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December 17, 2009
Toronto Emergency Medical Services, EMS Services across Canada and Canadian citizens donate over 4,500 - $10 gift certificates to Canadian forces personnel serving overseas

City of Toronto-Toronto EMS delivered an early gift to the Canadian troops in Kandahar today thanks to the generosity of Toronto EMS staff, EMS staff across Canada, Canadian citizens and over 40 caring students from Beverley Heights Middle School and Weston Memorial Junior Public School.

October 28th, Chief Bruce Farr, General Manager of Toronto EMS and President of the EMS Chiefs of Canada, launched a challenge to all EMS services across the country to support the Toronto EMS initiative “Share A Cup With A Brave Canuck!”. He asked that Canadians find it in their hearts to purchase a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card, insert in it a personal message and send it to the challenge so that at least one card could be sent to every soldier serving in Afghanistan.

At the special ceremony at EMS Headquarters today, Chief Bruce Farr announced the following; “We are thrilled to tell you that our generous EMS staff, EMS services across the country and caring Canadians contributed enough cards to exceed our hopes. The final total is over 4,500 cards. This is a gift for every soldier now serving overseas.”

Kim Lam and her classmate Bachtir Seitova, Grade 8 students at Beverley Heights Middle School, learned of the challenge, and wanted to participate. Kim said; “I am happy our teacher told us about this challenge after hearing about it on the radio. We enjoyed participating and helping the Canadians who are in Afghanistan.”

Colonel Stephen Cadden, and a number of his troops were on hand to accept the gift from Toronto EMS and assured the attendees that their generosity would be greatly appreciated by the troops and that the cards would arrive in Kandahar in time for Christmas.

Guests were treated to a Hero Burger and a hot Tim Horton’s hot chocolate. They were able to read thank-you notes like this one from one of last years card recipients: “Thank you for the Tim Card, I enjoyed the coffee and donut, and bought one for a buddy, your treat! What I enjoyed the most was your message of thanks and good wishes-I don’t know you but I will keep the card, Canadian to Canadian! Cheers!”

Chief Farr asked for continued campaign support. Campaign information will be found at this new website; or by email:

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 contacts:
Kim McKinnon, Coordinator Public Information and Media, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, 416-392-2255,; Ric Rangel-Bron, Manger, Operations Support, 416-392-2125,, Dave Ralph, Manager of Community Safeguard Services, 416-392-2192,



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