In partnership with the City of Toronto, Toronto Breakfast Club and other local groups, WEG's sports equipment drive will conclude on Saturday, September 20 with a day filled with activities.
The ultimate goal is to collect; repaint and refurbish used items that can be distributed to youth organizations, which will pass the equipment on to local underprivileged children. Obviously new items are greatly appreciated.
"Woodbine's partnership with the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club grows each year," stated Jane Holmes, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. "The drive for the last two years has been very successful and we hope that as a community we can continue to enhance the lives of more children."
Racing fans and local residents are asked to clean out their garages and closets and drop off used bicycles, hockey equipment, in-line skates, soccer balls and any other sporting equipment to any of WEG's four chief sites - Woodbine Racetrack, Greenwood Teletheatre, Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, and WEGZ' Stadium Bar in Vaughan.
The drop-off locations will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
City-TV news anchor Dwight Drummond, Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex, and the Toronto Argonaut's Mascot will be at Woodbine participating in a fitness challenge with several youth groups. The Argo Cheerleaders will be present to lift everyone's spirits.
East York Rotary will run a spray booth for cleaning and refurbishing of bicycles.
Woodbine Security Staff and police constables from Toronto's 23 Division will administer a bike training program and work with children preparing for the Tour de University Heights Bike Race on September 27.
Equipment has been collected at Woodbine since August 30. To put into perspective the sheer scope of the programme and the generosity of the donors, the items will be transferred from collection boxes and loaded onto Toronto Transit Commission buses on Saturday.