Photo:  Toronto East Rotarian Benito Del Monte Medina (centre) is flanked by Skate-a-thon organizers and fellow members Jim Anastasiadas (left) and Joe Runza (right).

Three years ago Toronto East Rotarian Joe Runza came up with the idea that he would skate to raise money for institutions that recently had provided excellent care for friends and family dealing with cancer.  Michael Garron Hospital was one of those great organizations.  As a result of his efforts, he raised over $7k.  Last year, Jim Anastasiadas (Toronto East President Elect) joined Joe in the rink and bumped that up to around $9k.  This year they really amped their efforts.  The Toronto East Rotary Club raised an incredible $20k with help from Jim who found an anonymous benefactor and Joe who brought in 50 sponsors.  With a matching grant from the Moffat Family Foundation, the total amount raised came to $40k!