The Relay to End Kids Cancer
TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. is calling on Ontario residents to lace up for The Relay to
End Kids Cancer. On September 22, 2012, relay teams of up to 20 people
are invited to join hundreds of Canadians on a full-day running
adventure from Toronto to Blue Mountain. In 2011, its inaugural year,
800 participants across Canada raised over $500,000 in the first Sears
Great Canadian Run in support of children battling cancer. Proceeds
from The Run support pediatric oncology research and treatment
initiatives at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
The 2nd annual Toronto to Blue Mountain Run will take in the beauty of autumn
on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The stunning route offers four
distance options (25km, 50km, 100km or 125km), and each leg ranges from
4 km to 12 km in length. Teams will have the opportunity to create
their own strategy to manage the route by taking turns throughout the
day. The Run was awarded "Best National Running Event (non-marathon)"
in Get Out There Magazine's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards.
"The Sears Great Canadian Run supports a cause that is important to our
associates and customers in communities across the country," said
Calvin McDonald, President and CEO, Sears Canada Inc. "The Sears Great
Canadian Run gives Canadians - runners and non-runners alike - a great
reason to team up for a cause that affects thousands of children and
families every single day. The Sears Great Canadian Run is a way for
Canadians to support families who are going through the most
challenging of times."
The Sears Great Canadian Run on September 22 will raise funds for the
Sears Canada Charitable Foundation. The Foundation's donation for the
Run will be split evenly between supporting the Sears Cancer Clinic at
The Hospital for Sick Children and The Sears Childhood Cancer
Fellowship at SickKids which conducts research into pediatric oncology.
In support of the fight against childhood cancer, Sears has been title
sponsor of events that have raised over $5 million for the cause since
2008. In 2010, the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation made a
multi-year, $5 million commitment to SickKids, which sees 25% of all
new cases of pediatric cancer in Canada and 60% of all cases in
"Approximately 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and
many of those children will come through SickKids' doors," said Adrian
Horwood, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation.
"We are very grateful to Sears Canada and its employees for their
support of the Sears Cancer Clinic. Corporate partnerships like these
help raise critical funds for the Hospital and allow us to continue to
provide world-leading care for our young patients and their families."
About the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation
The Sears Canada Charitable Foundation is a registered Canadian charity
that collects and distributes donations to charitable organizations
that support Sears Canada's community investment mandate, which is
focused on the healthy development of children and youth in areas of
both health and education. The health component is centered on raising
awareness and providing funds for research and treatment for the fight
against childhood cancer. The education component is centered on
after-school programs and initiatives, which enrich children's lives
and allow them to reach their full potential as contributing members of
SOURCE: Sears Canada Charitable Foundation
For further information:
Sears Great Canadian Run