TORONTO, April 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Nearly 700 Canadians from across the country came together Saturday, April 14, 2012 for the Canadian Women's Foundation Shelter from the Storm Empower Hour.
Empower Hour, held in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver, challenged participants in a one hour group-based cardio, calisthenics, agility, core and strength training workout in support of women and children who are rebuilding their lives after abuse.
The event raised over $275,000 for Shelter from the Storm, a month long program, and Canada's largest national campaign to end violence against women. Funds raised will support national and regional violence prevention programs and local women's shelters across the country.
About Shelter from the Storm
Empower hour, supported by Winners, HomeSense, Rogers Media, GoodLife Fitness, Avon and Scotiabank, is the kick off to the national shelter from the storm campaign.
Shelter from the Storm is Canada's largest national fundraising campaign dedicated to ending violence against women. Funds raised will support community violence prevention programs and over 425 shelters for abused women across Canada. The campaign runs from April 16 until May 13, and, during this time, Winners and HomeSense stores across Canada will be selling limited edition Shelter from the Storm custom products to raise awareness and funds for ending violence against women. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.shelterfromthestorm.ca.
About Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's public foundation for women and girls. We empower women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence. Since 1991, we've invested in over 1,100 community programs across Canada, and are now one of the ten largest women's foundations in the world. We take a positive approach to address root causes of the most critical issues facing women and girls. We study and share the best ways to create long-term change and bring community organizations together for training and to learn from each other. We carefully select and fund the programs with the strongest outcomes and regularly evaluate their work. We have a special focus on building a community of women helping other women. Helping women creates safer families and communities, and a more prosperous society for all of us. We invest in the power of women and the dreams of girls.
For more information, please visit www.canadianwomen.org.
Image with caption: "Participants work up a sweat at the Canadian Women's Foundation Shelter From The Storm Empower Hour Saturday, April 14, 2012. Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, ON (CNW Group/Canadian Women's Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120414_C5670_PHOTO_EN_12325.jpg
For further information:
Canadian Women's Foundation
416-365-1444 ext. 242
416-357-8540 or 647-267-4872