#EndKidsCancer One Step at a Time
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. and The Hospital for
Sick Children are calling on all residents in the Greater Toronto Area
to lace up for the fourth annual Sears Great Canadian Run. On
September 20, participants will embark on a 100-kilometre team relay
from Toronto to Blue Mountain Resort to raise money for the fight
against childhood cancer. Proceeds raised from The Run will be
collected by the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and will be evenly
allocated to the Sears Cancer Clinic at SickKids and the Sears
Childhood Cancer Fellowship at SickKids that conducts national
paediatric oncology research.
"Twenty-five per cent of all children diagnosed with cancer in Canada
come through the doors of SickKids," said Seanna Dempsey, Vice
President, Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation. "It is through
valued partnerships and support that SickKids is able to continue to
provide world-leading care to patients and their families. We are
grateful to Sears Canada for its continued support of the Sears Cancer
Clinic and its help in raising awareness and funds for life-saving
paediatric oncology research, learning and care."
The Run is a fundraising event with three years of past success and over
$2 million raised for pediatric oncology initiatives.
Each team, comprised of up to 20 people, will create an individual
strategy to best manage the 100-kilometre course. With legs varying in
distance from four to 12 kilometres, participants are able to run a
distance appropriate for them. Exchange points will provide
refreshments and activities to fuel and motivate, as runners "pass the
baton". A post-run celebration will be held near the finish line to
celebrate team successes and a journey well run.
"The Sears Great Canadian Run supports a fundraising initiative that
holds great meaning to our customers and associates across Canada,"
said Doug Campbell, President and CEO, Sears Canada. "With the
expansion to Alberta this year, the Run is now a three-event series, in
Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto, that raises funds for children and their
families living with and beyond cancer in communities that are
passionate about supporting this important cause."
Participants can log on to www.TheRun.ca or call 1-855-70-WE-RUN (9-3786) to register. Personalized profiles
will be created, complete with fundraising tools and helpful hints for
teams to reach fundraising goals. Friends and families are encouraged
to gather along the route to cheer participants on. Team sponsorship
and general donations can be made at www.TheRun.ca website.
About the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation
The Sears Canada Charitable Foundation is a registered Canadian charity
that collects and distributes donations to charitable organizations
that support Sears Canada's community investment mandate, which is
focused on the healthy development of children and youth in areas of
both health and education. The health component is centered on raising
awareness and providing funds for research and treatment for the fight
against childhood cancer. The education component is centered on
after-school programs and initiatives, which enrich children's lives
and allow them to reach their full potential as contributing members of
About Sears Canada
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes
176 corporate stores, 229 hometown dealer stores, over 1,400 catalogue
and online merchandise pick-up locations, 96 Sears Travel offices and a
nationwide repair and service network. The Company also publishes
Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers
shopping online at www.sears.ca.
SOURCE: Sears Canada Inc.
For further information:
Sears Great Canadian Run