20th Annual Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart Raises $2.7 Million for The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario



    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Today, on the 20th anniversary of the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Ontario's Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart, more than
12,000 cyclists and in-line skaters raised $2.7 million. This outstanding show
of support will help the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario continue to be
one of Canada's largest funders of heart and stroke research: hundreds of
hospital- and university-based research teams depend on the Foundation year
after year. (The 2006 total raised was a record $2.1 million in Ontario and
Alberta, with 12,000 cyclists and in-line skaters participating.)
    The on-site spokespeople for the Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart will
be two survivor cyclists -54-year-old Candace Allman, who has survived a
stroke, and 45-year-old Linda Lewis-Daly, who suffered a heart attack. The
medical spokesperson for the Ride for Heart, Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, will also be
available for interviews. Representing the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Ontario will be CEO, Rocco Rossi; Elissa Freeman, Director of Public Relations
and Public Affairs; and Sharon Edwards, Senior Associate Manager, Public
Relations and Public Affairs.
    This year, nine-year-old Amanda Belzowski has raised close to $21,000
with her lemonade stand, on-line through her website and from local
businesses. She presented a super-size cheque to CEO Rocco Rossi. Encouraged
by Donald Trump, young Amanda, has been thinking Big. She will continue to
collect pledges beyond June 3, and is hoping to achieve the ambitious goal of
$100,000 in the next three to five years. Amanda will be on-site with her
family and will be available for interviews.
    The Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart is the country's most successful
one-day charity cycling event in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Ontario. The funds raised by the Ride for Heart support breakthrough medical
advancements, social change and health education. The Heart and Stroke
Foundation leads the way in protecting the health of the millions of Canadians
who are at risk of developing some form of heart disease or stroke over their
lifetime.

    
                                   Sponsors
                                   --------

     The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledges
        the following companies for their generous sponsorship of the
                   2007 Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart:

                           National Title Sponsor
                                    Becel

                             Corporate Sponsors
                        Desjardins Financial Security
                  Mackenzie Financial Charitable Foundation
                                 smart Canada
                           Nordica Cottage Cheese
                               Goodlife Fitness

                           Official Media Sponsors
                                 NOW magazine
                                Metro Toronto

                             Official Suppliers
                             BioBake Health Sense
                               Exhibition Place
                                   Danone
                Rose Reisman Catering: The ART of Eating Well
                                     Dole
                                   Shimano
    

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For further information:

For further information: on the 20th Annual Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for
Heart and to set up an interview today - Sunday, June 3 - with the on-site
spokespeople, please call: Diane Hargrave and Donna Nopper, (416) 467-9954

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