ING DIRECT Canada to sponsor Toronto Area Hospice Regatta

    Perram House hospice to benefit from sponsorship by Canada's largest
    direct bank

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - ING DIRECT Canada today announced that it will
serve as the lead sponsor for the 2nd annual Toronto Area Hospice Regatta, to
take place June 20th and 21st at the National Yacht Club in Toronto.
    This will mark the second year of ING DIRECT's lead sponsorship of the
event, which in 2008 raised more than $25,000 for Perram House, a downtown
Toronto hospice.
    "ING DIRECT is proud to support this special event and grateful for the
opportunity to help raise awareness about the importance of palliative care in
our community," said Peter Aceto, President and CEO of ING DIRECT. "The
founders and staff at Perram House have provided care and compassion for
hundreds of people at a most difficult time in their lives. What they do for
our community is invaluable. The staff's tireless devotion to their mission is
clear when you walk through their doors."
    Perram House is a pioneer in residential hospice care in Toronto,
offering palliative care to individuals who have a limited life expectancy. It
has deep roots in the community. Originally founded as The White Light Hospice
in 1988, the facility was later renovated and renamed after the building's
owner, Mary Anne Perram.
    The eight-bed facility offers continuous palliative care in a home
setting with a dedicated nursing staff and physicians, along with trained
volunteers placing the client in control of his or her life and care.
    "We are grateful for the generosity of ING DIRECT in again sponsoring the
Toronto Area Hospice Regatta," said Mary Ellen Hopgood, Executive Director of
Perram House. "As a residential hospice, we rely heavily on corporate funding
and donations in order to offer a special kind of medical and emotional
support to our clients and their families. The regatta is a wonderful example
of sponsors and race participants coming together to enrich the lives of
    More than 30 racing boats from across Ontario and the United States are
expected to participate in the 2009 Toronto Area Hospice Regatta. Affiliated
with the National Hospice Regatta Alliance in the U.S., the race provides
sailors with a chance to qualify in subsequent years for the national
championships. (Find more about the Toronto Area Hospice Regatta at

    About ING DIRECT Canada

    ING DIRECT is Canada's largest direct bank with over 1.6 million clients
and more than $24 billion in total assets. ING DIRECT gives the power of
saving to all Canadians by offering high-value, simple products such as high
interest savings accounts with no fees or service charges and low rates on
mortgages. ING DIRECT has been operating in Canada since 1997, and since that
time clients have earned more than $3.6 billion in interest. For more
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