Posted by: AdminS
City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
June 15, 2015
Thousands came out yesterday to the Toronto Challenge, presented by MonsterMortgage.ca, in support of Toronto’s seniors. Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities took part in one of three events to help raise money to enhance the quality of life for seniors living in the City’s long-term care homes.
“Toronto’s Long-Term Care Homes & Services provide exceptional care and services to Toronto’s seniors and vulnerable individuals each and every day,” said Reg Paul, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes & Services. “But the money raised through this event goes a long way in providing those little extras that make our residents’ lives more enjoyable. This event makes a tremendous difference to so many.”
“MonsterMortgage.ca is proud to support this incredible event that touches the lives of so many people, especially seniors,” said Nick Ametrano, Vice-President, MonsterMortgage.ca. “Through this event, the participants honour Toronto’s seniors and say thanks for helping make Toronto the city it is today.”
The annual event included the MonsterMortgage.ca 5K run, the Medical Pharmacies 5K walk and the 1K fun walk. Over its 24 years, the event has raised approximately $10 million and is expected to add approximately half a million dollars to the overall total this year. Funds are used by the City’s 10 long-term care homes to provide community outings, special events, recreation and entertainment activities, home theatre equipment, large print books and other daily enhancement activities. Over 40 community agencies use the event for their own fundraising initiatives.
The fastest male and female runners in nine different age categories and the youngest and oldest participants in each event were honoured. Results from the event will be posted on the Toronto Challenge website: www.toronto.ca/challenge.
Next year, on Sunday, June 12, the Toronto Challenge will celebrate its silver anniversary, and will include a number of exciting additions to help commemorate 25 years of supporting seniors.
Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE (Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence).
This news release is also available on the City’s website: http://bit.ly/1FWLf3l
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