Blue Nose Charity Challenge

Thanks for supporting the NSYO and Symphony Striders in the Blue Nose Marathon Giv’er Charity Challenge!

We are so grateful to everyone who ran, walked, and fundraised for the Blue Nose Marathon Giv’er Charity Challenge! With your help, we have raised over $14,000. And there’s still time to support the team and donate today!

The Symphony Striders have been named the largest fundraising team in the Blue Nose Marathon four times, and have raised nearly $100,000 for education and outreach programming. Help us keep the momentum going as we raise support for the NSYO Wellness Program.


We were blown away by your generosity on Domus Realty Matching Day (May 12). Together, we exceeded our fundraising goal! Thanks to our team sponsor Domus Realty, all donations were matched dollar-for-dollar to a max of $3,500. 

Together, the Symphony Striders and Domus Realty believe in the way music allows us to connect, express, and explore. The Striders have been a driving force behind Symphony Nova Scotia’s Education and Outreach programming for many years, and we are thrilled to have teamed up with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra to raise funds for the new NSYO Wellness Program. Supporting health and wellness for young musicians will help them learn and grow, as well as ensure a bright future for music in our community.

The funds raised will help to ensure a successful start to the NSYO Wellness Program and build a foundation to continue this program for years to come. Symphony Nova Scotia CEO Chris Wilkinson will throw an end of season Pizza Party Celebration for the NSYO musicians for their amazing fundraising efforts. And you can still help! Please donate to the team today!


The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra is an education and outreach program that delivers unique, life-enriching experiences for young musicians. With mentorship from professional musicians and the support of a community of peers, youth can explore their musical talents, establish a network of friends, and grow in a positive environment. The NSYO is the only program of its kind in Nova Scotia and the opportunities it offers are essential to supporting our youth.

The NSYO Wellness Program will provide resources for mental, physical, and musical health that supports our youth musicians’ development in a positive and healthy environment. Kicking off with a retreat weekend at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, NSYO musicians will participate in team building activities and sessions with experts on mental health, physical wellness, and musical training.

Resources for members to receive individual coaching and support from experts on mental health, performance, physical wellness, and nutrition will continue to be available throughout the season.

Foster wellbeing through joyful music making. Please donate today!