Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Join The Raptor, the most popular mascot in the NBA for a fun day of heart health



    Strap on your walking shoes at this family oriented event, the 23rd
    Annual GTA Walk of Life

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Torontonians are invited to come out and meet
The Raptor, the official mascot of the Toronto Raptors and voted Best Mascot
2006 by Gameops.com, on Sunday April 29, for the 23rd Annual GTA Walk of Life
in support of the Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundation (CCRF). Hundreds
of participants have already registered for this exciting day of family fun
including a warm-up by Tonya Rouse, Fitness Specialist, Citytv's CityNews &
CP24 and the choice of a 3-km, 5-km or 7-km walk along the scenic Martin
Goodman Trail.
    Inspired by cardiac rehabilitation specialists' prescribed method of
exercise for heart attack patients, the CCRF launched the first Walk of Life
in Toronto. Now a national program, with over 30 walks across the country, the
GTA Walk of Life is the flagship event for the Foundation. The walk and all
the activities surrounding it, is a great family event and along with the
opportunity to meet The Raptor also includes complimentary nutritious snacks
and refreshments, prizes, and entertainment for kids of all ages.

    
    When:     Sunday April 29, 2007. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: rain or shine.

    Photo Opportunities:

              8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Registration begins, snacks and
              refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market & Marigold's and
              Onions, meet and greet with The Raptor.

              8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.: Fitness Institute seminars including:
              benefits of weight training, lower back care stretching,
              fitness tips and a question & answer period.

              10:00 a.m.: Welcome from George Jonescu, Host of AM740's Big
              Band Sunday Night; Leo DelZotto, President, CCRF and Bruce
              Avery, Chairman of the 2007 Walk Committee. Cheque presentation
              of funds raised through the 2007 GTA Walk of Life.

              10:15 a.m.: Walk Warm-Up led by Tonya Rouse, Fitness
              Specialist, Citytv's CityNews & CP24 and Steve Roest of the
              Fitness Institute

              10:30 a.m.: Kick-Off of the 2007 GTA Walk of Life with an
              official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the bridge to the Martin
              Goodman Trail with The Raptor; Leo DelZotto, President, CCRF;
              Dr. Terence Kavanagh, Founder, Toronto Rehab; Robin Campbell,
              Executive Director, Advancement, Faculty of Physical Education
              and Health at the University of Toronto; Tonya Rouse, Fitness
              Specialist, Citytv's CityNews & CP24 and other special guests.

    Media are also invited to follow participants along the Martin Goodman
    Trail as they complete the 2007 GTA Walk of Life with music provided by
    unbelievable percussionists, The Samba Crew.

    Where:    The GTA Walk of Life registration, The KidSport FunZone, and
              more will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall at
              Exhibition Place, with the Walk following the Martin Goodman
              Trail. Free parking is available in Lot L at Exhibition Place,
              which is also easily accessible by TTC and GO Transit.
    

    Interested participants can register for the Walk of Life the morning of
the event starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information about the Walk of Life,
please contact Christina Mellos at 416-730-8299 or visit
www.cardiacrehabilitation.ca.

    Heart disease is the number one cause of premature deaths in Canada, with
80,000 Canadians dying each year. An aging population, poor diet, physical
inactivity and smoking all contribute to poor cardiovascular health, and with
the alarming rise of obesity in Canadian youth, this is no longer a problem
that is exclusive to older generations. The Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation
Foundation supports community cardiac rehabilitation programs across Canada as
well as organizations investigating improved methods of rehabilitation and the
prevention of heart disease.

    National sponsors of the 23rd Annual GTA Walk of Life are: Great West
Life, London Life and Canada Life; Tridel; Scotiabank; Rogers; Brooks; The
Printing House Limited; BMO Bank of Montreal; Lafarge; Universal Workers Union
of North America, Local 183; and Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT. This year's
local sponsors are: Whole Foods Market; Fitness Institute (Willowdale &
Mississauga Clubs); Dorsay Development Corporation; Del Condominium Life; Del
Property Management Inc.; Active Green + Ross Tire & Automotive Centre;
Travelers Guarantee Company of Canada; Exhibition Place; The Walking Room;
ForMost Events Inc.; Drive Agency Inc.; and Lewis Carroll Communications.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts (April 27, 2007): Jane Holland
and Megan Winkler, Lewis Carroll Communications, T: (416) 968-3845, E:
info@lewiscarrollcom.com; On Site Media Contact (April 29, 2007): Johanna
Burkhard, C: (647) 283-4151

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