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Buy a donut at Tim Hortons, support local Special Olympians

Event marks Global Day of Inclusion; Special Olympics athlete created this year's donut - a cruller sliced in half, filled with whipped topping and decorated with sprinkles
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Orillia Special Olympian Lynda Larkin, who recently won medals while bowling at provincials, is shown with Jen Adams, owner of the Tim Hortons on Westmount Drive in Orillia. Saturday, these special donuts will be on sale to celebrate Global Day of Inclusion. Proceeds go to Special Olympics. Contributed photo

On Saturday, July 20, Tim Hortons and Special Olympics Canada are teaming up to release a limited edition donut to support and celebrate Global Day of Inclusion.

Global Day of Inclusion began in 2018 and, together, Tim Hortons and Special Olympics Canada are raising awareness and funds to empower 47,500 Canadians with intellectual disabilities to reach their full potential through Special Olympics programs.

This year’s donut was created by 26-year-old Special Olympics athlete Tori Ranson, whose creation was chosen from more than 400 submissions. Tori’s donut features a cruller sliced in half and filled with whipped topping and is decorated with vanilla fondant and red sprinkles. Tori is an active member of the Georgetown and Milton Special Olympics clubs.


On July 20, guests can purchase a Special Olympics Donut at participating restaurants for $1.69* plus tax with all proceeds going towards Special Olympics in Canada

Tim Hortons has been a proud national partner of Special Olympics Canada since 2016

Tim Hortons is the Lead Corporate Sponsor of Special Olympics Canada’s youth programs Active Start, for 2- to 6-year-olds, and FUNdamentals, for 7- to 12-year-olds

There are more than 47,500 children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability currently participating in Special Olympics programming across the country

Changing the world starts with changing mindsets – on Saturday, July 20, the second annual Global Day of Inclusion will rally the world to #ChooseToInclude, so all people are included and recognized for what they CAN do, instead of what they can’t


“Special Olympics has been a huge part of my life for over 12 years. I love the friendships I have found over the years through Special Olympics. I have a lot of great buddies. I can’t wait to see people enjoying my donut – I used red sprinkles for Canada.”

– Tori Ranson, Athlete, Special Olympics Ontario

“Community is at the heart of who we are as a brand at Tim Hortons. We’re proud of the role our restaurant owners play in communities and are thrilled to be working with an organization that shares our core value of inclusion. This year is our second year working with Special Olympics Canada to support Global Day of Inclusion and we hope that together we can inspire our guests to recognize the power of inclusion through sport and continue to foster communities where everyone is welcome.”

– Alex Macedo, President, Tim Hortons

“We are so grateful to have Tim Hortons supporting our young athlete daily sport programs and making a significant contribution to helping Special Olympics Canada lead the way for Global Day of Inclusion. We are excited to see Canadians demonstrating their belief in inclusion by visiting their local Tim Hortons on July 20 and purchasing a Special Olympics Donut.”

– Sharon Bollenbach, CEO Special Olympics Canada

Join the Day of Inclusion Conversation

Share a picture of your Special Olympics Donut on social with hashtag #ChooseToInclude and tagging @SpecialOCanada and @TimHortons for a chance to win. Solo posts have a chance to win a $50 TimCard and sports team posts have a chance to win a $100 TimCard.

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Tim Hortons is one of North America's largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of guest tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,800 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and around the world. More information about the company is available at


The Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating out of sport clubs in 12 Provincial and Territorial Chapters, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities.

From two-year-olds to mature adults, more than 47,500 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 22,000 volunteers, including more than 16,000 trained coaches. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @SpecialOCanada.