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"Eleventh Hour" Charity Challenge
Cast of TV's "The Eleventh Hour" issues fundraising challenge for the Actors' Fund of Canada

TORONTO: October 5, 2004


Citing recent tough times for the film and television production business and the 70% increase in assistance delivered by the Actors' Fund of Canada, the cast of the CTV television drama series "The Eleventh Hour" has issued a challenge to all film and television productions in Canada to raise money for the Fund during the week of October 18 - 25, 2004.

The challenge coincides with the Fund's "More Than Applause" fundraising and awareness campaign. Anyone working professionally in film, TV, music, theatre or dance can apply for short-term financial aid from the Fund, which has given out over $2.5 million in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other assistance over the last 10 years.

"Whether it's through drama, comedy or documentary format, Canadian film and television productions tell our stories in ways that no other media can," says Actors' Fund Executive Director David Hope. "Many workers in this important sector are self-employed, under-employed and have inadequate resources to fall back on if they're injured, sick or fall on hard times. We help people turn their lives around and get back to producing the finest film & TV productions available anywhere."

The "Eleventh Hour" cast notes that if every film & TV show in production during the fundraising week matched the $1,100 they raised last year through a raffle for cast & crew, the effort would yield $50,000 for the charity.

Ľ Click here for the full text of their letter

Cast of Global Television's "Train 48" climbs aboard for Actors' Fund "Eleventh Hour Charity Challenge"

TORONTO: October 14, 2004


Actor Raoul Bhaneja, who plays "Pete" on the popular daily soap, "Train 48" confirms that the show's cast has joined "The Eleventh Hour Charity Challenge" to raise money for the Actors' Fund of Canada during the week of October 18 - 25.

In a letter earlier this month, the cast of the CTV drama series "The Eleventh Hour" issued a challenge to all film and TV productions shooting in Canada that week to match or beat the total amount raised by the show last year through a raffle for the cast and crew.

The challenge coincides with the Fund's "More Than Applause" fundraising and awareness campaign. The Actors' Fund provides financial aid to performers, technical crew, writers and other members of the creative and production teams in Canadian Film & TV, theatre dance and music. Anyone working professionally in the Canadian entertainment industry can apply for short-term help from the Fund, which has given out $2.5 million in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other assistance over the last 10 years.

"Momentum on the challenge is picking up and we're thrilled that the "Train 48" cast has joined the effort." says Fund Executive Director David Hope. "Many entertainment industry workers are self-employed freelancers who have nothing to fall back on if they're hurt, get sick or their work suddenly disappears. Help from the Fund allows them to bounce back and keep making the terrific films and TV shows we're all so proud of," says Hope, citing the disproportionate number of film & TV workers and their families whose livelihoods have been jeopardised by the recent downturn in the industry.

The Actors' Fund of Canada is a registered charity supported by the entertainment industry professions.

For the full text of the "Eleventh Hour" letter, click here.


Photo: Barbara Cole

Cast of CBC Television's "This is Wonderland" takes up the "Eleventh Hour Challenge" for the Actors' Fund

TORONTO: October 15, 2004


Energy behind the "Eleventh Hour Charity Challenge" continues to build as the cast & crew of the CBC-TV series "This is Wonderland" make a bid to beat CTVís "The Eleventh Hour" at its own game of raising money for the Actors' Fund of Canada.

The cast of the CTV drama series issued a challenge earlier this month to all film & TV projects shooting in Canada the week of October 18 - 25 to better its total of $1,100 raised through a cast & crew raffle held last year for the Fund. This year's challenge coincides with the Actors' Fund's "More Than Applause" awareness and fundraising campaign week.

Delighted by the news of "This is Wonderland's" participation in the challenge, Actors' Fund Executive Director David Hope stressed that the Fund serves a wide constituency of entertainment industry workers. "Though it's called the Actors' Fund, we're there for all professional entertainment industry members. We're doing a lot more outreach than in previous years and connecting with I.A.T.S.E., N.A.B.E.T., DGC and other film & TV unions and associations whose members can ask for help from the Fund if they're in trouble."

The Actors' Fund has experienced a dramatic increase in the demand for its short-term financial aid program in the past two years, corresponding to the downturn in the film & TV business and the erosion of the largely freelance workforce's income security and ability to cope with illness, injury or sudden job loss.

"It's a precarious industry to try to make a living in, but so important for Canada. It's vital that we all pull together to help our colleagues and their families get through this period of transition," Hope adds. Hope urges other productions wanting to enter the charity challenge to contact him at the Actors' Fund office.

The Actors' Fund of Canada is a registered charity supported by the entertainment industry professions.

For the full text of the "Eleventh Hour" letter, click here.

Cast of "Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye" joins Actors' Fund "Eleventh Hour Charity Challenge"

TORONTO: October 21, 2004


The cast of CTV drama series "Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye" has entered the arena as the "Eleventh Hour Charity Challenge" races toward its exciting conclusion.

Begun by the cast of CTV newsroom drama "The Eleventh Hour", the challenge pits film & TV productions shooting in Canada the week of October 18 - 25 against each other in an effort to raise the most money during that week for the Actors' Fund of Canada.

The challenge coincides with the Fund's "More Than Applause" fundraising and awareness campaign. The Actors' Fund provides financial aid to performers, technical crew, writers and other members of the creative and production teams in Canadian Film & TV, theatre, dance and music. Anyone working professionally in the Canadian entertainment industry can apply for short-term help from the Fund, which has given out $2.5 million in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other assistance over the last 10 years.

"We put the call out to the community to support their Fund and they are responding," says Actors' Fund Executive Director David Hope, gratified by the response to the challenge that has seen such shows as "The Eleventh Hour", "Train 48", "This is Wonderland" and others vying for top fundraising honours. "We've had a 70% increase in the demand on the Fund's resources in the last two years. Right now is a critical time for people in our industry to come together and help ensure the Fund's viability for the long-term future." added Hope.

The Actors' Fund of Canada is a registered charity supported by the entertainment industry professions.

For the full text of the "Eleventh Hour" letter, click here.
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Cast of "Train 48" pulls ahead in "Eleventh Hour Charity Challenge"

TORONTO: October 22, 2004


With just three days to go in the "Eleventh Hour Charity Challenge", the cast of Global TV's weekday soap "Train 48" reports that it has shattered last year's record and is determined to win the fight for supremacy over all other Canadian film & TV productions in raising money for the Actors' Fund of Canada during the week of October 18 - 25.

In a letter issued earlier this month, the cast of the CTV drama series "The Eleventh Hour" threw down the gauntlet and challenged productions shooting in Canada during the Fund's "More Than Applause" campaign week to match or better the $1,100 it raised through an on set raffle for cast and crew last fall.

Now, with over $1,250 in hand and time to spare, "Train 48" seems poised to capture the crown. Can "The Eleventh Hour" still hope to defend its title? Will another competitor emerge from the sidelines to wrest the championship from the top contenders? "I'm on the edge of my seat!" says Actors' Fund Executive Director David Hope as the clock counts down to the end of the challenge on October 25.

The Actors' Fund of Canada promotes creative excellence for performers, creators, technicians and other members of creative and production teams in all entertainment industry sectors. The Fund carries out this mission by providing encouragement and short-term financial aid to help entertainment industry workers maintain their health, housing and ability to work after an illness, injury or sudden unemployment.

The Actors' Fund of Canada is a registered charity supported by the entertainment industry professions.

For the full text of the "Eleventh Hour" letter, click here.

original source: http://www.actorsfund.ca/ehcc.php