Nissan gives back to local communities with more than 500 volunteer hours and event sponsorships

- 20 years of support for The Scott Mission ensures kids can camp each summer -

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Nissan Canada Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary by extending its long partnership with The Scott Mission on Friday with more than 80 Nissan Canada employees volunteering their day at the 20th annual Nissan Day at the Scott Mission's Camp in Caledon, Ontario.

Every year, Nissan Canada employees are encouraged to give back to the community and help get the Scott Mission's 100-acre camp ready to provide a place for underprivileged children to learn important social and life skills in a positive, caring environment. This year, more than 500 hours of hard labour helped get the camp ready to provide disadvantaged families from across the GTA with a camp experience.

"Every year, Nissan employees continue to show their unwavering support through their efforts to get our camp ready for children who get to escape the city and enjoy all that nature has to offer," said Peter Duraisami, CEO of the Scott Mission. "We believe that all children deserve a chance to go to camp and for 20 years Nissan has helped us welcome close to 600 kids each year. One week at camp can make a big difference in a child's life and it is often their only chance to get out of the city and just have fun and be a kid."

Nissan Canada vehicles were also out in full force providing the hauling, towing and transporting support needed throughout the day. Included in this mix were the 2013 Nissan Frontier, 2013 Nissan Titan and the all-new 2013 Nissan NV200. Heavy concrete swimming pool slabs were no match for the Titan's 4,309 kg towing capacity and the NV200's large, innovative cargo space was perfect for tools and equipment.

"Now in its 20th year, the Nissan Canada Foundation is a great example of how many hands can make light work," said Christian Meunier, President Nissan Canada Inc. "This year, we're proud to see so many Nissan hands reaching out to communities across Canada and we will continue to support organizations in whatever ways we can. The Nissan Camp Day and Toronto Challenge are evidence that single actions can have a profound effect on the lives of many."

Nissan Canada also continued its support of the Toronto Challenge on Sunday, June 9. This family run and walk event raises money for non-profit organizations that are improving the quality of life for seniors in the community with funds raised going directly to community programs that contribute to independent living and home support for seniors and to Toronto Long-Term Care Homes & Services.

In addition to providing $10,000 in support as a Gold sponsor of the 5k walk, Nissan Canada provided the use of its all-electric Nissan LEAF to be the event's Pace Car. This vehicle gave the participants something to chase with zero emissions to think about.

Visit http://www.foundation.nissan.ca/ for more information on the Nissan Canada Foundation and Nissan Canada's ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities in which it operates.

More information, high-res images and b-roll are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.

About The Scott Mission
The Scott Mission has been responding to the needs of the poor, homeless, abandoned and vulnerable of all ages since 1941 by offering practical, emotional and spiritual support for thousands of people each year. Through its efforts, the Mission, a Christian non-denominational organization based in Toronto, offers many programs to support the poor and homeless. The Scott Mission offers: hot meals (served twice a day, six days a week); daily bag lunches; Christian childcare centre; a summer camp and after-school program for children and youth from low-income families; free good-quality clothing; groceries; shower and laundry facilities for the homeless; Christmas help and a 45-bed overnight shelter.

About The Toronto Challenge
The Toronto Challenge, presented by MonsterMortgage.ca, is a family event that raises funds for non-profit organizations that are improving the quality of life for seniors in the community. As a part of the Toronto Challenge, enjoy a timed 5k run, 5k walk or 1k walk through downtown Toronto. Funds raised at the Toronto Challenge go directly to community programs that contribute to independent living and home support for seniors and Toronto Long-Term Care Homes & Services. From funding the renovation of a seniors' facility to providing transportation services, from offering recreation programs to purchasing large print books - all are made possible by funds raised at the Toronto Challenge.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards. 

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About Nissan Canada
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 184 independent Nissan dealerships, 33 Infiniti retailers and 44 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

Image with caption: "Celebrating the Nissan Canada Foundation's 20th anniversary, more than 80 Nissan Canada volunteers put the 2013 Nissan Titan and all-new, 2013 Nissan NV200 to work to get the Scott Mission's Summer Camp ready to give more than 600 children a chance to enjoy camp this year. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130610_C6743_PHOTO_EN_27809.jpg

Image with caption: "As the pace car for the 2013 Toronto Challenge, the all-electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF gave participants something to chase with no exhaust to worry about. The pace car was provided by the Nissan Canada Foundation, which continued its support of the Toronto Challenge as a Gold Sponsor while participants raised money for non-profit organizations that are improving the quality of life for seniors in the community. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130610_C6743_PHOTO_EN_27810.jpg

SOURCE: Nissan Canada Inc.

For further information:

Media contacts:
Didier Marsaud 
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: 905-629-6400
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com

Mark James
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: 647-259-3316
Email: mark.james@cohnwolfe.ca

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