Habitat for Humanity Toronto Scores a Touchdown



    Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation and Canadian Auto Workers to Build
    Habitat Home During 2007 Grey Cup Festival

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - During a press conference today at the Varsity
Centre, home of 31 Grey Cup games, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Head Coach of
the Toronto Argonauts, and Buzz Hargrove, President, Canadian Auto Workers
union, announced that the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation and the CAW
have joined forces to fund the construction of, and build, a Habitat for
Humanity Toronto home.
    The home will be built outside Rogers Centre during the Via Rail Bremner
Street Festival in the days leading up to the 95th Grey Cup championship. CFL
players and cheerleaders, members from the Canadian Auto Workers union, and
Habitat for Humanity Toronto partner families will work side-by-side to build
the home in just four days. CFL fans who wish to participate and build
alongside their football heroes may make a donation to Habitat for Humanity
Toronto.
    "We are thrilled that the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation and the
CAW have come together celebrate the 95th Grey Cup by giving back to the
community in such a tangible way," said Habitat for Humanity Toronto CEO Neil
Hetherington. "Thanks to this incredible partnership, one more family in need
will move out of poverty housing into their own simple, decent, affordable
home."
    "The Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation is looking forward to a
productive partnership with Habitat for Humanity Toronto and Canadian Auto
Workers union," said Michael Clemons. "We can work together to make a
difference to ensure we motivate, nurture, and empower the under-resourced
within our communities. This is just the first step for the foundation in
making a real difference in the lives of families within our communities."
    "On behalf of the CAW's 265,000 members from coast to coast, I'm proud to
announce our union's participation at this important event during Grey Cup
week in Toronto," said CAW President Buzz Hargrove. "Everyone deserves to live
in clean, safe and affordable accommodations," said Hargrove. "By working
together and seeking innovative housing solutions such as those offered
through Habitat for Humanity projects, we are providing a solution for some of
the many families in Canada who are seeking affordable housing."
    At 3:00 p.m. on November 25, just hours before kick-off of the 95th Grey
Cup, a Habitat for Humanity Toronto family will 'kick-off' a new chapter in
their lives as they receive the keys of their Habitat home during a key
presentation ceremony.

    About Habitat for Humanity Toronto

    Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit,
non-denominational Christian housing organization. Habitat welcomes all people
without discrimination to join us to build simple, decent, affordable homes in
partnership with low-income families.
    One hundred percent of all administrative and fundraising costs are paid
for by the operation of three ReStores, which sell donated, quality new and
gently-used renovation materials. Habitat for Humanity has built more than
225,000 homes with families in need in over 100 countries. Every 21 minutes,
Habitat for Humanity builds a new home.

    About the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation

    The Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation's core mission is to foster
vision, leadership, and continued education. Our vision is to quicken academic
excellence, infuse depth of character, promote health and vitality, and
inspire generosity in our youth. The four pillars of our vision are:
    Character - promotes the foundation of good citizenship
    Education - which is the catalyst for success and progress
    Health - which is the foundation of vitality
    Under-Resourced - which is the foundation of philanthropy.
    Through organized fundraising appeals and events, such as the Pinball
Wizard gala, our goal is to make substantial contributions to local health,
human resources, education, and character building programs that serve our
community.

    About the Canadian Auto Workers Union

    The CAW is Canada's largest private sector union with 265,000 members in
workplaces from coast to coast. The union represents workers in virtually
every economic sector including aerospace, auto, auto parts, shipbuilding,
rail, airlines, health care, retail, mining, general manufacturing, fishing,
and transportation. Away from the bargaining table, the union is known for its
involvement in a wide range of social justice projects and causes both in
Canada and around the globe.

    About the Grey Cup 2007

    An annual tradition celebrated by Canadians from coast-to-coast since
1909, the Grey Cup is Canada's largest professional sporting event. In
addition to the thousands filling Rogers Centre on Sunday, November 25, the
Grey Cup will be watched by millions of fans across Canada on CBC and RDS and
in more than 160 countries around the globe. Toronto last hosted the Grey Cup
in 1992 when Calgary defeated Winnipeg 24-10.

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For further information:

For further information: Neil Hetherington, CEO, Habitat for Humanity
Toronto, (416) 755-7353 x 223 or cell (416) 436-4190,
neil@torontohabitat.on.ca; Beth Waldman, Director, Communications, Toronto
Argonauts Football Club, (416) 341-2720 or cell (416) 219-4410,
bwaldman@argonauts.on.ca; John McClyment, Communications, CAW National
Representative, (416) 495-3766 or cell (416) 315-3202, John.McClyment@caw.ca


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