Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign launches May 4
TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - On Saturday, May 4, 2013, Special Olympics
Canada and Staples Canada will officially kick off the annual Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign, a fundraising initiative geared towards helping Special
Olympics athletes across Canada achieve their full potential. All 330
plus Staples Canada stores across the country will be participating in
this annual fundraising campaign. This year's campaign will run from
May 4, 2013 until Saturday, May 26, 2013.
"As the largest corporate supporter of Special Olympics Canada, we know
that there are many families and athletes in the communities we live
and work that need our support," said Steve Matyas, president of
Staples Canada. "Helping to collect much-needed funds and spreading the
word about this great organization has become a part of our fabric and
Staples Canada customers are encouraged to visit their local Staples
store to make a donation and share a dream. Proceeds raised will go
directly to Special Olympics programs in their communities, helping
kids like Oliver, this year's campaign star, be more physically active
while developing the confidence and skills to succeed both on and off
the field of play.
Oliver is one of many Canadians with an intellectual disability who
benefits from the daily programs provided by Special Olympics Canada.
In addition to the well-known national and international Special
Olympic Games, Special Olympics offers youth programs aimed at
improving motor, social and cognitive skills in children and youth, and
weekly year-round sport training for all abilities ages 12 and up.
These programs provide an opportunity for those with an intellectual
disability to socialize and be a part of a greater community.
Last year's Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign surpassed its fundraising goal of $300,000, raising an
incredible $508,560. This year, Staples Canada and Special Olympics
Canada hope to raise a minimum of $500,000 that will go towards
supporting the daily Special Olympics programs offered in communities
across the country. Through the public's donations, more athletes like
Oliver will be able to experience the transformative power and joy of
About Special Olympics Canada
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement
is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual
disability through sport. Operating out of sport clubs in all Canadian
provinces and territories, except Nunavut, this grassroots movement
reaches beyond the sphere of sports to empower individuals, change
attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults,
more than 35,880 children, youth and adults with an intellectual
disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs
across Canada, and they are supported by more than 16,452 volunteers,
including more than 12,209 trained coaches.
For more information, visit www.specialolympics.ca or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).
About Staples Canada
Staples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products.
Serving all types of business - from the small home office to large
enterprise - Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their
offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection
of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as
well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance,
and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the province of Quebec and Staples Canada in all other provinces,
the company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at their
head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top
ten Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011
Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to
offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to
shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros
also is invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively
support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in
Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE: Special Olympics Canada
For further information:
Special Olympics Canada
T: 416.927.9050 ext. 4312
Head of Communications, Canada
T: 416.905.737.1147 ext. 2362