Salvation Army Fundraiser to Feature Speaker Frank O'Dea

    Second Cup Co-founder to Headline Annual Red Shield Breakfast

    OTTAWA, May 26 /CNW/ - Second Cup co-founder Frank O'Dea will headline
The Salvation Army's Red Shield Breakfast tomorrow morning, May 27, beginning
at 7:00 a.m. at The Westin Ottawa. O'Dea, a sought after speaker and author of
the best selling book "When All You Have is Hope", tells an incredibly
inspiring story of resilience and triumph in the face of adversity having
overcome homelessness on the streets of Toronto to become a celebrated
business person.
    The breakfast is the official launch of the annual Red Shield Fundraising
Campaign which raises funds support 22 local programs that assist 7000
marginalized families each year in Ottawa. The 2009 Red Shield Campaign goal
is $2.6 million.
    "This year's campaign begins amidst difficult economic times - need in
the community is increasing as donation levels are falling," said Michael
Maidment, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. "We are very hopeful that the
community will respond to the campaign and allow us to meet the increased
demand for our programs and services."
    The event is expected to draw over 500 business and political leaders and
members of the public.

    WHEN:     Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m.

    WHERE:    The Westin Ottawa. Confederation Ballroom (4th floor)

    WHAT:     Kick-off event for the annual Red Shield fundraising campaign.

    WHO:      Guest Speaker: Mr. Frank O'Dea, Honourary Chair: Senator Art

    Mr. O'Dea will be available for media interviews immediately following
the conclusion of the breakfast

    About The Salvation Army:

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 118 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless
people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to
an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the
future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Michael Maidment, Area
Director, Public Relations, (C) (613) 795-8898

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