Bravely Tackling Obstacles

By Martin Blake, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:01 p.m. September 27, 2016

Service members tested their physical capabilities alongside the public while raising money for a worthy cause in this year’s Brave T.O Challenge on September 24 at Morningside Park in Scarborough.

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Brave T.O. saw participants take on a 5-km obstacle course to help fundraise for The Scarborough Hospital Foundation

Inspired by the city’s courageous first responders, the obstacle course provided participants with an opportunity to tackle the real-life physical challenges faced by Toronto’s police, paramedics and firefighters during training and on the street.

These include Tire-Carry, Wall-Clear, Tunnel Crawl, Confidence Maze and Hose Carry.

BRAVE T.O. First Responders Challenge Raises Funds for Scarborough Hospital Foundation

Proceeds from the Challenge will go to The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (SHF) to support innovative patient care and purchase support items.

“The partnership with Toronto Police, Fire and Paramedics is really awesome,” said SHF President Michael Mazza. “We are out here trying to promote healthy lifestyles and raise some money for the hospital to purchase equipment that we need to support our community. We want to grow this event over the next five years and make this a major event.”

He said the money raised will help to buy CT scanners and support birthing unit and emergency room programs.

43 Division hosted the event.

“We are honoured to be doing this,” said Staff Sergeant Todd Flanders. “It’s a good community event. I think we answered the bell when it came to participating and fundraising.”

Superintendent Kim Yeandle, of 42 Division, was on hand to cheer on Service members.

“This is an opportunity for everybody to come together – family, friends and co-workers – to test themselves and see if they can take on the physical obstacles that first responders face every day,” she said. “The big thing about this though is that we are here to support Scarborough Hospital. I had no idea they had to raise 100 per cent of the funds whenever they want to buy new equipment. So fundraising events like this are absolutely critical.”

Visit the  Brave T.O. website

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