Funds raised at the 18th annual Toronto Challenge presented by to support seniors across Toronto

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Today, thousands of runners and walkers took
part in the 18th annual Toronto Challenge presented by in
support of Toronto seniors. Thanks to the funds raised from the 5 km run, 5 km
walk and 1 km fun walk, the City of Toronto's long-term care homes and the 50
plus community agencies that provide service to seniors are able to enhance
the lives of residents and clients with fitness classes, barbecues, large
print books and therapeutic gardens.
    "I applaud those who participated in the 2009 Toronto Challenge for
reaching out and making a meaningful impact in their community," said Mayor
David Miller.
    The Toronto Challenge presented by is held annually
and organizers expect to raise $400,000 again this year for Toronto seniors.
As the premier fundraising event for seniors, the Toronto Challenge is a
family event suitable for all ages and included an aerobic warm-up, prizes,
celebration BBQ and a ribbon that was given out to every participant as they
crossed the finish line.
    "The Toronto Challenge is vitally important to our senior community - the
Challenge helps raise community spirit, it helps increase awareness about
seniors issues and, most importantly, it enhances the lives our residents in
our ten long-term care homes and seniors seeking assistance through out
community agencies and partners," said Sandra Pitters, General Manager,
Long-Term Care Homes and Services.
    In addition to the fastest male and female runners in nine age
categories, the Students Supporting Seniors award was also handed out to the
Kipling Acres Youth Council for the group with the largest number of youth
participants. As well, Dixon Hall was honoured as the agency with the most
    Teams of volunteers were also on hand to help with sign-in and
registration and at the BBQ; a squad of cheerleaders from Cardinal Newman High
School were stationed at the finish line and another squad from Bishop Allen
Academy at the half-way point on the 5 km route to encourage runners and
walkers. The 19th annual Toronto Challenge will take place on Sunday June 13,

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in
delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's
incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity,
opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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