Father's Day Frosty Weekend: Helping foster children find forever families

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - This Father's Day Weekend (June 20-21), Wendy's
is helping consumers to treat Dad and help foster children at the same time.
Wendy's third annual Father's Day Frosty Weekend provides an easy and tasty
way to support the cause of foster care adoption and help the more than 30,000
children in Canada who are waiting for the love of forever families.
    During Father's Day Weekend, Wendy's will donate $1 from every Frosty
product sold to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - Canada
(DTFA-Canada), a non-profit public charity dedicated to dramatically
increasing the number of foster care adoptions in Canada. Also, customers can
stop by Wendy's and donate by purchasing a Frosty pin-up for $1 each.
    "The Wendy's system is very proud to be involved with this special event
that supports the cause that our founder, Dave Thomas, was most passionate
about - finding a permanent and loving home for every child in the foster care
system," said Wendy's Canada Senior Vice President Ron Baugh, who serves on
the board of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - Canada. "This is our
third year for Father's Day Frosty Weekend and we've set our fundraising goal
at $245,000! We hope families will find this an enjoyable way to celebrate
Father's Day while making a difference in the lives of children in foster
    After raising more than $370,000 in 2007 and 2008 during Father's Day
Frosty Weekend, Wendy's remains committed to supporting the cause of foster
care adoption in Canada.
    The money that is raised during the weekend will support the Dave Thomas
Foundation and its signature program: Wendy's Wonderful Kids (WWK). This
program is filling a critical need by funding five full-time adoption
recruiters to match parents with foster care children, available for adoption.
In 2009, we will add two more WWK recruiters to bring our total to seven
serving Canada.
    The success of WWK is due to the ongoing partnership between the
DTFA-Canada, the Wendy's system of company and franchise operated restaurants
and local adoption partners. The Foundation grants funds to qualified adoption
organizations, and holds the agencies accountable for achieving agreed-upon
results. The Wendy's system raises more than $670,000 annually to fund the
local WWK programs.
    "We're very proud of how far the program has come in such a short time.
But even with all that's been achieved, there are still hundreds of children
in foster care still waiting to be adopted," said Rita Soronen, executive
director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
    "We believe Wendy's Wonderful Kids is the solution, and that the program
will become even stronger with the support of Wendy's customers during
Father's Day Weekend."
    Join Wendy's in supporting adoption. Stop by Wendy's during Father's Day
Frosty Weekend, June 20-21, for a special treat.

    The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - Canada

    The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - Canada is a non-profit public
charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than
30,000 children in Canada's foster care ready to be adopted. Created by
Wendy's founder Dave Thomas who was adopted as a child, the Foundation leads
programs such as Wendy's Wonderful Kids, which funds five adoption recruiters
in Canada to find permanent, loving families for children in the foster care
system. Plans are underway to add two more WWK recruiters in Canada in 2009.
    The Foundation also works with adoption advocates and officials to
streamline the adoption process and make adoption more affordable for
families. As the only Foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care
adoption, it is driven by its founder's simple value: Do what's best for the
child. To learn more about the Foundation's work, please visit

    Wendy's International Inc. Overview

    Wendy's International Inc. (NYSE:  WEN) is one of the world's most
successful restaurant operating and franchising companies. More information
about the Company is available at www.wendys.com.

For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie Monroe, Ketchum, on behalf of
Wendy's Canada, (416) 355-7426, anne-marie.monroe@ketchum.com

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