Mayor Miller dusts off cricket bat for the 5th annual CIMA Mayor's Trophy

TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Today, Mayor David Miller, Dr. Alok Mukherjee, Chair of Toronto Police Services Board Toronto, cricketers and representatives from Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation participated in the fifth annual celebration of cricket. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) organized this annual Celebration of Cricket - Mayor's Cup 2009 as a fundraiser for the youth cricket program Cricket Across the Pond.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to participate in an event that brings together so many diverse communities throughout Toronto," said Mayor David Miller. "This is a growing sport that transcends cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a way that is healthy, active and most of all, fun."

The all-day event began with a women's cricket exhibition and was followed by the ceremonial opening of the Mayor's Trophy event. Lively matches followed throughout the day with teams made up of CIMA Toronto Mayor's Team, Bell Canada, Toronto Police Services, TTC, GO Transit, Bombardier, Toronto Community Housing (TCHC), Rogers Cable, Globe and Mail, Metro News, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, CBC, Citytv/OMNI, ATN, RBC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The "Celebration of Cricket" is a Toronto community event launched in 2005 by Mayor David Miller and Police Chief Bill Blair to promote, showcase and celebrate the game of cricket, which connects Toronto's vastly diverse communities. This event is geared to introduce cricket as a sport that provides a unique opportunity to engage the city's youth and promote cross-cultural and inter-cultural relationships.

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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