CNIB Celebrates Centenary and Looks to Raise Funds for Future Programming at Night Steps Fundraising Event

9/13/2017

Toronto, ON – This Friday night, CNIB will host Night Steps at Ashbridge's Bay Park in Toronto. The event is an annual fundraising walk under the night sky but this year will be particularly special because the organization will also be celebrating its centenary.

Since being founded in 1918 by veterans who were blinded in World War I and the Halifax Explosion, CNIB has been creating programs, providing services and advocating to change the lives of people with sight loss — from children to youth, to adults and seniors.

Night Steps is a family-friendly event where participants walk as individuals or as a team, and their fundraising efforts provide life-changing support for people with sight loss right here in Toronto. Last year, CNIB Night Steps raised more than $100,000 to help CNIB support Canadians who are blind and partially sighted.

The annual Night Steps events help fund the core of CNIB’s programs including the introduction this year of a Community Hub at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue as well as the installation of beacons in the area surrounding the Hub; a move that aims to create the most accessible neighbourhood in the GTA.

"Night Steps is a fun, accessible and family-friendly event, but more than that, it helps CNIB raise funds to produce programs that help level the playing field for people with sight loss," explains Monika Fox, CNIB Lead, Night Steps. Adds CNIB GTA Executive Director Angela Bonfanti, "We are so excited to be able to celebrate CNIB’s 100th anniversary with our clients, friends, and family with an unforgettable night under the stars. This annual fundraiser is critical in allowing us to continue offering life-changing programs for the vision loss community in Toronto."

As always, this year’s event promises to be fun for the whole family:

  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm: Registration, free food and entertainment
    • Entertainment includes performances by the Boo Radley Project and Scott Jackson, face-painting, the University of Toronto astronomy team with 3D print of our solar system and its sounds, mini putt with blindfolds, kids zone (Braille alphabet, Lego tables, etc.).
  • 7:00pm - 7:30pm: Speeches, prizes for top fundraisers
    • Speakers include:
      • Roger Ashby- local radio show host
      • MPP Arthur Potts, Beaches-East York
      • MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Beaches-East York
      • MP Rob Oliphant, Don Valley West
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm: Walk, return, snacks
  • 8:30pm - 9:00pm: Wrap up

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit www.cnib.ca/ontario or call the toll-free CNIB Contact Centre at 1-800-563-2642.
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For more information, please contact:

Andrea Chrysanthou,
Global Public Affairs,
T: 416-797-8194,
achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

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