Media Advisory - Veteran to hike Rideau Trail from Kingston to Ottawa to raise money for PTSD service dogs

OTTAWA, June 18, 2015 /CNW/ - On Sunday, June 21, 2015, Canadian Armed Forces veteran Hilaire "Nick" Nicolas will launch "Boots 4 Pups" by beginning an 11-day hike along the historic Rideau Trail to raise awareness and funds for Citadel Canine Society—a registered Canadian charity that is dedicated to helping improve the lives of veterans and first responders who have been diagnosed with PTSD by matching them with professionally trained PTSD service dogs. Many of these dogs are being rescued from shelters and once screened and trained, are provided at no cost to the recipient.

Nick and a close-knit entourage of supporters will launch from Kingston City Hall and walk just over 30 km per day. They plan to cross the finish line amidst family-friendly Canada Day festivities at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on July 1st, 2015.

All media and members of the public are invited to attend:

SUNDAY, June 21, 2015
Boots 4 Pups Kick-off
Kingston City Hall
216 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
10:00 a.m. (guests and supporters to gather)
11:00 a.m. (send-off)

WEDNESDAY, July 1st, 2015
Boots 4 Pups Finish Line
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa, ON K1K 2X5
Canada Day Celebrations: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (free entry, $5 parking)
Nick to cross finish line: about 1:00 p.m.

For the full schedule, background, photos:

Twitter: @BootsPups 


SOURCE The Write Paige Inc.

Image with caption: "Hilaire "Nick" Nicolas, a veteran, is organizing an 11-day, 350km hike along the Rideau Trail between Kingston and Ottawa to raise funds for PTSD service dogs. Kick-off: Sunday, June 21, 10am, Kingston City Hall. Finish line: Canada Day, 1pm, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa. Nick’s story: Donations: (CNW Group/The Write Paige Inc.)". Image available at:

For further information: Andrée Paige, Media Relations, Boots 4 Pups, Tel: 613-745-2312\Cell: 613-863-1828, E-mail: or Carla de Koning, Coordinator, Boots 4 Pups, Ottawa Ambassador and Board Director, Citadel Canine Society, Tel: 613-884-6535, E-mail:


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