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May 26, 2011
Corporal Klinger (actor Jamie Farr) salutes seniors as they prepare for the Toronto Challenge presented by
Actor Jamie Farr joined Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the City of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee, Nick Ametrano, Vice President of, Louise Pan from the Nissan Canada Foundation, representatives from the City of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes and Services division and community agencies to promote the Toronto Challenge presented by The event was held at Lakeshore Lodge.

This year's Toronto Challenge presented by will be held on June 12. The event features a 5-km run, 5-km walk and 1-km walk starting at Metro Hall. This annual fundraising event benefits the City's ten long-term care homes and more than 50 community agencies that provide services and programs to seniors. Participants can choose which organization to support, with funds raised going toward outings, recreation programs, performances, activities, large print books, garden paths, entertainment equipment and many other amenities that enhance quality of life for Toronto's seniors.

"People of all ages and backgrounds come from neighbourhoods across the city to participate in the Toronto Challenge presented by By walking, running or volunteering at the Challenge, you are providing joy in the lives of our residents. I, along with Mayor Ford, encourage everyone to take the Toronto Challenge on June 12. Let's show the residents of the City's long-term care homes that we care," said Councillor Mammoliti.

" provides people with the opportunity to own a home. The Toronto Challenge provides people who are no longer able to live on their own with the extras that turn a place to live into a home. We are very proud to be the presenting sponsor," said Nick Ametrano, Vice President of

Farr, a senior himself, talked about his career and his experiences as an active 76-year-old who's currently starring in the play "Tuesdays with Morrie" at Stage West.

The Toronto Challenge presented by offers something for everyone with prizes for participants in all age categories. The Nissan Canada Foundation, sponsor of the 5-km walk, is supplying an all-electric Nissan LEAF as the pace car for this year's Toronto Challenge.

Registration is available online at Find the Toronto Challenge on Facebook or follow the event on Twitter @tochallenge2011.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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