Toronto Catholic Schools Walk for a Cure

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					                                June 15, 2009                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Communications                    Media advisory/Photo op
Department                        Attention: All assignment Editors/Education Editors/ Health Editors
80 Sheppard Avenue East
North York, Ontario                             Toronto Catholic Schools Walk for a Cure
M2N 6E8
Media Contact:                    Event:            Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes
Mary Jo Deighan, Co-ordinator
Communications, Public and        Date:             Wednesday June 17, 2009
Media Relations
maryjo.deighan@tcdsb.org                            9:15 am - 10:00 am
                                  Location:         Our Lady of Peace Catholic School
Information:
Herminio Pires                                      70 Mattice Avenue, Etobicoke (Kipling and Bloor)
Principal
Our Lady of Peace Catholic                 During the months of May and June, students, parents and staff of the Toronto
School                            Catholic District School Board have participated in the Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes event
416-393-5253                      in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (“JDRF”).
herminio.pires@tcdsb.org
                                           Recognizing that there are many students in the TCDSB who live with Juvenile
Karen Dellio                      Diabetes, participating schools of the TCDSB have not only raised funds for a cure for
Parent Coordinator                diabetes for kids in their schools, they have also created awareness that childhood obesity
Our Lady of Peace                 has increased by more than 50% over the last 15 years and that Type II, adult onset
416-418-1102
karendellio@rogers.com            diabetes, is now being detected in children. The Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes event
                                  encourages everyone to focus on the importance of physical activity and good healthy
Darlene Bennett-Howes             eating and living habits.
Regional Director                          The students and staff of Our Lady of Peace Catholic School are passionate in their
Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation                        commitment to raise $10,000 to find a cure for diabetes for kids in their family of schools.
1-877-CURE-JDF                    Over 600 students, staff and parents of Our Lady of Peace will be walking. All funds
dbennett@jdrf.ca                  raised by Our Lady of Peace Catholic School will be directed to JDRF funded research at
                                  The Hospital for Sick Children where many children from schools in the TCDSB receive
                                  the best diabetes care.
                                           Members of the media are invited to attend the walk and meet the students and
                                  staff of Our Lady of Peace School.
                                           JDRF, the world’s leading non profit, funder of diabetes research, was founded in
                                  1974 by parents of children with Juvenile Diabetes. JDRF’s mission is constant-to find a
                                  cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
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                                  The Toronto Catholic District School Board educates more than 90,000 students from diverse cultures and
                                  language backgrounds in its 201 Catholic elementary and secondary schools and serves 474,876 Catholic
                                  school supporters across the City of Toronto.