The MLSE Basis is investing $ 250,000 to construct a legacy undertaking in London, Ontario.


London, Ontario. –

After the terrorist attack in London, Ont. In June, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) hopes to bring about lasting change in Forest City.

MLSE is investing $ 250,000 in an old project to renovate outdoor spaces in a London park.

“This is such an important day for London Ontario and sport has the power to unite,” said Ed Holder, London Mayor.

Funding was announced on Saturday at West Lions Park, one of the few potential locations under consideration.

MLSE was in town with the Toronto Raptors holding an open practice session in Budweiser Gardens on Saturday afternoon and the Toronto Maple Leafs playing an alumni game on Sunday.

“It is very important to us to do our part in the healing of this community,” said Terri Dennis-Davies, senior vice president, People and Inclusion, MLSE.

“We believe that a legacy project is really something that we can help bring this community together and stand for anti-racism and anti-hate.”

MLSE is creating a $ 250,000 legacy project to rehabilitate outdoor spaces in London, Ontario. on Saturday, October 2, 2021. (Brent Lale / CTV London)

The June 6 attack killed four members of the Afzaal family. Police said the attack was motivated by hatred of the Islamic faith.

“The terrorist attack happened after a week on my job,” said Rumina Morris, London’s director for anti-racism and anti-repression.

“It really made it clear to me how important this work is and how necessary it is in our community. So this is a great opportunity to bring the community back together. We have healed a lot over the past few years.” a few months, but much remains to be done so I am very much looking forward to this being a way to build on the fellowship that has surrounded the Muslim community in relation to this attack. “

To help heal the city’s Muslim community, Penny Appeal Canada and MLSE have teamed up to provide ongoing support in London.

“We asked the community what was needed most and they were unanimous in saying that mental health care was needed,” said Akber Ali, chief development officer at Penny Appeal Canada.

“So we are going to find a mental health worker here for a full year who will not only help the students in the school, but also the community members who are still looking for a cure.”

London City Council has yet to approve the project, but Mayor Holder doesn’t think this will be a problem.

“I think the Council is doing very well and I can imagine that they will be incredibly supportive,” says Holder.

“I know they will be because this is about our young people and this is about sport. We are the sporting capital of Canada and today is an important day because it really is like walking on the ground. “