Media Advisory - Special-needs families to get free weekends as tourists in Toronto

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Toronto's tourism industry will launch a new
program to give weekend getaways to parents of children with special needs.
    To give parents a chance to recharge from the difficult strain of raising
a child with complex needs, Toronto's tourism businesses are providing Toronto
getaway weekends to two families each week while the child is cared for in
residential respite care.
    On Thursday the first recipient family will take its child to Safehaven
and be picked up in a limousine to enjoy a weekend of relaxation in downtown
Toronto. Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, Hon. Deb Matthews,
and Tourism Toronto President and CEO David Whitaker will kick off the new
Tourism Toronto program with children, families and respite-care staff on

    WHAT:    Launch of new program to provide weekend getaways to parents of
             children with severe special needs

    WHEN:    Thursday, August 14, 2008
             12:45 p.m.

    WHERE:   Safehaven respite residence
             1173 Bloor Street West (west of Dufferin)

    Photo opportunities as the first recipient family get into limousine to
enjoy their Toronto weekend getaway, and also with children and families
inside Safehaven residence.

For further information:

For further information: or to confirm attendance contact: Justine
Palinska, Tourism Toronto (416) 987-1739,; Emily Sheff,
Tourism Toronto (416) 987-9088,

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