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Honda Indy Toronto boosts Make-A-Wish

The Honda Indy Toronto was once again the backdrop for an incredible show of generosity from race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF).

  • Honda boosts Make A Wish

The Honda Indy Toronto was once again the backdrop for an incredible show of generosity from race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF).

Total donations for Make-A-Wish Canada were a sizeable $75,000, thanks to a $30,000 contribution by fans matched by the OHDA and HCF, and generous contributions of $5,000 and $10,000 from new partners Tim Hortons Inc. and Johnsonville Sausage.

This was the 30th year of racing on the streets of Toronto and the seventh straight year for Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Over that time, spectators and partners have raised more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish.

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At the recent race, fans of all ages were once again treated to the speed and spectacle of the race and fun of the surrounding festival on Fan Friday.

Instead of admission, attendees were encouraged to make a contribution to Make-A-Wish.

Donations were also accepted throughout race weekend for games and activities including face painting, racing simulators and Honda Junior Red Riders off-road riding program.

All contributions over the weekend were matched dollar-for-dollar by Honda Canada Foundation, the company’s national charitable arm.

Joining Honda during the seventh year of Fan Friday were two new Honda Indy Toronto partners.

Tim Hortons Toronto Restaurant Owners committed all proceeds from the on-site sale of coffee and lemonade which totaled $5,000, while Johnsonville Sausage pledged a $10,000 donation.

Hometown hero and Honda ambassador, James Hinchcliffe, made a special appearance on Fan Friday to meet with a group of Make-A-Wish kids and their families.

He took time to sign autographs, pose for photos and receive good luck ‘high-fives’ from smiling children before hitting the Toronto track for the first time since being sidelined for the 2015 season due to a serious, crash-related injury.

Honda Indy Toronto boosts Make-A-Wish

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