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June 15, 2009
Funds raised at the 18th annual Toronto Challenge presented by MonsterMortgage.ca to support seniors across Toronto
  
Today, thousands of runners and walkers took part in the 18th annual Toronto Challenge presented by MonsterMortgage.ca in support of Toronto seniors. Thanks to the funds raised from the 5 km run, 5 km walk and 1 km fun walk, the City of Toronto’s long-term care homes and the 50-plus community agencies that provide service to seniors are able to enhance the lives of residents and clients with fitness classes, barbecues, large print books and therapeutic gardens.

"I applaud those who participated in the 2009 Toronto Challenge for reaching out and making a meaningful impact in their community,” said Mayor David Miller.

The Toronto Challenge presented by MonsterMortgage.ca is held annually and organizers expect to raise $400,000 again this year for Toronto seniors. As the premier fundraising event for seniors, the Toronto Challenge is a family event suitable for all ages and included an aerobic warmup, prizes, celebration barbecue and a ribbon that was given to participants as they crossed the finish line.

“The Toronto Challenge is vitally important to our senior community - the Challenge helps raise community spirit, it helps increase awareness about seniors issues and, most importantly, it enhances the lives our residents in our ten long-term care homes and seniors seeking assistance through out community agencies and partners,” said Sandra Pitters, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services.

In addition to the fastest male and female runners in nine age categories, the Students Supporting Seniors award was also handed out to the Kipling Acres Youth Council for the group with the largest number of youth participants. As well, Dixon Hall was honoured as the agency with the most participants.

Teams of volunteers were also on hand to help with sign-in and registration and at the barbecue; a squad of cheerleaders from Cardinal Newman High School were stationed at the finish line and another squad from Bishop Allen Academy at the half-way point on the five km route to encourage runners and walkers. The 19th annual Toronto Challenge will take place on Sunday June 13, 2010.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
James Buttivant, Communications and Marketing Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-397-5301, 416-892-2506 (cell), jbuttiv@toronto.ca



 

 

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