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June 11, 2001
Community gets together, seniors benefit
  
Community and Neighbourhood Services -- On Sunday, an estimated 2,000 people of
all ages ran, walked and strolled to raise funds for seniors at the Nissan
Toronto Challenge. Celebrating its 10th year, the Challenge featured a 5K run,
a 5K walk and a 1K leisure walk.

Leading the way was Homer the official pace camel, under the ridership of
Councillor Brad Duguid, Chair of the Community Services Committee, and for the
first time in event history, Geri the official pace zebra.

The 2001 Nissan Toronto Challenge helped to raise an estimated $400,000 for
seniors in Toronto's Homes for the Aged, as well as for 59 community agencies
who used the Challenge to raise their own funds.

The Challenge was definitely a fun family event for people of all ages. Special
prizes were awarded to Mary Czerwinski (102 years) and Peter Preet (101 years)
as the oldest participants, while Megan MacPherson (three months) and Lucas
Sredzinski (five months) took top honours as the youngest participants.

The Nissan Toronto Challenge, hosted by Toronto Homes for the Aged and the
Nissan Canada Foundation, is an ongoing success story that is already making
plans for its 11th edition in 2002. This unique event is a good example of the
City's commitment to working with partners in the community towards a common
cause - seniors across Toronto.


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