Event Gets Underway at 9:00 a.m., May 7, 2011 at Ottawa's City Hall
OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW/ - Ottawa City Hall is the place to be on Saturday,
May 7. Make-A-Wish® of Eastern Ontario and Innovapost, an Ottawa-based
provider of IT solutions and services, are inviting families, walkers
and runners to come down and take part in the fourth annual 'Innovapost
Share the Power of a Wish' Walk/Run.
The event offers a day of fun for families, beginners and competitive
runners alike. Proceeds will go to granting wishes to create hope and
happiness for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Participants can choose to walk or run a 1km, 5km or 10km route along
the picturesque Rideau Canal. There will be plenty of fun all day
including children activities, face painting and bouncy castles, live
music and a free picnic lunch for event participants.
"In 2010, we were able to fulfill 10 wonderful dreams for our Wish
children because of the proceeds and efforts from the 'Innovapost Share
the Power of a Wish' Walk/Run. With the help of Innovapost and over 750
participants, we collectively hit our goal on that magical day," said
Mike Wlotzki, Executive Director of Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario. "We
are striving once again in 2011 to continue making a difference and
have other children's dreams become a reality."
For several years, Innovapost has adopted 'Children and Families in
Need' as the company cause, and Make-A-Wish® of Eastern Ontario as one
of the charities strongly supported.
"Together with our event sponsors, Innovapost is delighted to support
this important event again this year," said Dave Allum, Senior Vice
President at Innovapost. "Our goal for 2011 is to raise enough funds
to grant the wishes of ten more local children facing life threatening
The Innovapost Share the Power of a Wish Walk/Run is one of the largest
fundraising events for Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario. Since 2002,
Innovapost has raised over $2 million for various charities throughout
Ottawa, Mississauga and Toronto, where their 750 employees live and
"Meeting the children and families that our event assists is a
joy-filled yet humbling experience." said Innovapost's Erin Sarsfield,
Race Director and member of the company's Consulting Services practice.
"Their faces light up with happiness talking about the impact of a
Wish. I am pleased to be part of a company that supports Make-A-Wish."
The public is encouraged to register in advance by visiting the event
Wish Family and participant interviews can be arranged by Dennis Elliott
Innovapost organizer and runner/walker interviews can be arranged by
Graeme Innes (613.293.3722)
Make-A-Wish® Canada is part of the largest not-for-profit wish granting
organization in the world, serving 36 countries with international
affiliates on five continents. Since inception in 1980, Make-A-Wish®
has helped make over 250,000 wishes come true for children around the
Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario got started with a little girl's wish for a
trip to Walt Disney World® Resort in 1997. Maureen MacArthur organized
a group of volunteers to form a board and the new chapter was
officially incorporated and granted charitable status on January 1,
The chapter includes a staff of three and covers a territory that
includes Belleville, Kingston, Brockville, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Ottawa
and everything in between. Our area includes the counties of Addington;
Carleton; Dundas; Frontenac; Glengarry; Grenville; Hastings; Lanark;
Leeds; Lennox; Prescott; Renfrew; Russell; and Stormont.
Innovapost is a leading provider of IT solutions and services, with a
specialization in SAP, e-business and mobility solution development.
Our services include business and technical consulting, application
development, application management, infrastructure service management
and change & human performance consulting. Innovapost was founded in
2002 and has offices located in Ottawa, Mississauga and Toronto. For
more information, visit our website at www.innovapost.com.
SOURCE Innovapost Inc.
For further information:
Dennis Elliott, Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario
Manager, Communications, 613.296.7712
Graeme Innes, Innovapost