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Raise Awareness, Raise Funds and Raise Your Team Spirit at the Manulife Corporate Canoe Challenge to Help Restore the Don River

Mar 22, 2012


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(TORONTO, March 22) -  The Living City Foundation is challenging companies  to join us on Sunday, May 6,  to make a difference in the health of the Don River,  at the Manulife Paddle the Don!  Paddle the Don is a one?day event where more than 600 registered paddlers including public officials and  corporate teams,  will navigate 10.5 km of Toronto's urban river. This annual event organized by Toronto and Region Conservation gives Toronto residents and corporations a once-a-year opportunity to paddle down the iconic Don River. The event raises awareness about the importance of healthy rivers in Toronto and raises funds to support regeneration projects on the Don watershed.


"Manulife Paddle the Don has become a highly anticipated fundraising event over the years, showing us how much the public wants to have their river restored," said David Love, Executive Director, The Living City Foundation. "This year's individual event was booked in less than four hours. However, we still have spots open for corporate teams. It's an excellent opportunity to get out of the office, get on the river, and share a team building experience like no other! We look forward to having Toronto's companies help us to protect the Don."

Last year more than 21 Corporate Teams participated in the challenge raising more than $36,000. Corporate Canoe Challenge teams will begin launching at 10 a.m. from Ernest Thompson Seton Park. Teams are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing their company colours or flying their corporate flag while on their journey down the Don River.

A sponsorship fee of $1,200 allows your company to enter one team consisting of TWO canoes into the challenge.  Companies may enter additional teams if there is lots of interest in participating. Teams are encouraged to fundraise beyond their fee. Winning is simple:  the team that raises the most above the sponsorship fee is declared the winner! Last year Team TERRAPEX was the First Place winner who raised more than $6,500.

"Paddle the Don is one of our favourite corporate events," said Jennifer O'Grady, Vice President, TERRAPEX Environmental Limited.  "It is a great team-building experience and a fantastic way to see a different part of the City. We look forward to it every year, rain or shine."


To join the Manulife Corporate Team Challenge please visit


The Living City Foundation

The mission of The Living City Foundation is to raise funds for the initiatives undertaken by Toronto and region Conservation (TRCA), especially for The Living City program. The foundation was established in 1961 and since that time, it has raised almost $40million for conservation work in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, please visit:

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.   For more information, please visit






For photos of 2011 Corporate Team Winners or interviews please contact,


Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation                      

T: 416.661.6600 ext 5632; C: 416-358-3446 E:      

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