Celebrities join campaign for Toronto tribute to Dr. Jane Goodall
Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Roots hosts Sept. 3 kick-off at company headquarters as leading figures from entertainment world lend support to initiative to honour renowned primatologist

TORONTO - The official launch of the ‘Reason for Hope’ tribute dinner campaign in honour of noted humanitarian and conservationist Jane Goodall will take place in Toronto on September 3, 2008.  Dinner co-chairs and Roots Co-Founders Michael Budman and Don Green, along with their respective wives Diane Bald and Denyse Green, will host the campaign launch at the Roots global headquarters. Environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki is the Honorary Dinner Chair.

There is great support for the Reason For Hope event on Nov. 16, 2008 from leading figures from the entertainment world including Dan Aykroyd, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eugene Levy, Robbie Robertson and Martin Short.  The MC will be George Stroumboulopoulos, host of the CBC’s The Hour.  Academy Award-winning Canadian film director and producer Norman Jewison will attend the campaign launch on Sept. 3. Members of the campaign team led by campaign co-chairs Peter Biro, John Carmichael, Michael Davis, Alan Maislin and Marvin Sadowski will also be on hand to launch the event. 

Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist and global environmental advocate, will receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) from the University of Haifa at the tribute dinner on Nov.16 in Toronto. Proceeds will support Dr. Goodall's innovative program in Canada, establish scholarships in environmental studies, and create a related program at Haifa University.

The Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global non-profit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. We are creating healthy ecosystems, promoting sustainable livelihoods and nurturing new generations of committed, active citizens around the world. Founded in 1994, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada supports community-centred conservation programs in Africa, sanctuaries for orphaned chimpanzees, and the Roots & Shoots program in Canada. Roots & Shoots is JGI’s environmental and humanitarian education program and global network of youth from over 100 countries. 

The University of Haifa
Represented locally by Canadian Friends of Haifa University, the University of Haifa is the largest comprehensive research university in northern Israel.  Dedicated to academic excellence, its location atop Mt. Carmel provides a unique backdrop for novel interdisciplinary programs and cooperative endeavours with academic institutions around the world.  An exciting and inspiring cultural mosaic, the university has a diverse student population, with over 17,000 students.  The university recently received official recognition as a “green campus” from Israel’s Ministry of the Environment.


For more information, please contact:
Robert Sarner
Director of Communication and Public Affairs
Roots Canada
Tel: 416-781-3574, ext. 4280
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