Olympic Swim Team Diner raises $25,000 for children with serious and chronic illnesses and disabilities

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VANCOUVER – Canada’s Olympic Swim Team was honored yesterday during the “Evening of Dreams” fundraising dinner for the Zajac Foundation held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The event, organized by UBC Dolphins, raised twenty five thousand dollars for the Zajac Ranch for Children, a summer camp for children with serious illnesses or disabilities.

Canada’s 27 member Olympic Swim Team where in Vancouver this week competing at the Mel Zajac JR International swim meet followed by a training camp.

The Zajac Foundation is a non-profit organization registered as a charitable institution with the Government of Canada whose mandate is to support children, seniors and those with special needs through innovative community projects focused on developing life long skills and independence. In 1987, The Zajac Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization in honour of Mel Jr. and Marty Zajac who lost their lives in separate sporting accidents.

The Zajac Ranch for Children is a summer camp set on the shores of Stave Lake in Mission, BC. The ranch serves children with serious and chronic illnesses and disabilities. The Zajac Ranch seeks to normalize and enhance the lives of the children that attend camp by offering innovative and unique programs in a caring and supportive environment.

For over 30 years, Mel and Irene Zajac raised funds for the children of British Columbia through the proceeds from the Mel Zajac Golf Classic and private donations from friends and family members.

The Canadian Olympic Swim Team will regroup in July at the 2008 Swimming Canada Summer Nationals in Winnipeg where the Team will compete in a morning finals environment before leaving for Beijing.

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For more information:
Martin Richard | Communications Director, Swimming Canada | t. 613.260.1348 | c. 613.725.4339 | e. mrichard@swimming.ca | w. www.swimming.ca

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