Two wounded war heroes rally to raise awareness and funds

                         Soldier On News Conference
                    Canadian War Museum, Galerie LeBreton
                         Wednesday, August 18, 2010
                                   10:30 am

TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Two disabled Canadian Forces heroes, wounded in the war in Afghanistan, want to help make a difference in the rehabilitation of their injured comrades by taking on one of the most grueling motorsport events in Canada to raise funds for Soldier On, a trust fund of the Canadian Forces established to improve the quality of life of ill and injured soldiers.

Master Corporal Jody Mitic and Corporal Andrew Knisley - both beneficiaries of the Soldier On program - will compete this September in Targa Newfoundland, Canada's longest and toughest motorsport competition. Their goal is to raise $150,000 in donations for the Soldier On Fund.

Both men suffered devastating injuries in combat. Jody lost both his legs below the knees in 2007 and Andrew lost his right leg below the hip and partial use of his right hand in 2009. Their Soldier On team will be supported by the Acura dealers of Canada with a car specially prepared car to meet their driving and safety needs. The team will be managed by Major General (Ret'd) Lewis MacKenzie, with engineering support from retired Transport Canada executive Nigel Mortimer.

A news conference will be held on Wednesday, August 18, to meet Jody Mitic, Andrew Knisley, Lewis MacKenzie and the Soldier On team, learn more about the Targa Newfoundland fundraising challenge and view the car that Andrew and Jody will use for the rally.

Please come and meet these special men and help support this unique initiative.


For further information: For further information: or to RSVP, contact: Susan MacDonald, 613-966-4969,

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