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December 15, 2010
Media Advisory: Toronto EMS delivers an early Christmas present to Canadian Forces serving in Afghanistan
On Thursday, December 16, the City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will hand over hundreds of gift cards collected through the Share A Cup With A Brave Canuck! program. The program, founded in 2008, is a fundraising effort to send a special thank-you from Canadians back home to each of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen serving in Kandahar with the Canadian Forces.

At the event, Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr will be joined by Colonel Stephen Cadden, Chief of Staff, Land Forces Central Area/Joint Task Force Central, students from the Weston Memorial Junior Public School, Montgomery Village School and St. Jane Frances Catholic School, as well as Canadian Forces personnel who have recently returned from Afghanistan.

The Colonel will officially be presented with the hundreds of gift cards donated from Canadians across the country, as well as cards that were collected by the students.

Date: Thursday, December 16

Time: 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Location: The Atrium, Toronto EMS headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St.
Parking will be available in the church parking lot off Lodestar Road, enter the building through the Lodestar Road entrance.

Photo Opportunity: After the event, the media will be able to interview members of the Canadian Forces back from Afghanistan, the students who participated in the program this year and the Toronto EMS staff who founded the Share A Cup With A Brave Canuck! program. There will also be a display of the gift cards donated.

This program is led by Toronto EMS but supported by EMS services across Canada and by the EMS Chiefs of Canada. The objective of the program is to send enough gift cards, with a personal of message of thanks to every Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan over the holiday season.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Kim McKinnon, Co-ordinator Public Information and Media, 416-392-2255,



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