Toronto, Ontario – The inspiring story of two disabled Canadian Forces veterans who finished the 2,000-kilometre Targa Newfoundland rally to raise funds for the Soldier On Fund will be the subject of a CTV W5 special. The documentary will run on Saturday following Remembrance Day.
Master Corporal Jody Mitic and Corporal Andrew Knisley suffered devastating injuries in Afghanistan that left them with one leg and three arms between them. Crediting the Canadian Forces Soldier On program with contributing to their recovery, they set a goal of raising $150,000 for the fund by competing in Targa. Soldier On was established to improve the quality of life of ill and injured soldiers through active participation and peer interaction in fitness and sports.
Mitic and Knisley, who have prosthetic limbs, drove a specially-equipped Acura sponsored by the Acura Dealers of Canada. The pair finished the rally first in their class, seventh in their divison, and earned a Targa Plate for successfully completing each of the stages within their times.
To date, the Soldier On Fund has received almost $80,000 for the Acura Soldier On team at Targa. Contributions can be made through tax-deductible donations at Soldier On.
The W5 special will be broadcast at 7:00 p.m. on the full CTV network on Saturday, November 13. It will also air on CTV stations in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario at noon on Sunday, November 14. In Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, it will air on that day after the Sunday NFL football game. It can be viewed on CP24 on Sunday November 14 at 1:00 p.m. and Monday, November 15 at 12:00 a.m. There will also be iDiscovery rebroadcasts during the week of November 14, so check local listings for details.