Walk with Israel Family Challange goes this Sunday, rain or shine

The 44th year of the Walk with Israel event is expected to attract over 12,000 participants.

Published: May 26th 2011
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Walk with Israel 2010

This Sunday, May 29, UJA Federation’s largest annual event, and the largest Israeli solidarity walk in the Diaspora, the Walk with Israel, presented by RIOCAN, will be turning the streets of downtown Toronto into a sea of blue and white.


This, the 44th year of the Walk is not the same as previous walks, as this year’s event is all about family, and, as such, was aptly dubbed the Walk with Israel Family Challenge.


Fundraising teams are comprised of family and close friends, who then, together, raise as much money for the Walk as possible, with a portion of the proceeds allocated to fund UJA’s ongoing, transformative projects in Israel including educational and social services in Sderot, Eilat and Bat Yam.


The Family concept has certainly raised the bar from years past, with already more than $400,000 raised.


Helping that total significantly are the 250 teams that committed to raising a minimum of $1,000 and the approximately 40 teams which will raise a minimum of $5,000.


“The Walk is huge in our community, in fact it’s actually the largest single-day Jewish event in Toronto, but we wanted this year’s event to be more than just about the one day, and that funds raised will continue to work on behalf of Israel and her citizens. We have been overwhelmed with our community’s response,” said Laurie Sheff, chair of this year’s Walk with her husband Jonny Cole.


“This year, we started the Family Challenge where we actually challenged families to come together and either commit to raising $1,000 or $5,000 towards UJA’s incredible, ongoing work in Israel.” Cole continued. “So now you not only have an amazing community event, and a day of great fun, you also have a signature event that raises money for Israel and can truly make a difference in the long-run.”


Held rain or shine, this year’s Walk with Israel is expected to attract upwards of 12,000 enthusiastic participants of all ages, as well as a number of elected representatives including City Councillors, MPPS and MPS.


While the Walk itself departs from Lakeshore Boulevard’s Coronation Park at 10:00 am, participants are encouraged to arrive early for a kick-off party featuring Juno Award Winner for Best R&B/Soul Album, Shawn Desman, presented by Camp Timberlane and Mandell Entertainment Group.


The approximately 8 kilometre Walk through the downtown core and waterfront features four rest stops, each with their own unique entertainment features and snacks.


The day culminates with the Renee and Irwin Nadal Festival, at Ontario Place at 12:30 and featuring camel rides, a petting zoo, stage shows, kosher barbeque and great prizes.


For more information, visit walkwithisrael.com or call the Walk hotline at 416.631.5700.

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