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May 16, 2017
Countdown to 2017 Toronto Challenge begins today
The City of Toronto officially began the countdown to the annual Toronto Challenge, presented by, today. On hand to help with the kickoff were Reg Paul, General Manager of Long-Term Care Homes & Services, and event sponsors Nick Ametrano, Vice President of, and Carla Beaton, Vice President of Clinical Innovations & Quality Improvement from Medical Pharmacies Group Limited.

Clients and staff at the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre showcased their Move to Music program at the kickoff event. The centre is one of 50 partners that benefit from the Toronto Challenge fundraising run and walk.

The Toronto Challenge has raised more than $10 million for Toronto seniors over the past 25 years. Funds raised are used by community agencies and long-term care homes to provide home support and independent living. Projects include renovations to seniors' facilities, transportation services, wellness programs and home library services.

" is proud to give back to the community," said Ametrano. "Through this event we can show seniors how grateful we are to them and help make their lives a little more enjoyable."

"It is my honour to be here on behalf of Medical Pharmacies to pledge our support to the Toronto Challenge again this year," said Beaton. "The event offers something for everyone while encouraging people to get outside, be active, stay healthy and have a great time."

The Toronto Challenge will be held on Sunday, June 11 at a new location this year – Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. This event will include the 5K run, the Medical Pharmacies 5K walk and 1K fun walk.

More information, including registration details, is available at

Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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