Friday, September 10, 2010

Chief Vern White to cut ribbon at IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon on Sunday

Ottawa Police Chief Vern White will join hundreds of other animal lovers as he cuts the ribbon at the 22nd annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon on Sept. 12 to raise money for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

The Walkathon, the largest event of its kind in Eastern Ontario and the leading fundraiser for the OHS, is a fun-filled day featuring 2 km and 5 km walks and many displays, family activities, prizes and contests. This year's walk will also feature a microchip clinic, where pet owners can have their companions injected with a tiny chip to ensure lifetime identification.

Over 1,000 registered walkers and 2,000 participants are expected to attend this year's event and the goal is to raise $215,000 for the animals. All funds raised will support essential OHS programs and services, including the EAPS team, which rescues animals in distress, investigates cases of abuse and neglect, and provides emergency transportation for injured and sick stray animals in Ottawa.

The Wiggle Waggle Walkathon begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the new location on NCC property on Riverside Drive, across from the RA Centre. Free parking is available on event day at the RA Centre.

It's still not too late to register! You can sign up and collect pledges online at www.ottawahumane.ca/walkathon or at the RA Centre on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Registration fees and generous support from our sponsors mean all pledges for the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon go to fund the care and shelter of 11,000 animals that come to the OHS each year.

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