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July 23, 2008
Media Advisory: City hosts slide-a-thon to raise awareness of drowning prevention
City of Toronto lifeguards will participate in a 12-hour slide-a-thon in support of the Lifesaving Society’s Water Smart initiative that aims to encourage individuals to exercise safe and responsible behaviour in and around water to prevent water-related injuries. Members of the public are invited to attend and cheer on the lifeguards.

Date: Friday, July 25
Time: noon
Location: Northwood Community Centre and Outdoor Pool, 15 Clubhouse Crt.

Eight to 10 lifeguards will slide each hour, for a total of 150 lifeguards sliding continuously for 12 hours. A community barbecue will be held in conjunction with the event.

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. In the past three years, 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.

Media contact:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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