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February 27, 2009
Toronto ambulances to improve health care in El Salvador
Members of Toronto’s Latin American community will gather March 1 to send off two ambulances that the City of Toronto is donating to Soyapango, El Salvador. The donation has been made possible by a technical partnership between the two cities under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

A Caravan of Hope consisting of a group of volunteers headed by Father Hernan Astudillo will drive the ambulances through Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Councillors Howard Moscoe (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence) and Joe Mihevc, (Ward 21 St. Paul’s), as well as Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr, will speak to the community following a mass at San Lorenzo Anglican Church before handing over the ambulance keys to Father Hernan Astudillo. Media are invited to enjoy a traditional El Salvadoran snack following the ceremony.

Date: Sunday, March 1
Location: San Lorenzo Anglican Church, 2981 Dufferin St. (south of Lawrence)
Time: 2 p.m.

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Media contact:
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS media relations, 416-392-2255, 416-708-8125 (cell),



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