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January 19, 2005
Fire exploring Cannonball Run to fight muscular dystrophy
Toronto Fire Services, in partnership with the Toronto Professional Fire
Fighters' Association, will meet with representatives from Cannonball Run
Europe tomorrow. Toronto Fire Fighters' Toy Drive, one of Fire Services' oldest
and biggest charities, may submit an entry for the inaugural 4,187 km
Cannonball Run Canada. A dedicated team of active and retired fire fighters
believes they can raise a significant amount of money and awareness to fight
muscular dystrophy through this initiative.

Date: Thursday, January 20

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Toronto Fire Station #332 Media Room, 260 Adelaide St. W.

Fire fighters have been the backbone of Muscular Dystrophy Canada since it
started. Fifty years ago, the Toronto Fire Services rolled through the streets
with sirens sounding, going door-to-door and was the first organization to
donate $100,000 to Muscular Dystrophy Canada at its inception in November 1954.
Subsequently, Canadian fire fighters have raised more than $50 million for
Muscular Dystrophy.

"Looking into the future, off-duty and retired fire fighters might be in the
driver's seat of Cannonball Run history to raise significant money and
awareness for Muscular Dystrophy Canada," said Deputy Chief Patrick McCabe.

"Today we see an evolution of fire fighter humanitarian initiatives where our
two oldest and biggest charities might join hands. We see a wide network of
resources and are interested in new initiatives to enhance our support of
Muscular Dystrophy Canada," said Scott Marks, president of the Toronto
Professional Fire Fighters' Association.

Cannonball Run Europe is Europe's premier car rally. Cannonball Canada starts
in Montreal on September 18 and ends at an unknown destination on September 24.

For information about Muscular Dystrophy Canada visit

Media contact:
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services 416-338-9319,
416-807-7140 (cell), 416-334-5223 (pager)



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