May 31, 2002

Toyota Canada supports rehabilitation of Rouge Watershed in Scarborough, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario – On Sunday, June 2nd, Toyota Canada Chairman, Yoshio Nakatani, will present the Friends of the Rouge Watershed with a cheque for $10,000 – the third instalment of Toyota’s support of the community based conservation group’s efforts to protect and enhance the ecologically sensitive Rouge River watershed, the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America.

The cheque presentation will take place at noon as part of planned day-long activities in which Toyota associates will help plant 1,500 wildflowers at the beautiful Lucas Site, just north of the Toronto Zoo. In addition, FRW volunteers will conduct guided nature walks.

Also on hand will be Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Gerry Phillips and Toronto City Councillor Ron Moeser (Ward 44 Scarborough East) to support the good work of Friends of the Rouge Watershed.

“We are grateful for Toyota’s generous donations which allow us to plant many trees in an environment that has been heavily disrupted by development”, said Jim Robb, FRW’s General Manager. “But just as important to us is their associates’ willingness to get involved at ground level. Their assistance with planting and other rehabilitation activities is always welcome.”

“Everyone at Toyota takes great pride in our partnership with the Friends of the Rouge Watershed,” said Yoshio Nakatani, Chairman of TCI. “They are our neighbours as well as our friends, and their commitment to restoring and preserving the Rouge Valley ecology is crucial to its survival.”

The cheque presentation will take place at 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 2, at the Lucas planting site.

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