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May 10, 2010
19 Activities for 19 Years: Participants kick-off the Toronto Challenge presented by
On Wednesday, May 12, the City of Toronto will celebrate the launch of the Toronto Challenge, presented by, with “19 Activities for 19 Years.” There will be 19 fun physical activities running simultaneously to celebrate 19 years of the annual Toronto Challenge - a run/walk on Sunday, June 13 to raise money to enhance quality of life for seniors served by various community agencies, long-term care homes and the City’s own Long-Term Care Homes and Services division.

Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, and Nick Ametrano, Vice-President, will encourage everyone, including representatives from over 50 community agencies who will participate in the event, to celebrate their ability and enhance support for seniors’ programs through the upcoming fundraiser.

Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Metro Square, Metro Hall, 55 John St.
Visuals: Seniors doing wheelchair exercises and playing bocce ball, children playing with a parachute and hula hooping, high school cheerleaders leading a routine, and more will happen simultaneously.

The Toronto Challenge, presented by, is the premier fundraising event for seniors in Toronto and will take place on Sunday, June 13 at Metro Hall, 55 John St. and will feature the 5k run, the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk and a 1k fun walk. Participants receive a t-shirt and a chance to win prizes.

All funds raised go directly to non-profit organizations that support seniors, including the City's own long-term care homes and community based programs. The funds go a long way in enhancing seniors’ quality of life by supporting community outings for residents of long-term care homes, recreation and entertainment activities, community programs, large print books and so much more.

Registration and more information is available online at or call 416-392-8911.

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:
Alexandra Keilty, Senior Coordinator, Promotions and Communications, City of Toronto, 647-637-7258,



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