Kiwanis In Ottawa Area Supports Special Olympics

The Canadian Special Olympic 2000 Winter Games will take place in Ottawa starting January 25, 2000, and the Kiwanis Clubs of the area are announcing that they will be throwing their support behind the event.

“The 20 Kiwanis Clubs in the Ottawa-Hull area are pleased to support a project which clearly supports the Kiwanis motto of serving the children of the World” explained Lt. Governor Elect Ron Wing who is the fund raising chair for the event. The Clubs have pledged $50,000 to Special Olympics to help support the event.

“The Kiwanis International motto is ‘Serving the children of the World’, and Special Olympics fits in very well with our overall direction” explains Ian Hendry, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. Kiwanis Clubs in the Ottawa-Hull area have a large number of projects planned for the year 2000. “This will be the first of many projects that Kiwanis Clubs will be involved to mark the start of the millennium, with many of the them targeted at helping children” declared John Callan, President Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

In addition to the sponsorship, the Kiwanis Clubs will provide the volunteer staffing for the floor hockey event. Bob Horlick, the event chairperson from the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa explains, “Kiwanis has been involved in Special Olympics for the past three years in regional events, so when it was announced that the Winter Games were being hosted in Ottawa, is was a natural for us to continue.” Kiwanis will help provide the 250 volunteers that will be required to staff the floor hockey event during the 5 days of the games.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is celebrating 82 years of active fund raising and community involvement as a non-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, and with over $600,000 returned to the local community each year, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. One of the 8,000 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa.

Other projects carried on by Kiwanis in the Ottawa area include the Kiwanis Duck Race for Tiny Hearts, the “Never Shake a Baby” educational video[http://shakenbaby.ottawakiwanis.org], and the “Reading is Fundamental” project running at Connaught Public School.

- 30 - For information contact Jamie Johnson (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 226-7099 or at jamiejohnson@ottawakiwanis.org; or Steve Ryan (Special Olympics) at 747-7390 or steveryan@sympatico.ca. This information is available at http://media.ottawakiwanis.org in an electronic format. Please join us at the media conference at 11:15 before our June 25th meeting (12:30 p.m. at the Chateau Laurier Hotel) to learn more about Kiwanis involvement in Special Olympics with guest speakers Dr. Frank Hayden and Peter Charbonneau.