CALGARY, June 18, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific is proud to announce that the CP Grand Prix, part of the Spruce Meadows Continental weekend, raised $50,000 for the Do It for Life "DIL" Walk Foundation's (DWF) Community Heart failure Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management (CHARM) Clinic.
CP would also like to congratulate Sameh El Dahan and Sumas Zorro on winning the CP Grand Prix and contributing two clear rounds for $20,000 of the $40,000 total towards CP's Clear Rounds for Heart initiative. CP donated $10,000 for each clear round (including time faults) during regular competition and during the jump off. Other contributions to the total include $10,000 from CP's employee Father's Day event. Since its inception in 2014, CP Has Heart at Spruce Meadows has raised more than $675,000 for heart health research and care.
"It was a great day to support our CP Has Heart initiative and celebrate Father's Day with our valued employees and their families," said Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to partner with the DIL Walk Foundation and thanks to the efforts of Sameh El Dahan and Sumas Zorro and the other competitors, we were able to make another significant donation in the Calgary area."
The $50,000 will support operation of the DIL Walk Foundation's CHARM Clinic. Patients diagnosed with heart failure often have other conditions impacting their health and lengthy wait times to see a specialist can result in worsening of a manageable heart condition. CHARM Clinic patients receive immediate assistance and education, including how to make important changes to their lifestyle and optimizing medication use.
"For each dollar CP Has Heart invests into community heart failure management, it ends up saving 15 health care dollars," said Raman Kapoor, DIL Walk Foundation President. "Donations from the CP Grand Prix will help the CHARM Clinic to reduce hospitalizations, and improve the quality of life of heart failure patients in Calgary."
In 2016, the CHARM Clinic prevented 88 hospitalizations of heart failure patients, saving Alberta Health Services over $1 million.
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.
About CP Has Heart
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why, through CP Has Heart, we've already committed more than $10 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.
About DIL Walk Foundation
The DIL Walk Foundation (DWF) is a volunteer run charity, and an acronym for Do It for Life (DIL). DWF focuses on Wellness, Access, Linkages and Knowledge. Since its inception, DIL Walk Foundation has touched the lives of over 25,000 people through educational activities, and has saved the health care system over $10 million. DWF is committed to increasing the awareness of heart disease across the life continuum. With a focus starting on children, where prevention begins, to youth and into adulthood, the Foundation focuses on primary care prevention strategies to help individuals, lower their risk of heart disease.
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
For further information: Contacts: CP, Jeremy Berry, 403-319-6227, Jeremy_Berry@cpr.ca, Alert_MediaRelations@cpr.ca; DIL Walk Foundation, Raman Kapoor, 403-909-7222, email@example.com