An Initiative From Private Schools Network of Greater Montreal Raises $1,113,156 for the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation

33,114 Students Take Part in the Défi-Jeunesse 1km pour Sainte-Justine

MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - This fall, 33,114 students from 42 private schools of Greater Montreal took part in the Défi-Jeunesse 1km pour Sainte-Justine. Together, these elementary and secondary school children covered a combined distance of 153,765 km - more than three times around the globe - and raised $1,113,156 for sick kids, largely surpassing their $750,000 objective.

The money raised will allow the Sainte-Justine UHC to acquire a state-of-the-art virtual assistant for operating rooms. This virtual anesthesia monitor is a bit like a doctor's right-hand man. "During surgery, the machine provides precise, reliable real-time updates of the patient's vital signs (i.e. pulse, pressure, breathing, heart rate) and many other key variables, helping surgeons make quick and efficient decisions," explains Dr. Fabrice Brunet, Chief Executive Officer of the Sainte-Justine UHC.

The Défi-Jeunesse 1km pour Sainte-Justine reflects the commitment of a caring and compassionate younger generation. "Beyond the financial contribution, this involvement by young people reflects our mandate to raise altruistic, committed and responsible citizens," says Claude Potvin, Executive Director of Académie Lafontaine and a representative of the private schools network of Greater Montreal. "The massive participation of our students is an unequivocal expression of their belief in this cause and their confidence in their ability to change things."

"The Défi-Jeunesse 1km pour Sainte-Justine is a vibrant example of solidarity among young people," adds Pierre Boivin, Chairman of the Board of the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation. "Acts of generosity such as these nourish hope in all of us that Sainte-Justine will keep living up to its promise of providing the finest care in the world."

About the Défi-Jeunesse 1km pour Sainte-Justine
The Défi-Jeunesse 1km pour Sainte-Justine was initiated in 2008 by young students at Académie Lafontaine. They decided to organize a race to benefit the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation in support of their friend and classmate Étienne Eysseric, who had successfully fought cancer. The event raised over $100,000 in 2009, and in 2010, ten additional schools came on board, ready to take on the challenge. The event snowballed in 2011, with 33,114 students from 42 private schools of Greater Montreal coming together for the biggest gathering ever held on behalf of Sainte-Justine's kids.

About the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation
The mandate of the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation is to mobilise the community in support of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre and its mission of excellence. To achieve this goal, the Foundation offers the essential support required for Sainte-Justine to keep providing the children and mothers of today and tomorrow with specialized and highly specialized care, thus contributing to ensure a level of health that remains among the best in the world.

Image with caption: "The Defi-Jeunesse 1km pour Sainte-Justine, an initiative of the private schools network of Greater Montreal comes to an end with the raising of the incredible amount of $1 113 156 (CNW Group/SAINTE-JUSTINE UHC FOUNDATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111103_C2102_PHOTO_EN_6129.jpg

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Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation
Ms. Diane Fabi
514 232-1133
diane.fabi.hsj@ssss.gouv.qc.ca
AGC Communications
Mr. Gwénaël Brisé
514 849-7000, ext. 222
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