TORONTO,ON – Racing fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and Honda Canada Inc. raised more than $35,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada this past weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto. This brings the fundraising total to $235,000 for Make-A-Wish from the past three years of racing.
“Make-A-Wish is truly thankful to have Honda Canada and its dealers support our commitment to give hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions through the granting of magical wishes,” said Jennifer Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. “Events like the Honda Indy Toronto help us generate the awareness and funds we need to fulfill our mission.”
The highlight of the fundraising activities at this year’s Honda Indy Toronto was the OHDA’s third annual “Free Friday”. On Friday, fans were encouraged to donate to Make-A-Wish in lieu of paying for admission, which was covered by the OHDA. Throughout the day, fans had access to Ferrari, Firestone Indy Lights, and IZOD INDYCAR Series practice and qualifying sessions. Amidst all the on-track excitement, fans of all ages enjoyed various games and activities in and around Honda World.
“We are thrilled that the third Free Friday event was such a success,” said Kevin Pearson, president, Ontario Honda Dealers Association. “Thanks to all the race fans, old and new, who came out to not only enjoy a day at the Honda Indy, but to also support a great cause like Make-A-Wish.”
Although the Honda Indy might be over, fans looking to donate can text DREAM to 41010 to make a five dollar donation to Make-A-Wish. With support from organizations like Honda Canada and the OHDA, Make-A-Wish grants over 400 wishes a year through eight regional chapters across the country.
“Our company was founded on a belief in the power of dreams,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada. “We’re happy to help make the dreams of Canadian children facing life-threatening illnesses come true by raising funds for Make-A-Wish.”