Edmonton, Alberta – After two weeks of fund-raising initiatives on and off the track at both the Honda Indy Toronto and Edmonton Indy, Honda Canada Inc. announced that, together with generous race fans, they raised $90,068 in support of Make-A-Wish® Canada. Honda Canada donated its sponsorship signage to Make-A-Wish Canada for Canadian IndyCar driver Paul Tracy’s race suit, pit signage and Dragon Racing’s Number 8 Make-A-Wish Canada / Honda / Dallara / Firestone race car.
Commenting on the fund-raising initiative, Jennifer Ritter, CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada, said, “We are extremely pleased with the generous support of Honda Canada, the other Paul Tracy sponsors and Canadian race fans in Toronto and Edmonton. Through the sponsorship opportunity with Paul Tracy, we have been able to promote awareness of our vital mission and to continue to fulfill the dreams of our courageous ‘wish children’ across Canada.
“Make-A-Wish exists for one reason only -– to grant wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. We impact our wish families’ lives at a time when they need to know that their community cares about what they are going through, as their child battles for his or her life.
Visitors to the Honda Indy Toronto and Edmonton Indy were invited to offer a donation in exchange for programming and interactive activities that included racing simulators at the Honda World exhibit as well as tire change pit stop challenges and other activities. For a donation, racing fans were also invited to sign Paul Tracy’s race suit that was worn at the Honda Indy Toronto and Edmonton Indy races.
The highlight of fund-raising activities at the Honda Indy Toronto was “Free Friday” at the track sponsored by the Ontario Honda Dealers Association, in which fans were invited to attend Friday practice and qualifying sessions for a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada.