TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Grant Thornton employees across the country lace up their walking shoes today to take part in the second annual Making Steps Count Walk—a walk-a-thon supporting three Canadian children's charities.
More than 500 employees in 54+ offices across Canada will participate in the walk, collectively raising in excess of $102,000 for the Grant Thornton Foundation's three national charities: Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada; Breakfast Club of Canada; and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
"The Foundation's Making Steps Count walk gives us a unique opportunity to make a difference in our communities first hand," says Kevin Ladner, CPA, CA, CVB, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton LLP. "It is a reflection of who we are and the culture we set as a national firm – helping clients, colleagues and communities thrive – truly living our purple."
Making Steps Count is only one of Grant Thornton Foundation's year-long campaigns created to raise funds that will go towards a variety of programs, including: funding mentor/mentee relationships through Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, purchasing food for schools supported by the Breakfast Clubs of Canada, and funding post-secondary scholarships through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. The Foundation also supports employees with their individual charitable goals.
"We walk together to make a difference in the lives of children in our communities across Canada – taking pride with each and every step," said, Krista Han, Chair of the Grant Thornton Foundation and Partner with Grant Thornton LLP, Canada.
Further fundraising efforts will continue throughout the month of October 2016.
Keep watch for walkers in your community this afternoon – look for the purple shirts!
About Grant Thornton Foundation
The Grant Thornton Foundation, established in 2011, is a vehicle designed to help Grant Thornton employees streamline their collective philanthropic efforts—whether in the form of fundraising, volunteering or donating professional expertise—to make the greatest impact possible in communities across the country.
The Grant Thornton Foundation is a Canadian registered charity designed to organize the collective efforts and significant contributions of Grant Thornton LLP employees across Canada. The Foundation focuses on providing financial support for local, national and international causes that resonate with our people. In 2015, the Foundation's national campaign focuses on three charities—Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada, Breakfast Clubs of Canada and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. You can learn more about the Grant Thornton Foundation here.
About Grant Thornton LLP in Canada
Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Together with the Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton in Canada has approximately 4,000 people in offices across Canada. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member and correspondent firms operate in over 100 countries worldwide. A listing of Grant Thornton offices and contact information can be found at: GrantThornton.ca.
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