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

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 donated directly to CAAIF. Individuals or corporations who donate $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.

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 Sponsorship

We are actively seeking 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

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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