FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, ON, June 20, 2013 – Sails will be hoisted and powerboats will be motored up on Toronto Harbour at the 24th Annual Toronto Easter Seals Regatta on Sunday, July 7. Children with physical disabilities and their families will gather for an afternoon of cruising thanks to the support of the RCYC and the generosity of racers, cruisers, skippers and boaters. A post-Regatta party will follow on RCYC’s Snug Island complete with a costume party theme and fun family activities.
This year’s Regatta will host over 40 boats and 500 guests, captains, crew, sponsors and Easter Seals families for an entire day of exciting events 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.
“We are looking forward to hosting a great day out on the water at the 24th Annual Toronto Easter Seals Regatta and seeing the smiles on kids’ faces as they ride the waves,” said Carol Lloyd, President & CEO, Easter Seals Ontario. “This event provides a wonderful opportunity for Easter Seals families, and it also raises important 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. The post-Regatta party will begin at 1:00 p.m. and feature a BBQ, live entertainment, silent auction, live auction, raffle and family-friendly activities. Tickets for the post-Regatta party for those not taking part in the sail are $15 each or 4 for $50. In its 23 year history, the Toronto Easter Seals Regatta has raised $4.5 million for Ontario’s children and youth with physical disabilities. Major sponsors of the 2013 Regatta include RCYC, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Torys LLP, and PJ Phelan Sailing Association.
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.
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