10th Anniversary Scotiabank Rat Race for United Way draws over a thousand to
build a better city
TORONTO, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Tonight, the downtown streets were
crawling with "rats" as more than a thousand people laced up their
runners as part of the Scotiabank Rat Race for United Way. The racing
"rats" donned rat ears and whiskers, and then took to the streets in
support of the community.
"When it comes to strengthening our city, we know we can't do this work
alone," said Louise Bellingham, Vice President of Marketing at United
Way. "It takes all of us pulling together to improve conditions in our
community. The Scotiabank Rat Race is a great way for people to get
involved and be part of making a difference."
Bellingham was joined at the event by Chris Hodgson, Group Head, Global
Wealth Management, Scotiabank.
"Ten years running, it's great to see that the Scotiabank Rat Race is
still an enormously popular and successful event", said Chris Hodgson,
Group Head, Global Wealth Management, Scotiabank. "Support of social
services represents an important pillar of Scotiabank's global
philanthropic program, 'Scotiabank Bright Future'. As a proud member
of the Toronto community, Scotiabank is honored to support United Way
and the great work they do for this city."
Pledges raised by participants will support United Way's efforts to
improve social conditions in Toronto. United Way funds front-line
services through a network of agencies that support people when they
need it most. United Way funds go even further by supporting strategies
aimed at improving under-served neighbourhoods by focusing on systemic
barriers that limit opportunity for a good life.
The 2011 Scotiabank Rat Race for United Way would not be possible
without the generous support of title sponsor Scotiabank and media
sponsors: The Globe and Mail, 680 News, The Fan 590, 98.1 CHFI, One
Stop Media, Business News Network, and Investment Executive.
To download photos of the event go to http://www.flickr.com/ and look up "United Way Toronto Rat Race."
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
About United Way
Established in 1956, United Way Toronto is a registered charity and
community impact organization dedicated to improving lives and
strengthening neighbourhoods across Toronto. United Way identifies
needs and takes action to create a better, safer, stronger city through
research, partnerships and support of a network of 200 health and
social service agencies.
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