SOURCE: Ontario Toyota Dealers

Ontario Toyota Dealers

December 18, 2015 16:01 ET

The Ontario Toyota Dealers Reward a Charitable Cobourg Man With a Brand New Toyota Corolla

COBOURG, ON--(Marketwired - December 18, 2015) - The Ontario Toyota Dealers, in partnership with Breakfast Television, are giving back to Ontarians this holiday season. Through a contest that began in November called the Toyota Wish Giver, the Ontario Toyota Dealers asked people across Ontario to become "Wish Givers" -- by nominating a member of their community who does good in their community, goes above and beyond for others and asks for nothing in return. The Top 10 stories with the most deserving individuals would see the nominee awarded with an amazing prize -- a new 2016 Toyota Corolla.

After over 1,000 submissions, a panel of judges determined the top 30 most giving and selfless individuals, whose stories were then shared with the public for voting to help determine the final 10 winners. After over 26,000 votes were cast by Ontarians, the Top 10 were selected. The best part -- the winners would each be surprised with their 2016 Toyota Corolla live on Breakfast Television from December 14-24.

This morning marked Day 5 of the Toyota Wish Giver. Doug Bates, from Cobourg, ON, was nominated by Andrew Hall, a friend and colleague. Four years ago Doug lost his daughter Kaitlyn in a car accident, and rose from tragedy in a remarkable way. Doug began fundraising initiatives and devoted countless hours to community events and programs aimed towards helping the underprivileged and those with special needs, he even became the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal. Furthermore, Doug established the Kaitlyn Bates Foundation in memory of his daughter, a foundation committed to increasing self-esteem in young women.

Today Doug's selfless efforts were recognized in a big way. Andrew was able to get an unsuspecting Doug to a Christmas Party at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto early this morning, and he was surprised live on air with his new car. Doug and everyone involved were incredibly moved by the events. The live footage can be watched here: www.toyotawishgiver.com, as well as by using the direct YouTube link: https://youtu.be/WnICV79qvvE 

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