LONDON, ON -- London Corporate Challenge will start a new chapter this summer, as it continues to expand and assist charities across the province.
On June 25, LCC will team up with Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario to help the charity continue its mission of providing accommodation and emotional support to families with sick children.
Since 2010, LCC has raised more than $350,000 for local charities. Proceeds this year will be donated to Ronald McDonald House, a particularly meaningful choice for Corporate Challenge owner and operator Michael Myles.
“My father, John Myles, chaired the founding board of directors that raised the money to build Ronald McDonald House in 1985,” he recalled. “It was still a fairly new concept in Canada. He was motivated by the death of his brother, my Uncle James, and wanted to do something meaningful for the community.”
Since it opened more than three decades ago, Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario has assisted thousands of families who travel to London so their children can receive medical treatment. Expanded five years ago, the House has 34 bedrooms and is always full.
“We served 1,144 families in 2014-15,” said Ronald McDonald House Charities-Southwestern Ontario Executive Director Margaret Anderson. “There is continued demand. Corporate Challenge brings the community together to support us so we can help hundreds of families every year.”
“We never dreamed how large an impact Ronald McDonald House would have,” said John Myles. “It’s wonderful to see Michael’s Corporate Challenge donating to the House all these years later.”
London Corporate Challenge is a one-day, team building event that invites friends and co-workers to raise money and participate in a variety of group activities in Harris Park. Teams have already started signing up for the June 25th event.
Corporate Challenge runs a similar event in Windsor. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario as well. That is especially meaningful because the charity will open a Windsor House in 2016 inside Windsor Regional Hospital.
“We have seen first-hand what a difference this support can make in the lives of sick children and their families,” Anderson said. “We are incredibly honoured to be bringing ‘The House that Love Built’ to Windsor Regional Hospital for families of pediatric patients.”
This summer marks the first year Corporate Challenge will also run an event in Ottawa, supporting a local charity in the nation’s capital.
“Corporate Challenge is a concept that works anywhere,” Michael Myles said. “It’s exciting to be able to work with charities and local businesses to further the work of the charities in their communities.”
When he was at Ronald McDonald House last month discussing this year’s event, Myles came across a vivid reminder of his family connection to the home – a barber’s chair that once belonged to his grandfather, Arnold Myles. “To emphasize the House was all about family, my father donated the chair his father had used as a barber,” Myles said. “I had heard about that chair over the years, but I had never seen it.”