Leafs 30th annual skate with fans for Easter Seals Kids



    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - For 30 years now, the Toronto Maple Leafs have
welcomed the chance to skate with fans for Easter Seals Kids. This year the
Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids takes place Sunday, December
2nd at the Air Canada Centre in support of children, youth and young adults
with physical disabilities in Ontario.
    For a minimum $100 in pledges, participants receive a 40-minute skate
session for the chance of a lifetime, to skate with their favourite Leafs
players. Top fundraising efforts will be rewarded and all participants can
enjoy the variety of concourse activities ranging from face painting and arts
and crafts to air hockey and floor hockey games.
    "The Easter Seals Skate is a wonderful example of the Leafs commitment to
being leaders in the community and engaging children in the community to be
active regardless of their physical challenges," said Beth Robertson,
vice-president of marketing of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "We're
excited to support this initiative that provides Easter Seals kids and Leafs
fans with a memorable experience."
    "It means the world to Easter Seals children and their families to have
the opportunity to be out on the ice with their favourite Leafs players," says
Carol Lloyd, President and CEO, Easter Seals, Ontario. "This event is also a
great example of kids helping kids. Participants from all over the province
are generously raising pledges, which will go a long way in helping Easter
Seals provide children with physical disabilities with mobility and
communications equipment and opportunities to attend fully-accessible summer
camp."

    The Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids is an initiative of
the Leafs Fund, which is committed to responsible community leadership by
providing access to sports and recreation opportunities, encouraging health
and wellness in the community. Through strong support, the Toronto Maple Leafs
Skate for Easter Seals Kids has raised $5 million to help Ontario's kids with
physical disabilities.

    2007 marks the 85th anniversary of The Easter Seal Society, Ontario.
Easter Seals provides financial assistance for essential mobility equipment,
such as walkers and wheelchairs, for children with physical disabilities, as
well as fully accessible summer camp and funding for participation in other
summer recreational programs. To register or for more information, interested
participants can visit www.easterseals.org.





For further information:

For further information: To host a Corporate Family Hour call: Jessica
Whitehead, The Easter Seal Society, Ontario, (416) 421-8377 ext. 350; Media
Contacts: Barb Saunders, The Easter Seal Society, Ontario, (416) 421-8377 ext.
326; Rajani Kamath, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, (416) 815-5790


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