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Toews Donates Shades to CNIB Auction

June 8, 2011 7:18 AM | News

Jonathan Toews donated a pair of his sunglasses to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind's charity auction. (CHRISD.CA FILE / HANDOUT)

There are only a few days left to bid on a pair of sunglasses formerly owned by NHL star Jonathan Toews.

The Winnipeg product donated his shades to the CNIB’s Shades of Fun, which raises funds to support CNIB services for people with vision loss, and encourages Canadians to protect their eyes from UV damage.

“The generosity and support we’ve received for this auction been truly amazing,” said Steve Lutz, VP of Fund Development for the CNIB. “We started by asking a few celebrities to donate their sunglasses and the word traveled fast.”

Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, is just one of many celebrities who donated a pair of their shades. Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau, Rachel McAdams and Wayne Gretzky are just a few of the names who donated items to the CNIB.

Bidding is open to all Canadians and will close at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, June 10. To place a bid and lock in your donation, visit CNIB.ca/auctions.