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February 21, 2005
Toronto Restaurant Challenge raises $13,300 for Canadian Red Cross
Participants of the Toronto Restaurant Challenge have collectively raised over
$13,000 for the Canadian Red Cross's Tsunami Relief Fund. The January 26 event,
which saw waiters and staff donate their tips and wages to the Canada-based
charity, was a big success.

"We had a wonderful turnout," says project organizer Deborah Hunt. "The
response was very good and I want to thank the restaurants that participated
and the customers who ventured out on a very cold night to support the Red

"It was great to see our local businesses take an active role in providing some
relief for the disaster-struck area," added City Councillor Adam Giambrone, a
Toronto Restaurant Challenge supporter. "Because so many Sri Lankan immigrants
are employed in Toronto's restaurant industry, the effects of the tsunami
disaster were felt by many on a personal level. I am pleased to see the
solidarity generated through this fundraiser."

Deborah Hunt will be at the offices of the Red Cross today, February 21, at 2
p.m. to drop off the $13,300 cheque.

Media contacts:
Deborah Hunt, 416-534-9820
Robert Camara (Councillor Adam Giambrone's office), 416-392-7012



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