Mattamy Homes joins forces with Ride the Rideau to fight cancer

OTTAWA, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that Mattamy Homes has come on board as the new title sponsor of the Ride the Rideau, Eastern Ontario's most successful cancer fundraiser and the signature fundraising event for The Ottawa Hospital (TOH).

Mattamy Homes, Canada's largest new home builder, has a long history of supporting local community efforts and charitable causes that contribute to people living healthy and productive lives.

"For 35 years, homeowners have trusted Mattamy Homes with one of the biggest decisions of their lives - buying a home," said Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes.

"Our way of saying 'thank you' and giving back to our homeowners and local communities is to support those issues that mean the most to them," Gilgan said. "That's why we are proud to be a part of the Ride the Rideau event in support of cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital."

Mattamy Homes replaces Nordion Inc., which has been the title sponsor of Ride the Rideau since the event began four years ago. Nordion Inc. continues its role as an active supporter of Ride the Rideau as sponsor and leader of the event's volunteer contingent.

The Ride has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception. In just four years, Ride the Rideau has raised over $6.45 million in support of cancer research, including the development of personalized therapies for cancer patients and clinical trials at TOH. 

A business leader and committed philanthropist, Gilgan is also an avid cyclist and will be joining the ride as a member of the Mattamy Homes team.

"We're thrilled to have Mattamy Homes on board," said Tim Kluke, President and CEO,  The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. "Having the support of a leading North American company like Mattamy Homes will help to further raise the profile of this already successful event and help make an even bigger impact."

Ride the Rideau is Eastern Ontario's most successful cancer fundraiser and a signature event of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. In the past four years, the Ride has raised more than $6.45 million in support of groundbreaking cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital. For more information about the Sept. 6 event visit www.ridetherideau.ca 

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation's mission is to inspire and enable people to support the highest quality health care at The Ottawa Hospital and lifesaving research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. For more information, visit The Ottawa Hospital Foundation website at www.ohfoundation.ca.  

The Ottawa Hospital is a multi-campus, academic health sciences centre, serving 1.2 million residents of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, both in English and French. It provides care for more patients than any other hospital in Canada, and boasts specialty centres in cancer, heart, kidney and vision care, as well as rehabilitation services. For more information, visit The Ottawa Hospital website at www.ottawahospital.on.ca

Mattamy Homes is Canada's largest new home builder, with operations across Canada and the United States. Mattamy has built more than 60,000 homes in hundreds of communities across North America. In Canada, those communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, while in the United States, the company is represented in six metropolitan areas: Minneapolis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com for more information.

SOURCE Ottawa Hospital Foundation

For further information:

Tracey Tong
Media Relations and Marketing Officer
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation
Office: 613-798-5555, ext. 19816
Cell: 613-324-4466
trtong@toh.on.ca

Brent Carey
Director, Communications
Mattamy Homes Limited
Office: 905-829-7684
Cell: 416-723-1834
brent.carey@mattamycorp.com