TORONTO, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Thanks to the generosity of Toronto race
fans, support from Honda Canada Inc. and the Ontario Honda Dealers
Association (OHDA), more than $57,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish Canada
during a race weekend filled with fun both on and off the track. This
marks the fourth straight year of Make-A-Wish® fundraising efforts at the Honda Indy Toronto, which has generated a
total of $308,000.
"On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish Canada, I'd like to express our
sincere thanks to Honda Canada, its dealers and, of course, the fans,"
said Jennifer Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. "This level of
commitment and support is a huge part of how we can continue to grant
wishes and bring happiness and strength to the lives of children with
life-threatening medical conditions."
Four years of Fan Friday, donate year-round
Race lovers of all ages were once again treated to the speed and thrill
of the Honda Indy Toronto for free during the fourth annual Fan Friday.
Rather than pay admission, attendees were encouraged to make a
contribution to Make-A-Wish. Donations were also accepted for games and
activities including Blue Jays batting cages, face painting, an all-new
Honda Pit Stop Challenge and racing simulators. All contributions over
the weekend were matched dollar-for-dollar by Honda Canada.
"Fan Friday has grown every year and we're very proud to have a role in
its evolution," said Kevin Pearson, president, Ontario Honda Dealers
Association. "Perhaps the best part of this event is that it's not just
for race fans. There truly is something for everyone and it all happens
in support of Make-A-Wish."
The races may be over, but there are always opportunities to donate to
Make-A-Wish. To make a five dollar donation, text the word 'DREAM' to
41010 from any mobile phone. With support from organizations like Honda
Canada and the OHDA, Make-A-Wish grants over 500 wishes a year through
eight regional chapters across the country.
"Activities like this are very much a part of who Honda is as a
company," said Dave Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing,
Honda Canada. "We're happy to support our Ontario Honda Dealers and
it's great to see so many fans join us every year to help grant the
wishes of kids across the country."
About the Ontario Honda Dealers Association:
The Ontario Honda Dealers Association, which was founded in 1989,
represents 77 Honda dealers located in 62 communities throughout
Ontario, which is home to the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants
that produce Civic, Canada's best-selling passenger car for 15
consecutive years, in addition to the CR-V. The 77 Honda dealerships in
Ontario, which have a proven track record for providing maximum
customer satisfaction, employ approximately 3,000 associates.
About Make-A-Wish® Canada
Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings
hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical
conditions. Along with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters
grant magical wishes to children in need from coast-to-coast. This
year, Make-A-Wish Canada is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the granting of more than 5,000 wishes to children in
need. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish is the largest wish-granting organization in
the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 310,000
children since 1980. For more information please visit www.makeawish.ca.
About the Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto took place July 12-14, 2013 on the streets
surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto.
With 27 years of IndyCar racing history in Toronto, the Honda Indy
Toronto is among the most respected motorsports events in North America
and includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity
athletes, and a festival of live entertainment and interactive
activities. For more information, visit hondaindytoronto.com. Follow the Honda Indy Toronto on Twitter @HondaIndy and 'Like' us on Facebook at facebook.com/HondaIndyToronto.
SOURCE: Honda Canada Inc.
For further information:
Honda Canada Inc.
(416) 342-1834 (Office)
(416) 873-8535 (Mobile)