MISSISSAUGA, ON -Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is thrilled to announce that the third annual Rally for the Kids Challenge has already raised $112,242, exceeding its original fundraising goal of $100,000 as the 11th Annual Targa Newfoundland commences in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on September 8, 2012.
For the third consecutive year, Mike Davenport of Davenport Subaru in Orillia, Ontario, and Jon Howard of Capital Subaru in St. John’s, Newfoundland, will compete against each other at this year’s week-long motorsport challenge after a summer spent raising funds together for the Rally for the Kids Challenge. Fundraising will continue for the duration of the rally as a final total is tallied at the end of the year.
Last year’s Challenge raised over $60,000 for charities in Ontario and eastern Newfoundland. This year, all proceeds will support local Ronald McDonald Houses as Davenport Subaru raises funds for RMH Toronto and Capital Subaru fundraises for RMH Newfoundland and Labrador.
Subaru Canada is a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House® Toronto and has helped the Rally for the Kids Challenge achieve its original goal by providing $30,000 in matching funds nationally for this very worthwhile cause.
Subaru Canada has also opened up this opportunity to its dealer network nationwide. Subaru dealers will be able to make a difference in their own communities as contributions will directly support the Houses in closest proximity to their dealerships.
Ronald McDonald Houses are a community House, each one is independently operated and relies on active contributions and support from individual donors, corporations and charitable groups in their communities. Support from events like the Rally for the Kids Challenge will help Ronald McDonald Houses provide more than 10,000 families of seriously ill children with a safe and comfortable place to stay that is just steps from the hospital where their child is undergoing life-saving medical treatment.
“We’re thrilled to support this remarkable effort from two of our dealers and we have encouraged our dealer network to do the same as well as build a relationship with their local House,” said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada. “Targa Newfoundland is a week-long motorsport challenge, but these dealers have dedicated months leading up the event fundraising for such a great cause. Exceeding the fundraising target as the Targa Newfoundland begins is a strong testament to what a difference this Challenge can make by the time fundraising concludes at the end of 2012. Every donation really counts.”
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The competition will begin and end in St. John’s, covering more than 2,000 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including up to 450 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.