RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Staples Canada has kicked-off its annual Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. fundraiser in support of Special Olympics Canada at its stores across Canada. The campaign raises funds to help deliver world-class sport programs to people with intellectual disabilities in communities throughout Canada.
From April 27 until May 27, customers can support the initiative by making a donation in-store at their local Staples or online at staples.ca/shareadream.
"Supporting community is at the heart of The Working and Learning Company and we are proud to host another fundraiser in support of Special Olympics Canada in our stores," said David Boone, Chief Executive Officer, Staples Canada. "The work that Special Olympics is doing in collaboration with its local chapters transforms lives, not only by providing the health benefits of sport, but also by teaching life skills, values, discipline, socialization and inclusion."
The face of this year's campaign is eight-year-old Levi from Huntsville, Ontario. Levi's journey with Special Olympics began three years ago with Active Start, a community program for young athletes. Levi has gained the confidence to pursue a future without limits and through Special Olympics programs, he will continue to build skills that will help him take on any challenges in sport and in life.
"On behalf of Special Olympics Canada and our 47,500 athletes, I extend sincere thanks to Staples Canada for their commitment to the Special Olympics movement," said Sharon Bollenbach, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada. "Donations made to the Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign support community-based sports programs across Canada, helping individuals with intellectual disabilities build the confidence to take on any challenge in sport and in life. We are excited for this year's campaign and know it will be the most successful yet!"
To learn more about the Share a Dream campaign, visit staples.ca/shareadream. Follow and participate in the conversation on social by using #ShareADream and following @StaplesCanada and @SpecialOCanada on Twitter and Facebook.
About Special Olympics Canada
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating out of sport clubs in 12 provincial and territorial Chapters, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults, more than 47,500 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 21,000 volunteers, including more than 16,000 trained coaches. For more information, visit specialolympics.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SpecialOCanada.
About Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros
Staples Canada is The Working and Learning Company. With a focus on community, inspiration and services, the company is committed to being a dynamic, inspiring partner to customers who visit its 305 locations across the country or shop online at Staples.ca. Headquartered near Toronto, Ontario, The Working and Learning Company offers next-day delivery to 85% of the Canadian market as well as two-hour buy online, pick up in-store services. A privately-owned company, Staples Canada is dedicated to helping its customers – entrepreneurs, educators, students and parents – work, learn and grow. Visit staples.ca for more information, or get social with @StaplesCanada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Staples Canada, 905-737-1147 Ext. 2363, [email protected]; Kathleen Stelmach, Staples Canada, 905-737-1147 Ext. 2714, [email protected]; Samantha Cowan, Special Olympics Canada, 416-927-9050 Ext. 4312, [email protected]