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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Canadian Transplant Games to kick off in Toronto

INSIDE TORONTO | Kelsey Cheng

The Canadian Transplant Games opening ceremony will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on Monday, Aug. 8, marking the start of the six-day sporting event. 

Highlights of the opening ceremony include an athlete's parade, performances by artists, Egyptian belly dancers and Mexican folkloric dancers. The public is invited to join organ transplant recipients and living donors to witness organ donation in action. Admission is free. 

More than 200 participants from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia and the United Kingdom will compete at the games from Aug. 8 to 13, which is hosted every two years to raise organ and tissue transplantation awareness as well as to thank donors and their families.

Right now, only 20 per cent of Torontonians are registered donors, compared to the rest of Ontario, which is at 29 per cent.

Visit games.canadiantransplant.com for more information and event schedules.
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