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The Robbie Donates to Cystic Fibrosis Canada

As a participant in The Robbie, you can be proud to participate in the world’s largest annual charitable youth soccer tournament. For over 50 years, The Robbie has donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada to support life-saving research and care for those living with CF.

In 1967, a group of soccer enthusiasts met in John Wimbs’ Scarborough, Ontario, living room to organize a small soccer tournament. From upstairs they heard three-year old Robbie receiving treatment for cystic fibrosis. In that moment, the organizers decided to dedicate their tournament not just to soccer, but to fighting cystic fibrosis. The Robbie was born.

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure, yet. Funds raised through The Robbie support life-saving cystic fibrosis research and care.

When Robbie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in the 1960s, he was not expected to live long enough to attend kindergarten. Thanks to The Robbie, Canadians with cystic fibrosis are now living longer, healthier lives than ever before, but CF is still ultimately fatal. In 2014, the predicted median age of survival for Canadians with cystic fibrosis is among the highest in the world, at 51.8 years of age. Without fundraising events like The Robbie, this would not be possible.

Robbie Wimbs lived with cystic fibrosis until he was 33, he lives on in the tournament he inspired.

See here how your team can raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and EARN A REBATE on your entry fees.


The Robbie is proud to support…

“Dwayne De Rosario, Honorary Robbie Chair, and Mike Ellis, Robbie Chair, present $50,000 donation to Jeff Beach, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Ontario Regional Director at BMO Field during Toronto FC game.” NOTE: Photo credit: Les Jones.