challenge: Spreading awareness & raising funds for food allergy research

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The first-ever Top 10 Challenge was a HUGE success! We more than doubled our original fundraising goal.  

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💙 On the very first day of #FoodAllergyAwarenessMonth, we are all feeling humbled, overwhelmed, ecstatic, gracious, hopeful, and so much more. 😍We made it to the end of our inaugural Challenge and we more than DOUBLED the original fundraising goal. Do you know what that means? We are SO close to that $25,000 allergy research grant via the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation. (Guys, we thought it would take us 3 years to get there!!)Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in some way — from our generous sponsors, to our passionate Challenge Ambassadors, to our lovely participants, to our dedicated Top 10 committee, to the inspiration behind it all (@ausee_inc) … this amazing success is thanks to YOU. We did it!!! . . . #allergyawarenessmonth #top10challenge #caaif #challengeparticipants  #challengeambassadors #sponsors #sponsorship #wedidit #waytogo #thankyou #fundraisinggoals #fundraiser  #firstyear #donations  #putyourmoneywhereyourheartis  #allergyresearch #researchgrant #awarenessinitiative  #allergyawareness  #spreadawareness  #spreadempathy #spreadcompassion

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The Top 10 Challenge isn’t just a fundraiser. It’s your opportunity to live “a day on the plate of” someone you know or love with food allergies. The goal of the challenge is two-fold: (1) to spread awareness & empathy, and (2) to raise funds for allergy research.


Who? In collaboration with Canadian Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF), and with the help of a tireless committee of volunteers, AllergyBites is working to bring a version of a successful Australian fundraiser to Canada.

What? Those who are interested in participating* in the challenge decide which allergens they will go without—whether for a meal, a day, or in the 10 days leading up to Food Allergy Awareness Month. After registering, participants will be provided a customizable fundraising page, where they will share their mission, the status of their challenge, and actively seek out sponsorship from their friends, family and community.

*For those unable to participate, donating directly is a welcome option.

When? The very first Top 10 Challenge will take place in the last 10 days of April of 2019.

Where? This fundraiser is open to anyone — from Canada to Japan — and can be done from the comfort of your couch… err… kitchen table.

 Because, when it comes to food allergies, understanding and compassion is just as important as research and funds. And we love that this fundraiser is doing a bit of both. Learn more about the story behind the challenge.

How much? Our fundraising goal for 2019 is $10,000. All funds raised will be go towards an allergy research grant (to be donated to a top Canadian researcher via CAAIF). Exciting news, we have already exceeded our goal for this year! Find out why we’re thinking BIG and aiming for $25,000.

PARTICIPANTS! Are you starting to feel nervous about cutting out those allergens? What will you eat? How will you shop? There’s a (Top 10 Champion) guide for that. Check it out

How to participate



Meet the committee

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From top left to right: Kathleen O’Hagan, Andrea Waserman, Katelyn Jutzi, Lisa Hung, Danielle Barry, Jennifer Trenbeth, Shannan Davis, and Julie Pliotas-Ferguson

Top 10 Sponsors

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We continue to seek out sponsorship for our first annual Top 10 Challenge, taking place in April 2019. Want to help us meet our fundraising goal? Learn more.

Challenge Ambassadors

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Challenge Ambassadors are passionate individuals who want to help us spread the word about this important initiative. Want to get involved? Learn more.


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