Company boosts its annual support of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay
For Life to almost $100,000
OTTAWA, May 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Every three minutes another Canadian is
faced with fighting cancer. Picture thousands of people - friends,
families, co-workers and cancer survivors - united together for one
night, for one common cause. This is what will be happening in June
when people in Ottawa, Kanata, Orléans and Nepean come together to
fight back against a disease that touches far too many people. This
year, the Society in Ottawa has received added support from Economical Insurance who has committed $25,000 in title sponsorships towards the charity's
four local Relay For Life events.
Relay For Life is a 12-hour overnight fundraiser that brings communities
together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Teams of 10 to 15 gather
with cancer survivors at the venues listed below and take turns walking
laps all night long. Each team keeps at least one member on the track
at all times, while all around them the party is in full swing. Teams
stay overnight in decorated tent cities, united in their celebration of
life with music, food, activities and entertainment.
This June, four Relay For Life events will be held in the Ottawa area:
Ottawa South: Country Hoedown. May 23, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m., Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm, Edwards
Ottawa Centre: Extreme Relay. June 6, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m., Nepean Sportsplex
Ottawa East: Relay Around the World. June 13, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m., Millennium Park, Orléans
Ottawa West: Corporate Challenge. June 13, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m., Walter Baker Park, Kanata.
"We are thankful for Economical Insurance's increased commitment to
Relay For Life," said Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society,
Ontario Division. "The support of corporate partners like Economical
helps us to raise money to fund life-saving cancer research, and to
offer support services which help local cancer patients and their
families, such as our Wheels of Hope transportation program which
helped 379 Ottawa residents get to cancer treatment last year."
Economical Insurance has been a proud Relay For Life sponsor since 2006.
With today's announcement, the company boosts its title sponsorship of
the Canadian Cancer Society's signature fundraiser to $94,500,
supporting 10 events in Ontario and Quebec.
"We are thrilled to have expanded our partnership with the Canadian
Cancer Society's Relay For Life to include all four events in the
Ottawa area this year," said Karen Gavan, Economical's president and
chief executive officer. "Relay for Life is not only vital to the fight
against cancer. It also raises hope that one day the leading cause of
premature death in Canada will be eradicated. From participating in the
Survivor's Victory Lap, to remembering those lost or battling cancer
through the Luminary Ceremony, to fundraising together, everyone who
takes part always leaves enriched with a sense of having actively
participated as a cancer fighter."
About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical Insurance is one of Canada's leading
property and casualty insurers, with $1.9 billion in annual premium
volume and $5.0 billion in assets as at March 31, 2014. Based in
Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated group services the insurance
needs of more than one million customers across the country. In 2010,
Economical announced its decision to become the first
federally-regulated mutual property and casualty insurance company to
pursue demutualization. Economical Insurance conducts business under
the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western
General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Family Insurance
Solutions, Federation Insurance and Economical Financial.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization
of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the
enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When
you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
SOURCE: Economical Insurance
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For more information or to book an interview opportunity, please contact:
Canadian Cancer Society
T: 613-723-1744 x 3616