MEDIA AVAILABILITY MONDAY JUNE 15 BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 PM
WaterAid Canada Launches Bucket List Adventures
With New National Ambassadors for the Next 5 Years:
2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery and Elite Athlete Darla Deschamps-Montgomery
TORONTO, ONT (TNWS) – June 14, 2015 – Television host of the “The Amazing Race Canada” and 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery and Canadian skeleton racer, Darla Deschamps-Montgomery, will be in Toronto on Monday June 15 to discuss their upcoming Bucket List Adventure Central America Cycling Challenge in support of WaterAid Canada.
Montgomery became one of Canada’s best known athletes after winning gold at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and making a triumphant walk through Whistler Village with a pitcher of beer. The image became iconic with Montgomery instilling pride coast to coast.
“I invite Canadians from all walks of life to join us in furthering Canada’s incredible contribution to the world. WaterAid Canada’s vision is for everyone, everywhere to have access to safe water and sanitation by 2030,” Montgomery says. “In our new roles as National Ambassadors, Darla and I will lead WaterAid Canada’s new adventure fundraising campaign, the Bucket List Adventures series, with the aim of helping to raise $1 million for clean water and sanitation projects over the next five years.”
Jon and Darla’s first amazing adventure will be WaterAid Canada’s Central America Cycling Challenge, a 500-km cycling journey through Costa Rica to Nicaragua with 14 other intrepid Canadians in November 2015. The trip that roughly follows the Pan-American Highway will take them through rain and cloud forests, past volcanoes, along crocodile-infested rivers and through old colonial towns. They end up in the rural North Atlantic autonomous region of Nicaragua to visit some of WaterAid Canada’s life-saving water and sanitation projects.
“Over 748 million people globally do not have access to clean water and sanitation, and more than 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation,” Montgomery says. “Without safe water or sanitation, people are trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease.”
Andrea Helfer, Acting Chief Executive Officer of WaterAid Canada, said she couldn’t think of two better-suited people to lead their Bucket List Adventures over the next five years.
“Both Darla and Jon are incredibly inspiring individuals whose tenacity, compassion and global spirit have shown us what is possible if we put our hearts and minds into achieving our goals,” Helfer says. “We know that their infectious enthusiasm will help rally the public around our ambitious goal to end the global water and sanitation crisis.”
About WaterAid Canada
WaterAid was recently ranked by GuideStar’s Philanthropedia as the Number 1 International Non-profit group working in the water and sanitation sector. WaterAid is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping the wold’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. WaterAid works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water, and since 2004, some 18 million with toilets and sanitation.
-About 1,400 children under the age of five die ever day from diarrhea caused by dirty water and poor sanitation
-Some 748 million people are without safe water, or 1 in 10 in the world.
-2.5 billion people are without adequate sanitation, or 39% of the world’s population
-Over the past two decades, more than two billion people have gained access to clean drinking water.
For more information please visit www.wateraidcanada.com
About Jon Montgomery
“Imagine waking up every morning knowing that the majority of your day will be spent walking for hours to collect a bucket or two of dirty water that may make you and your family sick. Imagine for a moment, choosing between thirst or disease. That is not a choice at all,” Montgomery warns. “Water is something so simple, so basic to health and life, and yet too many people around the world continue to struggle in absence of this basic human right. Knowing this, Darla and I are both incredibly motivated to do whatever we can to end this crisis in our lifetime.”
Originally from Russell, Manitoba, Montgomery has had his fair share of adventure. From winning the gold medal in skeleton at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, to eight Skeleton World Cup medals and five national titles to hosting “The Amazing Race Canada.”
Montgomery has never shied away from a challenge. This year, he and his wife, Darla Deschamps-Montgomery, will face their biggest challenge yet: joining WaterAid Canada as its new National Ambassadors, and supporting the charity’s effort to end the global water and sanitation crisis that needlessly takes the lives of thousands of people daily.
About Darla Deschamps-Montgomery
Darla’s career was cut short when she suffered a traumatic brain injury that ended her dream of representing Canada in the Olympics. Her long recovery provided her with a different perspective on life. Now, more than ever, she wants to create positive changes in the world.
Originally from Calgary, Deschamps-Montgomery was preparing for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games when she suffered a career-ending concussion. Prior to this, she had stellar results as a skeleton racer winning two Gold medals and two Bronze medals at the 2010-2011 Intercontinental Cup, in addition to a Bronze medal at the World Cup.
“Embarking on this adventure with WaterAid Canada is more than just travelling the world and participating in amazing physical challenges,” Deschamps-Montgomery says. “It’s about bringing much-needed attention to an issue that we care deeply about, and inspiring others to take on the challenge of making the world a better place to live – however they choose to do it.”
To book Jon Montgomery and Darla Deschamps-Montgomery for an interview on June 15 between 7 am to 12 pm:
Contact Gurpreet Kaur Sodhi – Communications Coordinator
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