SOURCE: Make-A-Wish Canada

Make-A-Wish Canada

March 23, 2016 06:00 ET

Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope, Presented by Canadian Western Bank, Returns for Another Year of Adrenaline-Fueled Excitement

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 23, 2016) -  How many people can say they've scaled the side of a city skyscraper while helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions? Now, you can! Dare to do something extraordinary for your community this year and register for Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope, Presented by Canadian Western Bank, the national signature fundraising event for Make-A-Wish® Canada. 

"We are so pleased with Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope and its growth in popularity and participation," says Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. "Since our first rappelling event in Toronto in 2012, we have introduced additional events across the country to make the experience more accessible to thrill-seekers and proudly welcomed Canadian Western Bank as our National Presenting Sponsor. We thank those that have already signed up for 2016 and encourage those who haven't, to do so soon! Your bravery and thoughtful commitment to fundraising helps advance our wish-granting mission and elevate it to new heights." 

Rope for Hope is an exhilarating event where individuals raise a minimum of $1,500 for wish-granting efforts in exchange for the opportunity to rappel down a city building. Rope for Hope rappelling events are scheduled to take place starting in May through October 2016 in multiple Canadian cities. The events are open to the general public. Those interested are asked to sign up at Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Canadian Western Bank is proud to be entering its second year as the National Presenting Sponsor of Rope for Hope," says Greg Sprung, executive vice-president, banking, Canadian Western Bank. "Our partnership with Make-A-Wish has been a wonderful experience for our employees and we truly feel we are making a difference in the lives of the children and families this great organization touches. Together with Make-A-Wish, we hope to break this year's fundraising goal and make more magical wishes come true across Canada."

Make-A-Wish Canada's goal is to raise $1.4 million this year through Rope for Hope. Since its launch in 2012, over $2.5 million has been raised.

Registration Now Open!

There are a variety of ways to participate: as an individual, in a team, as part of a fundraising group to send your boss/teacher/fearless leader down the building or by sponsoring another participant or the event.

Time: Rappel times will be pre-assigned throughout event day.

Registration Fee: $50 

Fundraising Requirement: $1,500 (minimum)

To register for Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope, Presented by Canadian Western Bank, and learn more, visit

Click here to view the official Rope for Hope promotional video.

Special thanks to National Presenting Sponsor: Canadian Western Bank with Canadian Direct Financial and National Leasing; National Sponsors: WestJet Cares for Kids, CSN Collision Centres, Captivate Network, BlueRiver Trading Ltd., Canadian distributor of Klean Kanteen and Clif Bar, and Local Sponsors.

About Make-A-Wish ® Canada

Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast to coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish® is the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 350,000 children since 1980. For more information, please visit

About CWB Group

CWB Group (CWB) is a diversified financial services organization serving businesses and individuals across Canada. Operating from its headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, CWB's key business lines include full-service business and personal banking offered through 41 CWB branches and Internet banking services provided by Canadian Direct Financial (CDF). Highly responsive specialized financing is delivered under the banners of CWB Equipment Financing, National Leasing, CWB Maxium Financial and CWB Optimum Mortgage. Trust Services are offered through Canadian Western Trust. Comprehensive wealth management offerings are provided through CWB Wealth Management, which includes the businesses of Adroit Investment Management, McLean & Partners Wealth Management and Canadian Western Financial. As a public company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), CWB trades under the symbols "CWB" (common shares) and "CWB.PR.B" (Series 5 Preferred Shares). Learn more at

Click here to read this news release in French.

Cliquez ici pour lire ce communiqué de presse en français.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Deborah Waines-Bauer
    Officer, Marketing & Communications
    Make-A-Wish® Canada
    Tel: 1.888.822.9474

    Canadian Western Bank Media Contact:
    Angela Saveraux
    Senior Manager, Communications & Public Relations
    Canadian Western Bank
    Tel: 780.441.2257