This year, thanks to the generosity of race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HFC) were able to raise over $120,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada during the Honda Indy Toronto race event, on July 12 to 14.
The 2019 Honda Indy Toronto marks the tenth consecutive year that Make-A-Wish has fundraised at the race, generating a combined total of $820,000 for an organization dedicated to granting wishes for children with critical illnesses. Donations made by race fans were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Honda Canada Foundation, Honda Canada’s national charitable arm.
This year, the HCF launched an online portal, prompting race fans across the country to participate in these fundraising activities for a chance to win unique prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Before the race, HCF contributed an additional $25,000 to the fundraising effort at a special event hosted by Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe.
“On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish, I want to thank Indy fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association and the Honda Canada Foundation for their incredible generosity this weekend,” said Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. “When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope – a powerful combination that may lead to better health outcomes. We are so grateful for the support we receive from Indy and its role in our ability to support children with critical illnesses across Canada.”
Race fans of all ages were welcomed to enjoy Honda Indy and the fun of Fan Friday. Instead of paying for admission, attendees were motivated to contribute to Make-A-Wish upon entering the grounds.
“This is exactly what the Honda Canada Foundation is all about and the common values we share with Canadians,” said Dave Jamieson, Chair of the Honda Canada Foundation and Vice President of Parts and Service, Honda Canada Inc. “We’re thrilled to have successfully launched the new online portal this year as we continue to expand our support of Make-A-Wish. What we’ve accomplished together this past weekend with thousands of Indy race fans, our dealers and the many Honda Canada Foundation partners is truly remarkable.”