July 15, 2005 13:43 ET


Volunteer Sign-up Event at Mel Lastman Square for Meals on Wheels Attention: City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - July 15, 2005) - The CityPrayz celebration each year honours a group for outstanding service and contribution
to the Toronto community. The 2005 honoree is Meals on Wheels. The event will take place
at Mel Lastman Square, this coming holiday Monday, August 1, at 1:00 pm.
It will feature music, childrens' entertainment and a special volunteer sign-up opportunity.

"Meals on Wheels helps people to maintain their health and independence
when they cannot prepare meals for themselves. Thousands of
people in Toronto depend on that meal arriving, and the friendly face that
comes with it. They need our support and it takes only two hours a week!"
says CityPrayz organizer Desmond McKenzie.

12:00 noon -- Event begins with exciting activities in the childrens' tent and a
soul-swaying gospel concert with Chris Clarke & band on the Mel Lastman Square stage.
1:00 pm - Recognition and award segment of the event.
2:00 pm - Volunteer Sign-up, with musical entertainment by Chris Clarke & band with special guests.

This third annual CityPrayz promises to be a great time with live music, unique
"stick drama" groups and a tentful of activities and entertainment for children.
/For further information: Background Information:

CityPrayz was inaugurated in August 2003, through the collaboration of
Faith Sanctuary and the City of Toronto's Economic Development office.
In that difficult time impacted by SARS, economic downturn and families
in crisis, CityPrayz was designed to bring a ray of hope, a song of praise,
and a prayer for better days. Equally important, the event was an opportunity
to recognize, celebrate and encourage the work of people who are making a
positive difference in our city.

In 2003 the event launched with a stage-full of honorees: Toronto
Emergency Medical Services, Police and Fire Services, and the Nurses and
Health Care workers whose brave and selfless service was so tested that
year. The 2004 honoree was Salvation Army Community & Family Services
who provide support, food, shelter and a host of other services to
families in need and disaster recovery situations.

CityPrayz 2005 will honour the great work of Meals on Wheels. These
volunteers deliver over two million meals each year in Ontario, to those
who cannot prepare food for themselves. In so doing they literally
bring life in their hands to thousands. The 2005 event will include a
move from just recognition to action. There will be opportunity and
encouragement for people to sign up, to meet Meals on Wheels' massive
need for new volunteers.

Contact Information

  • Desmond McKenzie, Director, Communication, Faith Sanctuary
    Primary Phone: 416-716-9445
    Secondary Phone: 416-244-4898 ext. 104