18,000 walkers set to raise $4 million in fifth annual Wal-Mart Canada
Walk for Miracles
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 4 /CNW/ - On Sunday, June 8, thousands of
participants in 12 cities across Canada will walk to raise millions of dollars
for Canada's children's hospital foundations in the fifth annual Wal-Mart Walk
"The Walk for Miracles 2008 theme of 'One Step at a Time' really
describes how this event has grown from its humble roots in one city to the
largest charity walk of its kind in Canada," said Wal-Mart Canada's President
and CEO David Cheesewright. "Our children's hospitals depend on this funding
and we are dedicated to growing these walks every year. This is a great way
for Canadians to help sick kids have a better future."
Host city Wal-Mart stores will hand out blue shoelaces to their customers
to wear them in their right shoe and show support for the walks. The shoelaces
symbolize the tenacity of sick kids facing their challenges 'One Step at a
Time' and the building success of the walks, now in their fifth year.
Wal-Mart is working to attract more than 18,000 participants and raise
more than $4 million in funds from Walk for Miracles events taking place in
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Toronto,
Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John's. The walks will be bolstered by
in-store sales of Children's Miracle Network balloons at all 305 Wal-Mart
stores and clubs across Canada.
Walks take place in local parks and walkers have the choice of walking in
a family-friendly 1km walk, a 5km walk or the "silly" walk, where participants
are encouraged to get creative and dress up, skip, hop or join together as a
family for a three-legged walk.
Each Walk for Miracles event will be led by a local Grand Marshal - a
child whose inspirational story has gotten a boost from one of Canada's vital
Twelve children across Canada were selected as Grand Marshals to
represent more than 2.5 million Canadian children served by kids' hospitals
coast-to-coast each year. The 2008 Grand Marshals are:
- VANCOUVER (Fraser Foreshore Park): John Janowicz, BC Children's
- CALGARY (Pumphouse Park): Justin Shenher, Alberta Children's Hospital
- EDMONTON (Gold Bar Park): Hannah Crowther, Stollery Children's
- SASKATOON (Friendship Park): Paige Chambers, Saskatchewan Children's
- WINNIPEG (St. Vital Park): Bretton Tyler, Winnipeg Children's
- LONDON (White Oaks Park): Stephanie Simmons, Children's Hospital at
London Health Sciences Centre
- HAMILTON (Confederation Park): Jacob Jones, McMaster Children's
- TORONTO (Coronation Park): Kaitlyn O'Brien, The Hospital for Sick
- OTTAWA (Confederation Park): Marc-Andre Bigras, Children's Hospital
of Eastern Ontario
- MONTREAL (Angrignon Park): Gregory Recher, Montreal Children's
- HALIFAX (Sackville Landing): Matthew MacDonald, IWK Health Centre
- ST JOHN'S (Quidi Vidi Lake): Lacey Hamlyn, Janeway Children's
Last year was a record-breaking year for the Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles,
with more than 15,000 people raising more than $3.7 million. Since it first
begun in 2004, Wal-Mart's Walk for Miracles has raised more than $9.3 million.
About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates one of the strongest community involvement programs in Canada
under the Wal-Mart "Good Works" banner. Through events like Wal-Mart's annual
Walk for Miracles, the company raised and contributed a record $7.6 million in
2007 to Children's Miracle Network to fund children's hospitals and research
nationwide, and has raised and donated $33 million to Children's Miracle
Network since 1994.
For further information:
For further information: Karin Campbell, Manager, Corporate Affairs,
(905) 821-2111 ext. 4042