Media Advisory - Special Thanksgiving for Wish Children at Mosport Park

AJAX, ON, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Children coping with a life threatening illness have a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of riding in real racing and exotic cars around a world famous track this Thanksgiving weekend.

In association with The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Pfaff Auto Group Inc. and Mosport Park, Doncaster Racing will be hosting this private event in support of Children's Wish and the children and families the organization serves.

The event, Children's Wish Ride-Along, is in its 20th year and is a widely anticipated attraction for Ontario children diagnosed with a life threatening illness and their families. Members of the racing community come together to provide a rare opportunity for the wish children to experience the joy and thrill of riding around Mosport track.

Event organizers Jeff Pabst and Dave Lacey, have organized the fundraiser since the inaugural event and have seen first-hand the impact of the day on the children and their families.

"We are elated to be able to provide this unique experience to our wonderful children. The day represents an opportunity for the children to forget their pain and illness and focus on something fun and exciting with their families. Drivers donate their time and use of their vehicles just to see the smile on the children's faces," Lacey said.

"The Children's Wish Ride-Along is a very special day for all of us here at Children's Wish. We have the privilege of working with incredible children and their families and welcome this opportunity to provide them with a thrilling adventure with some generous supporters from our community. It's a special Thanksgiving for Children's Wish this year," said Sandra Harris, Director, Ontario Region of Children's Wish.

WHAT:       Children's Wish Ride-Along
WHEN:       Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
WHO:      Dave Lacey, Managing Partner, Brookfield RPS   
Jeff Pabst, General Manager Pfaff Autoworks
      Representatives from The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada   
Members of Racing Community
WHERE:      Mosport Park, 3233 Concession Rd. # 10, Bowmanville, ON   
For details, please contact Lina Zakaria - 416.833.3218

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life threatening illness.  Since 1984, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to 18,000 children and their families.

This year, Children's Wish expects to grant over 1,000 new wishes and with the help of volunteers and generous donors, is able to grant nearly three wishes every day.  Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family. Children's Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information.

SOURCE: The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

For further information:

For Media Requests: 

Sandra Gregory
Communications Specialist - Ontario Region
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Telephone:  905.767.6356 
email: sandra.gregory@childrenswish.ca
www.childrenswish.ca