Launch of the 19th Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau

Launch of the 19th Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. From left to right : Paul Doucet, Émilie Dagenais, Luce Dufault, Ève Landry, Julie Marcoux, Pierre Jobin, Félix-Antoine Brodeur, Alexandre Dubé, Pierre Bruneau, Sylvain Vinet. (CNW Group/Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau)

1,600 km throughout Quebec in support of children with cancer

MONTREAL, May 30, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The 19th edition of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau was officially launched this morning. The event, which runs from July 1 to 4, 2014, will see close to 230 cyclists travel some 1,600 kilometres in support of the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, which comes to the aid of children with cancer all across Quebec. For the first time, the cyclists taking part in the Tour will be divided into five different itineraries departing, respectively, from Rimouski (4-day itinerary), Quebec City (2-day itinerary), Sherbrooke (2-day itinerary), Gatineau (new 2-day itinerary) and St-Hyacinthe (Ambassador's Day). All the cyclists will come together in Boucherville on the afternoon of July 4. This year's objective is to surpass the sum of $2,750,000 collected last year.

For the first time, actor Paul Doucet will join Pierre Bruneau to lead the field of riders taking part in the 4-day, 650-kilometre trek from Rimouski to Boucherville. TVA Québec news anchor Pierre Jobin, meanwhile, will depart on July 3 and cycle a distance of 300 kilometres from Quebec City to Montreal. In addition, some new faces will be joining the Tour this year as spokespersons. LCN news director Julie Marcoux and actor Ève Landry will lead the field of riders taking part in the Sherbrooke itinerary, while singer Luce Dufault agreed to act as spokesperson for the new itinerary departing from Gatineau.

"With the addition of a new itinerary, and more importantly with Julie, Ève and Luce joining our great team, the future is definitely bright for the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau," said Pierre Bruneau, spokesperson for the Fondation and news anchor with the TVA network. "Thanks to our cyclists, who literally surpass themselves every year for children with cancer, the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau has become one of the largest activities of its kind in Quebec. Each of these cyclists is truly an inspiration for these children."

"At CIBC, we want to help give children a chance to live a life free from cancer," says Sylvain Vinet, CIBC Region Head, Eastern Canada. "That is why we are especially proud to mark our ninth year as title sponsor of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau, which is helping to ensure that kids with cancer have access to the best treatment and research available. Across Quebec, CIBC riders and employees are looking forward to raising funds to meet this year's goal and to support the outstanding work of the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau."

About the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau
The Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau is well on its way to becoming one of the largest fundraising events in Quebec. Thanks to its major partners and to the dedication of its many participants, the event has generated close to $13 million in proceeds since 1995. For complete details, please go to charlesbruneau.qc.ca/tour-cibc

About the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
Since 1990, the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau has had a mission to give all children with cancer the best chances of recovery by financing research and supporting the development of projects in the area of pediatric oncology. To further information, please go to charlesbruneau.qc.ca

To follow the cyclists during the Tour
The public is invited to follow the cyclists on the Fondation's Facebook, Twitter #tourcibccharlesbruneau and YouTube platforms. Video capsules, photos and daily updates will be posted for the duration of the event.

To make a donation
The public is also invited to show its support for children with cancer by encouraging the cyclists with a donation. To donate, dial 1 877 256-0404 or visit charlesbruneau.qc.ca/tour-cibc

SOURCE Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau

Image with caption: "Launch of the 19th Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. From left to right : Paul Doucet, Émilie Dagenais, Luce Dufault, Ève Landry, Julie Marcoux, Pierre Jobin, Félix-Antoine Brodeur, Alexandre Dubé, Pierre Bruneau, Sylvain Vinet. (CNW Group/Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140530_C7603_PHOTO_EN_40927.jpg

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