For Immediate Release
Toronto, ON, July 3, 2014 – On Sunday, July 6, skippers, power boaters and racers will gather at RCYC’s Snug Island to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Easter Seals Toronto Regatta, an annual summer tradition that offers a day out on the Toronto Harbour for children with physical disabilities and their families while raising important funds for Easter Seals Ontario. Following the afternoon sail, attendees will gather for a post-Regatta BBQ on RCYC’s Snug Island
Thanks to the support of the RCYC and the generosity of the boating community, this year’s Regatta will host more than 35 boats along with guests, captains, crew, sponsors and Easter Seals families for a day of family-friendly activities both on and off shore. It’s not every day that children with physical disabilities get the opportunity to ride a sailboat and feel the splash of the waves, and it is for this reason that the Regatta is one of Easter Seals’ most highly anticipated annual events. Funds raised at the Regatta go towards funding costly equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, and communication devices, providing summer camping experiences at Easter Seals camps, and funding of alternate recreation programs such as day camps, swimming and art classes.
“We are looking forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Toronto Regatta and seeing Easter Seals families enjoy a great day out on the water,” said Carol Lloyd, President & CEO, Easter Seals Ontario. “We are thrilled to have the long-standing support of the RCYC to help us raise much-needed funds to help purchase essential mobility equipment as well as offer kids with physical disabilities the chance to attend fully accessible summer camp.”
There is no cost for Easter Seals families to participate in the Regatta. For others, tickets will be available on the day of the event for $15 each or 4 for $50.The post-Regatta cartoon character-themed party will begin at 1:00 p.m. and feature a BBQ, entertainment, silent auction, live auction, raffle and family-friendly activities. In its 23 year history, the Toronto Easter Seals Regatta has raised $4.4 million for Ontario’s children and youth with physical disabilities. Major sponsors of the 2014 Regatta include RCYC, Toronto Port Authority, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Torys LLP, Mount Gay Rum, Air Canada Foundation, Barrick Gold, and Steam Whistle Brewing.
Since 1922, Easter Seals Ontario has provided families of children with physical disabilities with financial assistance for expensive mobility equipment and communication devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, braces, as well as fully accessible Easter Seals camps, and funding for alternative recreational programs. For more information or to donate, visit www.easterseals.org or eastersealsregatta.org.
Easter Seals Ontario
416.421.8377 ext. 326