Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast rallied together for inclusion last month and raised $150,000 for Special Olympics athletes across the country in a single day.
On Saturday July 20, Tim Hortons partnered with Special Olympics Canada for the second annual Global Day of Inclusion by selling a limited edition Special Olympics Donut created by Special Olympics Ontario athlete Tori Ranson. All proceeds from every Special Olympics Donut sold that day supported Canadian athletes with an intellectual disability.
Tori’s donut – chosen out of more than 400 recipe submissions from athletes across Canada – was a cruller sliced in half, filled with whipped topping and decorated with vanilla fondant and red sprinkles.
“I was excited to see people eating my donut – I'm glad they liked it and that we raised lots of money for Special Olympics Canada," said Tori, who participates in Special Olympics Milton and Georgetown soccer, basketball, rhythmic gymnastics, athletics and swimming.
“I was excited to see people eating my donut – I'm glad they liked it and that we raised lots of money for Special Olympics Canada." -- Tori ranson
Last year – the first-ever Day of Inclusion - Tim Hortons’ Special Olympics Donut raised $121,000 for Special Olympics across Canada. This year, sales increased nearly 30 percent, with Canadians eating 97,000 donuts.
“We were able to raise a record amount for Special Olympics across Canada, so they can continue their mission to empower children, youth and adults through the power of sport," said Tim Hortons President Alex Macedo. "We want to thank our guests and restaurant owners who came out in record numbers to support Global Day of Inclusion this year.”