CP International riders jump 8 clear rounds, raise $80,000 in support of life-saving heart transplant research

CALGARY, Sept. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Riders in the Canadian Pacific (CP) International today completed eight clear rounds to raise $80,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Scott Brash and Ursula XII jumped three clear rounds on their way to winning the $2 million CP International, the final event of Masters week and the conclusion to Spruce Meadows' 41st season.

CP's Clear Rounds for Heart initiative donates $10,000 for each clear round jumped, including clear jumping rounds that include time faults. Since its inception in 2014, CP's Clear Rounds for Heart has raised $540,000 for heart health research and care.

"CP is proud of its partnership with Spruce Meadows and the world-class events they deliver in our home city and province," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer. "Congratulations to Scott and Ursula XII and to all the horses and riders who helped us put money into heart health through CP Has Heart."

CP's donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will go towards life-saving heart transplant research being performed by Dr. Lori West, Director of Heart Transplant Research at the University of Alberta, who is recognized around the world as a pioneer in infant heart transplants.

"CP's support for heart transplant research is tremendously important and will play a large role in improving outcomes for countless individuals," said Dr. Lori West, recipient of the CP Has Heart Research Award. 

Dr. West serves as a cardiologist, a University of Alberta professor, the Canada Research Chair in Cardiac Transplantation, Director of the Alberta Transplant Institute and Director of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program. In her current Heart and Stroke Foundation-funded work, Dr. West is exploring how her findings about cardiac transplantation for babies can improve the success rate of heart transplants in adult patients.

During Masters weekend, CP hosted family-friendly activities including its two mini-trains, the Little General and Puffer Belly Express, and Passport to Heart Health where participants collected stamps by completing heart healthy activities. CP donated $10 for each completed passport, raising another $7,040 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

"CP is supporting lifesaving heart transplant research through our partnership at this world-class event," said Donna Hastings, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alberta, NWT & Nunavut. "CP truly has heart and I am pleased we are creating survivors together."

About Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

About CP Has Heart

At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why, through CP Has Heart, we've already committed more than $8 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.

About the Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through initiatives to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen. Learn how at Heartandstroke.ca

SOURCE Canadian Pacific

Image with caption: "CP's Vice-President of Corporate Affairs Mark Wallace presents the CP International trophy to Scott Brash and Ursula XII at Spruce Meadows on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160911_C2443_PHOTO_EN_769985.jpg

For further information: Contacts: CP 24/7 Media Pager: 855-242-3674; Heart and Stroke Foundation, Holly RoyPublic Relations Specialist, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut, 780 991-2323, Email: hroy@hsf.ab.ca


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