Ottawa Senators Foundation

Ottawa Senators Foundation

June 19, 2011 12:41 ET

8th Annual Scotiabank Walk, Roll & Run Raises $192,000 for Roger's House

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2011) - With a helping hand from the community, participants and corporate partners, the Sens Foundation raised $192,000 during today's eighth annual Scotiabank Walk, Roll & Run for Roger's House presented by the Ottawa Citizen.

The event, which took place at Scotiabank Place, saw more than 800 participants take part in the Irving Oil Tot-Trot, PwC 2km and Enterprise 5km routes. Senators' forward Chris Neil joined the festivities and signed autographs for participants.

Once again, title sponsor Scotiabank encouraged its staff to participate and collect pledges for the event. The bank raised more than $62,000 from more than 10 branches spread across the region.

"Being associated with a great event and raising funds for such a wonderful place like Roger's House made our sponsorship choice an easy one," said Emily Farrell, vice-president of Scotiabank's Ottawa River District. "Our entire staff and customers have done whatever they could to help make such a significant contribution."

Walk, Roll & Run honours the memory of Roger Neilson, a former Senators assistant coach who died June 21, 2003, after a lengthy battle with cancer. This year the event paid tribute Neilson by asking children to draw a colourful tie for the event T-shirt. Neilson was renowned for wearing a crazy assortment of colourful ties. The contest was a huge success with more than 100 submissions. Kanata resident Madeleine Visser, 10, drew the winning design.

This year's event featured Roger's Dream Team, an innovative fundraising campaign that encouraged local businesses to sponsor one of 10 courageous children currently receiving care from Roger's House, and Roger's All-Stars, a group of families who have come together to support fundraising efforts and celebrate the lives of their deceased children. Both campaigns were a success.

"This year's Walk, Roll & Run was a tremendous success for Roger's House," said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "The strong support shown today is a testament to the character and compassion we have in our community."

Now in its fifth year of operation, Roger's House has had more than 1,300 admissions, and staff have provided more than 8,000 days of care. The welcoming home-away-from-home atmosphere comforts children and families who are admitted to the state-of-the-art, eight-bedroom facility, where dedicated professionals and volunteers provide the very best in compassionate care and support.

The charity of choice of the Sens Foundation, Roger's House is located on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The facility provides a comprehensive paediatric respite and palliative care program with elements of outreach, residential hospice, pain and symptom management; grief and bereavement counselling and research. The Sens Foundation provides Roger's House with approximately 30 percent of its operating budget. As a result of excellent patient care and family support, acuity rates (level of care required for patients) continue to grow each year.

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