TORONTO, June 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Listen up, rugby fans! The Toronto Wolfpack will proudly host Make-A-Wish® Game Day on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Lamport Stadium in support of Make-A-Wish® Canada. Game Day will raise funds through a variety of on-site initiatives to help Make-A-Wish continue its mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses across the country.
As part of this special day, the Wolfpack will welcome six wish children and their families to Lamport Stadium to take part in the ultimate VIP experience, including a chance to explore the team’s dressing room, meet the athletes and carry out the ball before watching an exciting game between the Toronto Wolfpack and Sheffield Eagles.
“This season, the excitement and buzz that the Wolfpack has brought to the City of Toronto with its profile-building performances, have sports fans across Canada on their toes,” says Reni Maitua, rugby operations manager, Toronto Wolfpack. “We are very excited for the opportunity to give these wish kids and their families an unforgettable experience during Game Day. The entire team is thrilled to help brighten the spirits of these amazing children and create lasting memories with them.”
With every July 7 ticket purchase, $2 will be donated to Make-A-Wish. Money will also be raised through Game Day program sales within the stadium. For each program sold, $3 will help grant wishes.
“We look forward to Make-A-Wish Game Day and our incredible partnership with the Toronto Wolfpack,” says Chris Pon, vice-president, national corporate alliances, Make-A-Wish Canada. “We are excited to have the opportunity to engage fans and spread awareness of our wish-granting mission. On behalf of our courageous wish children and their families, we thank the Wolfpack and its dedicated fans for their support in raising money to help grant the wishes of children living with critical illnesses in Canada.”
Fans are also encouraged to arrive early on Game Day and visit the Toronto Wolfpack shop, located at 139 Jefferson Ave. in Liberty Village, to make a donation and fill out a wish star for a chance to win an official Toronto Wolfpack jersey and hat. The team’s goal is to cover the storefront window with wish stars to show the local and international community the collective power of people coming together to make a difference in the lives of these children who are faced with uncertainty, fear and anxiety as they fight their illnesses.
“We encourage everyone to come on down to the shop for 2:30 p.m. and make a generous donation to help cover the shop window in wish stars,” says Scott Lidbury, general manager, commercial, Toronto Wolfpack. “We have high hopes for a big turnout from all ages. The Wolfpack is working to create a fantastic experience for these kids and we are excited that our supporters can be part of this special day.”
For those looking to purchase tickets to Make-A-Wish Game Day, please visit Ticketmaster.ca.
For more information on the Toronto Wolfpack and tickets to all home games, please visit torontowolfpack.com.
ABOUT TORONTO WOLFPACK
Toronto Wolfpack are a professional Rugby League team dedicated to progressing through the RFL’s ranks, from League 1 to the Super League. We are the world’s first transatlantic major professional sports team. We began our journey in 2017 winning the Kingstone Press League 1 title and promotion in our inaugural season. In 2018 we are competing in the Betfred Championship for the first time. Our home games are held at Lamport Stadium, Toronto, aka “The Den”. The entire Toronto Wolfpack organization is driven by three core beliefs and aspirations:
We believe the world is a better place with more rugby balls in more kids’ hands.
We aspire to create a global centre for rugby excellence in Toronto.
We proudly support family run local businesses, while championing UK-Canadian trade.
ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH CANADA
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 1,100 volunteers across the country grant more than one wish per day, on average. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted close to 7,500 wishes across the country; more than 600 last year alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish Canada, visit makeawish.ca.
SOURCE Make-A-Wish Canada