Toronto shows its support of seniors at the Toronto Challenge



    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - The 16th annual Toronto Challenge, presented by
MonsterMortgage.ca was held today and over 2,000 people of all ages ran,
walked and strolled to raise money for Toronto seniors.
    Mayor David Miller, hockey icon Doug Gilmour, Councillor Raymond Cho
(Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) and member of the Homes for the Aged
Advisory Committee and Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) were
on hand to show their support, along with more than 50 community agencies who
took to the streets to raise money for their own causes.
    "Seniors are one of this city's greatest and most valuable assets and I'm
pleased that Torontonians recognized that by participating in this event,"
said Mayor David Miller. "Over $400,000 was raised today, and that money will
go directly toward improving the lives of Toronto seniors. The Toronto
Challenge is great example of what can be done when the community and
businesses come together."
    Doug Gilmour conceded early, making Richard Graves the winner of the
Gilmour vs. Graves rubber match, putting to rest the friendly rivalry that
began three years ago when Doug Gilmour lost to Richard Graves, a Toronto
senior. Gilmour came out on top last year when the two men faced off again,
setting up this year's tiebreaker. But both men agree that everyone wins at
the Toronto Challenge. Other event highlights included the MonsterMortgage.ca
5K run and a 5K walk and participants in the 1K-leisure walk looked to the sky
for guidance - as a stilt walker led them to the finish line.
    "MonsterMortgage.ca is proud to be associated with this event, which is
the premier event in Toronto that supports Toronto seniors. We hope to
continue the tradition of showing our seniors that we care," said Doug
Gilmour, Former Toronto Maple Leaf Captain and Managing Partner of
MonsterMortgage.ca.
    Toronto Homes for the Aged is committed to providing services that
respect, support and enable residents and clients to be the best they can be.
Events like the Toronto Challenge are an exciting opportunity to share this
commitment with across Toronto.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Erin Mulcahey-Abbott, Manager,
Fundraising and Volunteers, Homes for the Aged, (416) 392-8489, email:
eabbott@toronto.ca


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