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Media Release – December 5, 2012

Auto Recyclers Sponsor 2013 DreamLift 

London, ON – The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce that its 53rd DreamLift will depart from Toronto, ON June 11, 2013, sponsored by the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA).

A DreamLift is a one-day, whirlwind adventure to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando Florida. The DreamLift offers a taste of independence for boys and girls with severe physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. For many, it is their first plane ride or their first day away from their parents. Some have never been able to travel due to their daily treatments, special feeding requirements or the physical challenges involved in their day-to-day care.

Earlier in 2012, OARA, along with partner Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), ran a wildly successful Tire Take Back event. In one week in May, participating OARA Members collected 139,000 tires and donated $358,000 to the Sunshine Foundation.

“We are tremendously grateful to OARA and OTS for making the 2013 Toronto DreamLift happen,” says Nancy Sutherland, National Executive Director of the Sunshine Foundation.  “We know that DreamLifts have a huge impact on children’s lives.  OARA and OTS are making a real difference to these kids.”

“We are looking forward to our second DreamLift with the Sunshine Foundation,” notes Steve Fletcher, OARA Executive Director.  “The joy the DreamLift brings not only to the kids, but to our Members is invaluable.”

Plans are already underway for the 2013 Tire Take Back Event, scheduled for the week of May 27, 2013. “Our Members are enthused to be involved again, and while I can’t say that we will break last year’s record, we have some interesting plans to try. With the DreamLift occurring just 10 days after the close of the 2013 tire collection event, we know our Members are going to be pumped, and we hope the community gets involved too,” said Fletcher.


About The Sunshine Foundation Of Canada
The Sunshine Foundation of Canada makes dreams come true for children who are challenged by severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. Dreams range from family trips to celebrity meetings, and gifts like computers and customized bicycles. Sunshine Dreams allow children to escape from the daily regimen and challenges of living with a severe physical disability or life-threatening illness. Founded in London, Ontario by a police officer who lost his teenaged son to muscular dystrophy, Sunshine is now a national organization with volunteer chapters across Canada. 2012 marks the foundation’s 25th Anniversary. Over that time Sunshine has fulfilled dreams for more than 7,000 children across Canada. For more information, visit www.sunshine.ca.


About OARA
The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) represents 130 professional auto recyclers across Ontario who recover and recycle end-of-life vehicles for their parts reuse and materials recycling. All OARA Members are certified to the Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (www.carec.ca), and sell quality Green Recycled Parts. For more information, visit www.oara.com or follow on Twitter at @autorecyclersCA.


About OTS
Established in 2009, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is an Industry Funding Organization (IFO) incorporated under Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act, to implement and operate the Used Tires Program. The program recycles and reuses the 12 million tires sold annually in the province, preventing them from ending up in landfills or being dumped illegally. Instead, OTS directs these scrap tires to recyclers who use them to make new green products for a variety of applications including home, garden, school, arena, park and more. Beyond recycling, OTS also educates and encourages Ontarians on the use of tire derived products – items made from used tires that actually last longer and work better than similar products in market, and educates Ontario drivers on how to get the most life and performance from their tires. For more information, please visit www.GreenMyTires.ca. Follow us on Twitter: @GreenMyTires


About Tire Take Back 2013
Once again OARA and OTS will team up to raise funds for the Sunshine Foundation the week of May 27, 2013. Ontario residents can bring their unwanted tires to any participating OARA Member, and the Member will donate the Collector Fees normally received from OTS. OARA will also match the Member’s donation. Combined with the support of Registered Tire Haulers, each passenger tire generates approximately $2.00 for the Sunshine Foundation.



Emily Chen-Bendle
National Director of Marketing & Communications
The Sunshine Foundation of Canada
519-642-0990 x 227


Steve Fletcher
Executive Director


Susanne Robins
Director of Promotion and Education