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Make-A-Wish(R) Rope for Hope Raises Nearly $900,000!

Brave Canadians rise to the challenge

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/06/14 -- This year, Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope took place from coast to coast and raised nearly $900,000 to support wish-granting efforts in communities across Canada. From May through July, more than 500 individuals challenged themselves to rappel down a local city skyscraper and raise funds as part of Make-A-Wish® Canada's national signature event.

The nationwide event took place in eight locations: Montreal, Halifax, Toronto, London, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Rope for Hope is a unique challenge event that calls on participants to fundraise a minimum of $1,500, in exchange for a thrilling experience to go over the edge of a well-known city structure.

"Expanding Rope for Hope from two to eight sites this year allowed us to engage more Canadians to support our wish-granting efforts in the communities where they live," said Jennifer Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. "Having rappelled in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary, I can truly say that Rope for Hope is an exhilarating and life-changing event that everyone should try at least once! With the battles that our courageous wish children face every day, 10 to 20 minutes of 'fear' for a participant is totally manageable and supports a fantastic cause."

"This is my third year taking part in this wonderful event," said Brian, wish dad and Rope for Hope team captain. "The inspiration that I get from each wish fulfilled by Make-A-Wish, including my son Owen's wish to be a firefighter, encourages me to raise as much money as I can so more magical wishes can come true for these kids."

Rope for Hope has raised nearly $1.3 million since 2012 when it first launched in Toronto.

Interested in signing up for 2015? Visit www.ropeforhope.ca to register for next year in a city near you!

Special thanks to Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope national sponsors: Chairman's Brands, Klean Kanteen, Clif Bar, Captivate Network and all of the local sponsors who made these events possible.

About Make-A-Wish® Canada

Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast to coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish® is the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 334,000 children since 1980. For more information, please visit www.makeawish.ca

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