Today's Parent to donate $50,000 to children's charities in Canada



    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - At a special event today, Today's Parent
magazine will honour five individuals chosen as winners of the fourth annual
Today's Parent For Kids' Sake Awards. Each of these Canadians saw a need and
found a way to make a difference in children's lives. Today's Parent, in
partnership with KRG Children's Charitable Foundation, will donate $10,000 to
the registered charity of each winner's choice, ensuring that their efforts
keep on paying dividends for Canadian kids.
    "These people are so inspiring and their efforts are truly amazing," says
editor-in-chief Caroline Connell. "Today's Parent is proud to honour them and
make sure Canada's kids continue to benefit from all they do."

    
        What:    Today's Parent For Kids' Sake Awards

        When:    Tuesday, April 17
                 Program begins at 8:30 am

        Where:   The Sutton Place Hotel - Stop 33, 955 Bay Street
                 (Bay and Wellesley)
    

    Today's Parent 2007 For Kids' Sake Award Winners

    Deborah Moore, Toronto, ON

    This crusader, who was inspired by watching her son's determined spirit
fighting an illness, decided something good had to come from this struggle. In
2002, she organized a gala event call Liam's Light: An Evening of Hope and
raised enough money for a research grant to Toronto's Hospital for Sick
Children. She has now raised more that $400,000 for the hospital and last May
opened up Liam's Light Step Down Unit, designed for kids who are recovering
after organ transplants.

    Norma Kejick, Sioux Lookout, ON

    After her nephew killed himself, this lifesaver made a decision to
dedicate herself to stopping youth suicide in her First Nations community in
Northern Ontario. Norma, a mother of four and grandmother of four, decided it
was time to do something because she didn't want to be another mother planning
a funeral. By February 2006, she had launched the Yellow Ribbon program in
four high schools and there are several teens who credit the program with
saving their lives. She has since been invited to present the program to
schools in other First Nations communities and she organized an annual Walk
for Life to raise awareness of youth suicide.

    Cliff Chadderton, Ottawa, ON

    In 1944, at the age of 25, Cliff Chadderton lost his right leg to a Nazi
grenade. Upon his return home, he received help from War Amps. Two decades
later, he became the CEO of the organization and transformed it to focus on
the needs of child amputees. In 1975, he launched the CHAMP program which
brings young amputees together to show one another what's possible. Even after
42 years at the helm, Cliff is still going strong. In 2006, he launched a
program designed to teach amputees to become webmasters.

    Marilyn Sing, Victoria, BC

    In January 2004, Marilyn Sing and five friends were discussing ways to
help young people develop communication skills, confidence and creativity. Out
of that discussion, Marilyn came up with OCTA (Only Creative Thinking Allowed)
which launched artsREACH in 2005. This program brings arts workshops into
schools and now reaches about 2,000 kids annually. The volunteers talk about
watching students morph in front of their eyes as their self-esteem and
confidence grows.

    Christine Wandzura, Calgary, AB

    In 1990, Christine Wandzura approached the Canadian Cancer Society for
help to launch a summer camp for children with cancer in Alberta, after her
son had attended such a camp in BC. Though her son lost his battle with brain
cancer the following spring, Christine started Kids Cancer Care Foundation of
Alberta, which has now broadened its mandate to include clinical support and
funding research into childhood cancer. The focus, however, remains on the
camps. As Christine says, "It's about hearing a parent say, 'He's been home
for three weeks now and he still can't stop talking about the camp.'"

    Photo, video and interview opportunities available on-site following
program. The full story is available in the May issue of Today's Parent, on
newsstands now and on our website, www.todaysparent.com

    About Today's Parent:

    As Canada's No. 1 parenting magazine, Today's Parent is committed to
helping parents build happy, healthy families. Speaking to moms and dads of
children from birth to 14, articles tackle the complete range of parenting
issues, including health, education and behaviour.





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For further information: or to book interviews contact: Lisa Dunn
Wedmann at (416) 764-2069, lisa.dunnwedmann@tpg.rogers.com

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