Event Gets Underway at 8:30am, May 9th, 2009, in Ottawa's
Vincent Massey Park
OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Vincent Massey Park is the place to be on
Saturday May 9th, 2009. Make-A-Wish(R) Eastern Ontario and Innovapost, an
Ottawa-based provider of IT solutions and services, are inviting families,
walkers and runners to come down and take part in the second annual
'Innovapost Walk/Run for Wishes'.
The event offers a day of fun for families, beginners and competitive
runners alike. Proceeds will go to granting wishes to create hope and
happiness for children with life-threatening illnesses. Participants can
choose to walk or run a 1km, 5km or 10km route. There will also be activities
for children and families including musical guests, prizes and a picnic during
"Last year the proceeds from the Walk/Run for Wishes enabled us to grant
two wishes with only 40 registered runners," said Mike Wlotzki, Executive
Director of Make-A-Wish(R) Eastern Ontario. "This year we already have over
300 people registered. It will be incredible to see how many wishes we can
grant with that kind of support."
In 2008, Innovapost identified 'Children & Families in Need' as the
company cause, and Make-A-Wish(R) Eastern Ontario as one the charities, which
they strongly support.
"Together with our event sponsors, Innovapost is delighted to support
this important event again this year," said Dave Allum, Senior Vice President
of Innovapost. "Our goal is to raise enough funds to grant the wishes of three
local children with life threatening medical conditions."
The Innovapost Walk/Run for Wishes is one of the largest fundraising
events for Make-A-Wish(R) Eastern Ontario. Since 2002 Innovapost has raised
over $1.3 million for various charities throughout Ottawa, Mississauga and
Toronto where their 800 employees live and work.
"I am thrilled to be part of a company that supports Make-A-Wish(R),"
said Innovapost's Mary Durning, event organizer and member of the company's
Consulting Services team. "I personally have been able to visit the children
and families our company has helped - it has truly been a magical experience."
The public is encouraged to register in advance online by visiting the
event website: http://runforawish.innovapost.com/.
Wish family and participant interviews can be arranged by Dennis Elliott
Innovapost organizer and runner interviews can be arranged by Graeme
About Make-A-Wish(R) Eastern Ontario
Make-A-Wish(R) Canada is part of the largest not-for-profit wish granting
organization in the world, serving 30 countries with international affiliates
on five continents. Since inception in 1980, Make-A-Wish(R) has helped make
over 200,000 wishes come true for children around the world.
Make-A-Wish(R) Eastern Ontario got started with a little girl's wish for
a trip to Walt Disney World(R) Resort in 1997. Maureen MacArthur organized a
group of volunteers to form a board and the new chapter was officially
incorporated and granted charitable status on 1 January 1999. Our chapter
includes a staff of three and covers a territory that includes Belleville,
Kingston, Brockville, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Ottawa and everything in between.
Our area includes the counties of Addington; Carleton; Dundas; Frontenac;
Glengarry; Grenville; Hastings; Lanark; Leeds; Lennox; Prescott; Renfrew;
Russell; and Stormont.
Innovapost is a leading provider of IT solutions and services, with a
specialization in SAP, e-business and mobility solution development. Our
services include business and technical consulting, application development,
application management, infrastructure service management and change & human
performance consulting. Innovapost was founded in 2002 and has offices located
in Ottawa, Mississauga and Toronto. For more information, visit our website at
For further information:
For further information: Dennis Elliott, Manager, Communications,
Make-A-Wish(R) Eastern Ontario, (613) 867-3611, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Graeme Innes, Communications, Innovapost, (613) 293-3722,