Grant Thornton LLP employees make their steps count with cross-Canada walk

TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Grant Thornton employees across the country laced up their walking shoes today to take part in the Grant Thornton Foundation's first annual Making Steps Count Walk—a walk-a-thon supporting three Canadian children's charities.

More than 800 employees in 56 offices across Canada participated in the walk, raising a grand total of $77,265 for the Grant Thornton Foundation's three national charities: Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada; Breakfast Club of Canada; and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. The company's Orillia office took the prize for raising the most funds, with Grant Thornton LLP adding $50,000 for a grand total of $127,265!

"The Grant Thornton Foundation's Making Steps Count Walk gave us a unique opportunity to make a difference in our communities," says Phil Noble, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Partner. "It goes to show that by volunteering together, donating together and working together toward a common goal, we can impact the lives of a greater number of Canadian youth and, in turn, make our communities stronger."

The Making Steps Count Walk was just one part of the Grant Thornton Foundation's year-long campaign to raise funds for its three national charities. Money raised through the campaign will go towards a variety of youth-focused programs—including funding mentor/mentee relationships through Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, purchasing food for the Breakfast Club of Canada and supporting activities through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada that focus on healthy living, personal growth, learning and community involvement.

The Grant Thornton Foundation, established in 2011, is a vehicle designed to help Grant Thornton employees streamline their collective philanthropic efforts—whether in the form of fundraising, volunteering or donating professional expertise—to make the greatest impact possible in communities across the country.

About the Grant Thornton Foundation
The Grant Thornton Foundation is a Canadian registered charity designed to organize the collective efforts and significant contributions of Grant Thornton LLP employees across Canada. The foundation focuses on providing financial support for local, national and international causes that resonate with our people. In 2015, the foundation's national campaign focuses on three charities—Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada, Breakfast Clubs of Canada and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. You can learn more about the Grant Thornton Foundation here.

About Grant Thornton LLP
Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Together with the Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton in Canada has approximately 4,000 people in offices across Canada. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in over to 100 countries worldwide.

SOURCE Grant Thornton LLP

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For further information: If you'd like to learn more about the Making Steps Count Walk--or the Grant Thornton Foundation--please contact Krista Han, Krista.Han@ca.gt.com or +1 506 460 8440

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