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Sporting Life celebrates second year of partnership with Ski for Kids event for CHEO

On Monday, November 13, Sporting Life is hosting a private in-store event to celebrate their second year of sponsorship for the annual Ski for Kids event that benefits the kids at CHEO and The Children’s Aid Society.

Ski for Kids, in its 28th year, is an event in which teams enjoy a full day of skiing and camaraderie at Mont Saint Marie to benefit children and youth in Ottawa.

This celebration of Sporting Life’s annual $25,000 donation and three-year commitment will be the official kick off to the annual Ski for Kids event. This generous donation will encourage organizers to fundraise over $1,000,000 for the CHEO Foundation and The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa over a period of three years.

We invite the media to attend this special evening.
(All guests will enjoy in-store discounts for the evening.)

What: 2017 Ski for Kids Launch
When: Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Sporting Life Lansdowne, 125 Marché Way, Bank Street
Who: Derek Noble, Co-Chair, Ski for Kids Committee
Tom McKenna, Co-Chair, Ski for Kids Committee
Hank Shannon, Store Manager, Sporting Life
Walter Noble, Executive Director, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
Nick Francis, CHEO Ambassador

For more information, please contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 447-2741
lhanes@cheofoundation.com

CHEO’s Dream of a Lifetime Lottery EARLY BIRD DEADLINE JUST 10 DAYS AWAY!

The Early Bird Deadline in CHEO’s Dream of a Lifetime Lottery is midnight Friday, November 17th. This year’s incredible Early Bird prize package worth over $111,000 includes a 2018 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 4×4 from Myers Automotive Group (or $36,000 cash), a 2017 Sea Ray SPX 190 boat (or $42,000 cash), a $10,000 Cabela’s Gift Card, and a trip for two to the Barcelo Maya Colonial in Riviera Maya, Mexico from Marlin Travel and Transat. You could also win one of 2,600 Early Bird bonus tickets that will give you another shot at the array of prizes in the final draws.

The 50/50 Draw is back and open to anyone purchasing Dream of a Lifetime Lottery tickets. 50/50 tickets are one for $10, five for $25 or 15 for $50. Last year’s winner took home over $539,000.

Of course, everyone with a Dream of a Lifetime Lottery ticket, including the Early Bird winner, will be eligible for the incredible Grand Prize which features the magnificent Minto Dream Home fully furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. The Grand Prize package is worth over $1,799,000.

Operators are standing by 24/7 to take ticket orders. Tickets are $100 each or three for $250.

What: Dream of a Lifetime Lottery Early Bird Prize deadline

When: Midnight, Friday, November 17, 2017

How: Order now by calling (613) 722-KIDS (5437) or 1-877-562-5437 or online at www.dreamofalifetime.ca.

For more information contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 737-2784

2017 CASCO Gala

Fahel & Co. presents the 2017 CASCO Gala: Between the Lines! We are excited to announce this year’s gala theme will be based off our favourite collection of fables and tales. This evening will showcase student talents ranging from modelling, dancing, and singing. All proceeds raised go towards CHEO. Save the date to support a great cause!

If you wish to purchase a corporate table, please contact finance@cascocanada.com.

Location
Infinity Convention Centre

Sun Life Financial and Canada’s children’s hospitals form unprecedented partnership to fight type 2 diabetes. Donation creates the Sun Life Financial Child and Youth Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Initiative

TORONTO, ON – (October 12, 2017) — Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) proudly announces the launch of the Sun Life Financial Child and Youth Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Initiative, funded by a $2 million commitment to Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (“CCHF”). This first of its kind, national initiative, harnesses the power of Canada’s 13 pediatric hospitals to provide preventative strategies and promote a healthier future for children at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“Awareness and education are the greatest tools we have to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes,” said Lisa Ritchie, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. “We’re honoured to be able to team up with Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations and their network of esteemed pediatric experts to make a positive impact in our communities and continue our fight against the disease.”

Since announcing a global commitment to diabetes in 2012, Sun Life’s Team Up Against Diabetes platform has focused support on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research. The partnership with CCHF is a new initiative that will allow Sun Life and the hospital network to work together to positively influence children and youth to live healthier lives with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes.

Through the Sun Life Financial Child and Youth Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Initiative, diabetes experts at children’s hospitals across Canada will create educational resources to promote the prevention of type 2 diabetes. These include:

• A toolkit for health-care professionals to help address obesity and its related risks in a sensitive and effective manner (handouts and videos).

• A Resource Hub for families and health-care professionals, serving as a reliable source of consistent and approved healthy living information.

• A Recipe Blog targeted at teens featuring healthy recipes.

• Food Skills and Facilitator’s Guide focused on teaching nutrition literacy to teens.

All 13 of CCHF’s member hospitals will have access to these resources to share with and educate the communities they serve, raising awareness of the importance of type 2 diabetes prevention in children.

“We are grateful to Sun Life Financial for this generous gift and commend our newest corporate partner for helping to create a national collaboration working to address this children’s health issue,” says Mark Hierlihy, President and CEO, CCHF. “The work that will result from this partnership will help fill a gap by providing standardized and consistent advice and tools for families”

The 13 member hospital foundations that comprise CCHF are: Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation; IWK Foundation; CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation; The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation; Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation; SickKids Foundation; McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation; Children’s Health Foundation; The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba; Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation; Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation; Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation; and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Sun Life Financial is focused on helping people achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives, taking a holistic approach to supporting the well-being of our clients, employees and communities with the end goal of helping to achieve physical, mental and financial resiliency both now and in the future. Sun Life has proudly committed more than $22 million in support of diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research initiatives since announcing support of the cause.

Sun Life Financial in the community

At Sun Life Financial, we are committed to building sustainable, healthier communities for life and we’re proud to hold the Caring Company designation from Imagine Canada. Community wellness is an important part of our sustainability commitment and we believe that by actively supporting the communities in which we live and work, we can help build a positive environment for our Clients, Employees, advisors and shareholders. Our philanthropic support focuses on two key areas: health, with an emphasis on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research initiatives through our Team Up Against DiabetesTM platform; and arts and culture, through our award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible TM program. We also partner with sports properties in key markets to further our commitment to healthy and active living. Our Employees and advisors take great pride in volunteering over 40,000 hours each year and contribute to making life brighter for individuals and families across Canada. Read more about Sun Life Financial in the community.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

About Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF)

Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF), established in 2017, is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for a national network of hospital foundations as the largest single, non-government funder of child health in Canada. CCHF continues to receive generous support through donors within Children’s Miracle Network® as well as contributions from new companies and donors. Together, our donors help expand the impact through Canada’s children’s hospitals from coast to coast, which see the most critical cases, saving the lives of sick and injured children. For more information, please visit childrenshospitals.ca.

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.

Media Relations Contact:

Yasna Criscione
Manager, Corporate Communications
Sun Life Financial
T. 416-204-8110
yasna.criscione@sunlife.com

Between the Lights for CHEO

September 14, 2017 was an unseasonably warm evening, perfect to be Between the Lights at Metropolitan Brasserie and the 700 Sussex Courtyard enjoying savoury treats, premium libations and an entertaining live auction to benefit cancer care and research at CHEO!

Some of Ottawa’s movers and shakers from local community groups and supporting sponsors like Alti Construction, Mattamy Homes, Main and Main and EllisDon were all decked out in Black and White and made some generous bids in support of cancer care and research at CHEO.

The month of September is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and during the festivities revelers took pause to hear from Dr. Lesleigh Abbott who talked about her work at CHEO treating kids with cancer. Darlene Mercer, mother of Ryan Mercer, a CHEO oncology patient who inspired the event, shared her family’s experience. Ryan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood bone cancer that requires a treatment protocol that includes compressed chemotherapy and radiation. Darlene’s hero, Ryan, attended sporting a dapper bow tie and his trademark freckles and sparkle. We want to thank the tireless organizing committee headed up by Casey Dowling, Ryan’s cousin, for their hard work. More than $20,000 was raised at this inaugural gala, and everyone at CHEO is excited to watch this event grow into 2018 and beyond.

“CHEO Needs You” CTV television special to air Monday, October 9 in support of CHEO

This Thanksgiving Monday, CTV Ottawa will air a very special program in support of CHEO-OCTC. CHEO Needs You is a 30 minute television show that will introduce viewers to four CHEO patients, their families and some of the CHEO staff who care for them. A visit inside the Oncology Department, Research Institute, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) and Roger Neilson House will demonstrate the breadth of services available at CHEO.

The program will air on October 9 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the CTV News at Six. Viewers will meet 15-year-old cancer patient Tyra Liko and her family who are with her every step of the way. You will be inspired by four-year-old Malakai Richter who suffered a stroke while still in the womb and is now making great strides thanks to the combination of learning and therapy he receives at OCTC. We will learn about support services available at Roger Neilson House through the eyes of one family who lost a child and get an update on innovative work being done at the CHEO Research Institute.

Donations made by phone or online during the show will be matched up to $10,000 thanks to our sponsors Surgenor Automotive Group and TELUS!

Viewers will be able to make donations to CHEO during the broadcast by calling 1-866-447-4442 or online at www.cheofoundation.com. @CHEOhospital #cheoneedsu

What: “CHEO Needs You” TV Special for CHEO

When: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Tune in to: CTV Ottawa

For more information contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613)737-2784

RBC Race for the Kids raises $285,237 for youth mental health services at CHEO.

OTTAWA – 09/24/2017 – The inaugural RBC Race for the Kids in Ottawa was held this morning at Wesley Clover Parks. During the celebration ceremony Tina Sarellas, Regional President and Jorge Useche, Vice President, Ottawa Specialized Commercial Markets from RBC Royal Back presented a cheque in the amount of $285,237 to the CHEO Foundation which will support youth mental health programs at CHEO.

The first RBC Race for the Kids was held in 2008 in New York. The Ottawa event has been added to a series of RBC Race for the Kids events that will take place in 15 cities in eight countries in 2017. To date, the races have raised over $27.9 million for children and youth charities.

Close to 1,800 participants took to the 5K and 10K all-terrain routes and the 2K Family Fun Run. RBC employees were a big part of the enthusiastic crowd who came to run, walk and have fun while raising money to support programs and services for children and youth facing mental health challenges.

“We are so thrilled at the amazing turn out for our first year in the nation’s capital,” said Tina Sarellas, Regional President, RBC Royal Bank. “We couldn’t have picked a better partner than CHEO to help bring this event to life. The money raised today will help CHEO and their community partners reduce barriers many youth are facing by helping to identify mental health issues more quickly so youth can get the support they need sooner. On behalf of RBC, I’d like to thank everyone who helped make the RBC Race for the Kids in Ottawa an outstanding success.”

“As the demand for mental health services continues to grow in all areas of the hospital, the importance of community support grows right along with it,” said Kevin Keohane, President and CEO of the CHEO Foundation. “We want to thank RBC for their community leadership. By recognizing the need, and bringing this wonderful event to Ottawa, RBC is making a difference in the lives of families who need specialized care and support. We also want to thank all of the participants and volunteers who made the RBC Race for the Kids a huge success.”

On the heels of this successful event was the announcement that RBC will continue supporting this event in Ottawa to benefit CHEO through 2019. This is a major advance in local efforts to deliver better, faster care for the children, youth and families in our region.

For more information contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
Office (613) 737-2784
Cell (613) 447-2741

Anika Reza
Senior Manager of Communications
RBC, Ontario North & East Region
Office (613) 564-2120
Cell (613) 291-3520

About RBC Race for the Kids:
RBC Race for the Kids is an exciting series of 15 charitable runs supporting children’s causes in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States. Increasing in popularity every year, RBC Race for the Kids events have attracted more than 124,000 participants to date, and raised over $CAD 27.9 million for children and youth charities around the world.

About CHEO:
CHEO is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.

RBC Race for the Kids is this Sunday, September 24. Participants are going further for youth mental health at CHEO!

OTTAWA – 09/22/2017 – This Sunday morning the grounds at beautiful Wesley Clover Parks will be filled with runners, joggers and walkers participating in Ottawa’s first ever RBC Race for the Kids. Participants of all ages and abilities will be taking part in one of three routes including timed 5K and 10K races, as well as a 2K Family Fun Run.

Registered participants have been collecting pledges prior to event day with proceeds benefitting youth mental health programs at CHEO.

This new event is part of RBC’s global race series which aims to raise funds in support of local programs that contribute to the well-being of youth. Since its launch in 2008, RBC Race for the Kids has raised in excess of $27.9 million for children and youth charities around the globe. With the addition of Ottawa, the event now takes place in 15 cities in eight different countries.

It is going to be a great morning filled with music, activities, food and fun for the whole family. It’s not too late to participate. Online registration is closed but you can register at the event. Please arrive an hour before the start time listed below for your preferred route. Timed chipped bibs may not be available on Sunday.

What: RBC Race for the Kids
Where: Wesley Clover Parks – 401 Corkstown Rd. Ottawa
When: 10K start time: 8 a.m.
5K start time: 9 a.m.
2K Family Fun Run: 9:30 a.m.
Prizes and cheque presentation: 11 a.m.

For more information please visit www.rbcraceforthekids.com/Ottawa.

For more information contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
Office (613) 737-2784
Cell (613) 447-2741

Anika Reza
Senior Manager of Communications
RBC, Ontario North & East Region
Office (613) 564-2120
Cell (613) 291-3520

CHEO’s 2017 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery Live the Dream and Help the Little Ones at CHEO!

September 12, 2017 – OTTAWA – This morning the CHEO Foundation held the media launch for the 2017 CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery. The 27th edition of CHEO’s annual fundraising mega-lottery kicked off at the Minto Dream Home in Manotick which is the centerpiece of the grand prize package. Last year, the lottery sold out early for the third year in a row and lottery organizers are hoping that streak will continue for the kids at CHEO.

This year’s grand prize package is worth $1,799,000 and includes the Minto Dream Home fully furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, $100,000 cash, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 from Myers Automotive Group, house cleaning for year from Molly Maid, $5,000 in Farm Boy gift cards, moving services from Fred Guy Moving and Storage Limited, and legal services from Mann Lawyers. The Dream Home is located at 585 Chriscraft Way in Manotick.

The second prize is worth over $156,000 and includes $100,000 cash, a 2018 Nissan Rouge SL Platinum AWD from Myers Automotive Group (or $32,000 cash), a $10,000 gift card from the Rideau Centre, a trip for two to the Barcelo Bavaro Palace in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from Marlin Travel and Transat, and an Ottawa Senators 300 Level Flex 20 season ticket package.

To be eligible for the amazing Early Bird Package valued at over $111,000, tickets must be purchased by midnight, November 17, 2017. This package includes a 2018 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 4×4 from Myers Automotive Group (or $36,000 cash) a 2017 SeaRay SPX 190 boat (or $42,000 cash), a $10,000 Cabela’s Gift Card and a trip for two to the Barcelo Maya Colonial in Riviera Maya, Mexico from Marlin Travel and Transat. You could also win one of 2,600 Early Bird bonus tickets that will give you another shot at the array of prizes in the final draws.

There is an incredible line of up of prizes this year and the popular 50/50 draw is back. Last year’s jackpot reached $1,079,315 which meant our 50/50 Draw winner took home $539,657.

When purchasing Dream of a Lifetime Lottery ticket(s), remember to purchase your tickets for the 50/50 Cash Draw available for $10 each, five for $25 or 15 for $50.

HURRY UP TO THE GREY CUP DRAW

Ticket buyers who order their tickets before midnight on Friday, September 22 could win one of five four packs of tickets to the 105th Grey Cup game presented by Shaw in Ottawa. 100 other people will also win a pair of tickets to the Ottawa Redblacks last 2017 regular season game

The Dream of a Lifetime Lottery has sold out the last two years so lottery organizers are encouraging ticket buyers to order their tickets early to ensure they are in on all of the draws. Tickets are $100 each or three for $250.

Tickets can be ordered by calling (613) 722-KIDS (5437) or 1-877-562-5437, or online at www.dreamofalifetime.ca.

Key dates to remember:

•  Hurry Up to the Grey Cup sales deadline is midnight Friday, September 22, 2017.
•  The Early Bird deadline is midnight Friday, November 17, 2017.
•  Closing date for all ticket sales is midnight Friday, December 8, 2017.
•  2,600 Early Bird bonus ticket winners will be drawn on Monday, December 18, 2017 and those tickets will be returned to the drum prior to the final Early Bird Prize draw
•  The Early Bird Prize Package will be drawn on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
•  50/50 and final draws: Tuesday, January 9 and Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

CHEO-OCTC and the CHEO Research Institute touch the lives of over 500,000 children and youth each year. Proceeds from this lottery will help ensure that the doctors, nurses, researchers and staff have the necessary tools and training to make sure every patient receives the first-rate care they deserve.

For more information contact:
Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 737-2784