Thousands of walkers expected for Walmart Walk for Miracles on June 12

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Walmart's Walk for Miracles, supporting Canada's children's hospitals is heading for yet another record year with thousands of walkers registered to date. The eighth annual Walmart Walk for Miracles is being held consecutively in 12 cities from coast-to-coast. The company hopes to raise millions of dollars to support the 2.6 million children who receive care each year at children's hospitals across the country.  Funds raised will stay local and will be directed towards the highest priority needs including lifesaving equipment, ground-breaking research and special programs designed to help care for patients and their families.

Walmart is working to attract more than 15,000 participants and raise more than $4 million in funds from Walk for Miracles events taking place in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John's. The walks will be bolstered by in-store sales of $1 Children's Miracle Network balloons at all 325 Walmart stores across Canada.

Walks take place in local parks and walkers have the choice of walking in a family-friendly 1km walk, a 5km walk. Each Walk for Miracles event will be led by a local Grand Marshal - a child whose inspirational story has gotten a boost from one of Canada's children's hospitals.

"Since 2004, Walmart's Walk for Miracles has grown to one of the largest charity walks of its kind in Canada," said Walmart Canada's President and CEO David Cheesewright.  "The growth and success of our walk shows just how much our customers and associates care about Canada's kids.  Canadians can relate to the need for children's health and they are comforted to know that the funds raised from our walk will support the best children's hospitals in the world right in our own backyard."

What:     Walk for Miracles

Vancouver:  Stanley Park Second Beach supporting BC Children's Hospital
Calgary: Pumphouse Park supporting Alberta Children's Hospital
Edmonton: Gold Bar Park supporting Stollery Children's Hospital
Saskatoon:  Friendship Park, Saskatchewan Children's Hospital
Winnipeg: St. Vital Park, Winnipeg Children's Hospital
London: Springbank Park, Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre
Hamilton: Confederation Park, McMaster Children's Hospital
Toronto: Coronation Park, The Hospital for Sick Children
Ottawa: Confederation Park, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Montreal: Angrignon Park, Montreal Children's Hospital
Halifax: Shubie Park, IWK Health Centre
St. John's: Quidi Vidi Lake: Janeway Children's Hospital

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.
Twitter hashtag:  #WMWM2011

Walmart Canada is the largest corporate sponsor of Children's Miracle Network, raising funds and awareness through its annual miracle balloon campaign, in-store events, vendor promotions, and its signature fundraising event, the annual Walmart Walk for Miracles. Since 1994, Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than $50 million to Children's Miracle Network.

Walmart Canada operates a growing network of 325 outlets nationwide, serving more than one million Canadians daily. With 85,000 associates, the company is Canada's third-largest employer. Walmart Canada has one of the largest and strongest community involvement programs in Canada. In 2010, the company raised and donated $23 million or $442,000 weekly, to support more than one thousand charities and organizations in need.

Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals and health foundations. Each year, over 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada, create miracles by providing the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. To donate or to learn more, visit


SOURCE WalMart Canada

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Media Contact:

Rosalyn Harris
Walmart Canada
905-821-2111 x 74240

Robyn Breslow/Heather Hopkins
APEX Public Relations Inc.
416-924-4442 x 256/251

John Hartman
Children's Miracle Network

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