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TORONTO: Thousands of Tamil Canadians are joining the 2013 Tamil Canadian walk-a-thon on September 15 to support and raise money for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.
As Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation provides treatment, research and education services in the filed of childhood disability.
Organized by the Canadian Tamil Congress since 2009, the annual walk -a-thon raised $50,000 for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto last year.
The walk-a-thon also raised $50,000 for Amnesty International in 2011, $35,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society in 2010 and $42,000 for the Sick Kids Foundation in 2009.
The organizers said that while raising funds their event has also helped increase awareness of the work bring done by the beneficiary organizations and encourage Tamil Canadians in engaging with their mission.
Autism and disabilities among children are important issues that lacks much needed awareness in our community , said Christine Seevaratnam, the co-chairperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress walk-a-thon committee.
The five-kilometre walk will start at 9 am from Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough.