SRF proud to support children, youth at Ottawa International Animation Festival’s Shaw Rocket Fund InGenius Jr. Day; red carpet screening of The Breadwinner

SRF proud to support children, youth at Ottawa International Animation Festival’s Shaw Rocket Fund InGenius Jr. Day; red carpet screening of The Breadwinner

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OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Shaw Rocket Fund is proud to partner with the Ottawa International Animation Festival to support kids exploring the world of animation production.

As part of its partnership, the Shaw Rocket Fund is sponsoring the OIAF’s InGenius Jr. Day, taking place on Sept. 23 at the National Gallery of Canada where children can learn about animation through art, technology and innovative new software. Events kick off today with a red carpet screening of The Breadwinner, an animated feature film partly funded by Shaw Rocket Fund, and a post-screening Q&A session. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna will also make remarks.

“We are excited to see The Breadwinner at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. It is a critically inspiring film that shows how young people can make a difference,” says Agnes Augustin, Shaw Rocket Fund President and CEO. “The fact that this movie is getting the red carpet treatment shows how important it is to continue to invest in children and youth programming, which allows Canadian talent and culture to be exported globally.”

The Breadwinner tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to help her family in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Internationally co-produced by Aircraft Pictures (Canada), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland) and Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), the animated film is based on award-winning Canadian author Deborah Ellis’s book of the same name. It is executively produced by Angelina Jolie, who attended the movie’s successful premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in which it was named one of the Top 10 best movies by BlogTO.

“Under the leadership of our director Nora Twomey, an enormous amount of care has gone in to crafting a cinematic journey for children and parents from every walk of life while also striving for authenticity and pushing artistic boundaries,” said producer Anthony Leo of Aircraft Pictures. “This timely and relevant work would not have been possible without the support of Shaw Rocket Fund.”

The Shaw Rocket Fund InGenius Jr. Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, is dedicated to young audiences between the ages of six and 12 who will have the opportunity to go deeper into animation innovations with workshops, interactive games, virtual reality experiences and talks with industry representatives and hosted by the energetic duo from Rocket Fund’s animation character contest, Startoon. It is a day for families, in which a free screening of The Breadwinner will take place at 3 p.m.

“As my colleague Minister Joly has said before, our government knows the media landscape continues to evolve tremendously. That is why we have invested $2.2 billion in arts and culture and are committed to creating opportunities for Canadian trailblazers,” said Minster McKenna. “I am proud of the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s dedication to bringing creators from around the world to Ottawa Centre to showcase the world’s most cutting-edge, thoughtful, provocative animation films.”

Canada is home to unbelievably talented and globally recognized producers of children’s content, and the partnership between the Shaw Rocket Fund and the OIAF provides an amazing opportunity to showcase this talent to audiences of all ages,” said Chethan Lakshman, VP, External Affairs, Shaw Communications. “We are proud to support InGenius Jr. Day and give the next generation of content creators a chance to immerse themselves in a world of creation and innovation.”

About Shaw Rocket Fund
The Shaw Rocket Fund is a forward-thinking, not-for-profit corporation that focuses on stimulating excellence in the Canadian children’s production industry in Canada through equity investment and industry initiatives such as the much-celebrated Shaw Rocket Prize, which ran for 11 years to showcase Canada’s amazing children’s television and digital programs, and Startoon, an online development program for animators. The Rocket Fund is an advocate of the Canadian children’s production sector, maintaining an active role with regulators and governments. Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications and Shaw Direct.

 

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Media Advisory – Minister Hehr to Speak During KidsCAN School Day in Ottawa

Media Advisory – Minister Hehr to Speak During KidsCAN School Day in Ottawa

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The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will deliver remarks during KidsCAN School Day, hosted by AthletesCAN in partnership with ParticipACTION 150.

OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2017 /CNW/ – The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will deliver remarks on Friday during KidsCAN School Day, hosted by AthletesCAN in partnership with ParticipACTION 150.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

The details are as follows:

DATE:

Friday, September 22, 2017

TIME:

9:30 a.m.

PLACE:
Richcraft Recreation Complex
4101 Innovation Drive
Ottawa, Ontario

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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Loblaw’s President’s Choice® Children’s Charity commits $150 million to childhood hunger and nutrition; 1.1 million Canadian children at risk of being unfed or underfed daily

Loblaw’s President’s Choice® Children’s Charity commits $150 million to childhood hunger and nutrition; 1.1 million Canadian children at risk of being unfed or underfed daily

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BRAMPTON, ON, Sept. 21, 2017 /CNW/ – President’s Choice® Children’s Charity, established and funded in part by Loblaw Companies Limited, today committed $150 million in fundraising and corporate support over the next decade to address childhood hunger. Supported by Loblaw’s network of more than 1,100 grocery stores, millions of customers and almost 200,000 employees, the charity has become one of the largest charitable funders of school breakfast programs and will support nutrition education in communities nationwide.

“As Canada’s leading grocer, with stores in most communities nationwide, we are in a unique position to bring attention, awareness, and funding to children who go unfed or underfed,”  said Galen G. Weston, CEO and Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies Limited and former chair of PC® Children’s Charity.  “As our country embarks on its next 150 years, nothing will create better conditions for success than feeding our kids. Well-fed kids contribute more to a better Canada and we are committed to providing them with the nourishment to learn, to grow and to succeed.”

PC® Children’s Charity’s focus on childhood hunger and nutrition will rest on two new strategic pillars: Feed Kids Good Food through school and community programs, and partnerships with organizations that address childhood hunger; and, Feed Kids Food Knowledge by supporting food-based education programs to empower children to make healthy, responsible and better informed food choices.

“A hungry or poorly nourished child will never reach his or her full potential. In a country as prosperous as Canada, it is unacceptable that so many children are unfed or underfed daily,” said Sarah Davis, Chair of PC® Children’s Charity and President of Loblaw. “PC® Children’s Charity, as one of the largest charitable funders of school nutrition programs and through partnerships with hundreds of organizations across the country, is working toward a goal to make sure all those children are well fed.”

The charity recently acquired Breakfast For Learning in an effort to reach more children across the country. In 2018, PC® Children’s Charity will help feed more than 500,000 Canadian children breakfasts, snacks and lunches each day. That number will steadily increase, with a goal of closing the gap to all 1.1 million children at risk of going to school hungry. The charity will also roll out a new community fund to support local solutions, such as community kitchens or programs to educate kids about food and nutrition.

PC® Children’s Charity was founded in 1989 to help children across Canada, and since that time has granted more than $150 million, supporting more than 3.1 million children. The cost of administration and operations of the charity is funded by Loblaw, ensuring that 100 per cent of every dollar donated goes to helping kids. The charity offers funding across Canada and dollars are granted in the region in which they are raised. For more information or to donate online, visit pc.ca/charity.

About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada’s food and pharmacy leader, the nation’s largest retailer, and the majority unit holder of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Loblaw provides Canadians with grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, financial services, and wireless mobile products and services. With more than 2,400 corporate, franchised and Associate-owned locations, Loblaw, its franchisees, and Associate-owners employ approximately 200,000 full and part-time employees, making it one of Canada’s largest private sector employers.

Loblaw’s purpose – Live Life Well – puts first the needs and well-being of Canadians who make one billion transactions annually in the companies’ stores. Loblaw is positioned to meet and exceed those needs in many ways: convenient locations; more than 1,050 grocery stores that span the value spectrum from discount to specialty; full-service pharmacies at more than 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart® and Pharmaprix® locations and more than 500 Loblaw locations; PC Financial® financial services; affordable Joe Fresh® fashion and family apparel; and three of Canada’s top consumer brands in Life Brand®no name® and President’s Choice®. Through the PC Plus® and Shoppers Optimum® loyalty programs, more than one in every three Canadians are rewarded for shopping with the companies.

SOURCE Loblaw Companies Limited

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