SickKids scores 15 million reasons to celebrate TD employees

Wayne Gretzky assists SickKids in congratulating TD employees on $15 million milestone

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - This evening, the generosity of TD Bank Group employees was celebrated by hockey's Great One, Wayne Gretzky, at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). TD employees have raised $15 million in donations for SickKids Foundation through a combination of in-branch and grassroots fundraising initiatives since 1994 through TD's support of Children's Miracle Network.

"TD's team effort exemplifies the amazing results we can achieve by working together - their support over the years has added up to help SickKids make a big difference for families in the community and at TD," said Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Great One and TD Brand Ambassador.

The milestone was recognized by hockey's Great One, Wayne Gretzky, who thanked TD employees for their 17-year-long commitment to SickKids. Gretzky was joined by four-year-old SickKids patient ambassador Hunter Kemp and his 16-year-old brother Josh Kemp, who spoke about what makes Hunter, who is a leukemia survivor, his "great one."

"We are so grateful to TD for its long-standing commitment to SickKids. I want to applaud the thousands of staff and TD customers who have raised more than $15 million for the urgent needs of the Hospital," said Ted Garrard, President and CEO of SickKids Foundation. "TD employees and customers' generous donations have allowed SickKids to continue to provide world-class medical care, invest in research to change the future of children's health and train doctors who care for children from across Canada."

The $15-million milestone was achieved through the fundraising efforts of employees from all across the GTA and Northern Ontario since 1994. TD employees raised funds through in-branch and grassroots initiatives, including customer donations, golf tournaments and sponsorships.

"TD's support and dedication over the past 17 years is truly commendable," said John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer, Children's Miracle Network. "From monthly customer donations to organizing fundraisers to securing sponsorship, the employees at TD have worked tirelessly over the years to achieve this incredible milestone and make an impact at children's hospitals all across the country."

To celebrate TD's great ones, a plaque honouring their philanthropy will be displayed on the fountain under the Children's Miracle Network bridge in the Atrium at SickKids. The plaque represents the hard work, dedication and commitment of TD employees.

Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase specialized equipment, and ensure excellence in care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at ChildrensMiracleNetwork.ca.

SickKids Foundation

Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids -- one of the world's foremost paediatric health-care institutions. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, SickKids Foundation made an investment of $61.9 million in children's health, a direct result of community and corporate support. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.

Image with caption: "Wayne Gretzky assists SickKids in celebrating TD employees' $15 million donation milestone during an event in Toronto, November 9, 2011. TD employees have been fundraising for SickKids since 1994 through TD's support of Children's Miracle Network. (CNW Group/SickKids Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111109_C4391_PHOTO_EN_6446.jpg

Image with caption: "Nine-year-old patient Connor Kozack, goes for a goal on the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, during a celebration event at SickKids marking TD's $15 million donation milestone, in Toronto, November 9, 2011. (CNW Group/SickKids Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111109_C4391_PHOTO_EN_6447.jpg

SOURCE SickKids Foundation

For further information:

Sandra Chiovitti
SickKids Foundation
416-813-8292
Cell: 416-553-4198
sandra.chiovitti@sickkidsfoundation.com

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