As part of the SSQ Quebec City Marathon - SSQ Financial Group raises over $50,000 for Laura Lémerveil

QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Due to the drive and dedication of its employees and partners, SSQ Financial Group is proud to have raised over $50,000 for Laura Lémerveil, an organization that assists the families of disabled children between the ages of 4 and 21 by providing relief child care and resourcing activities.  Laura Lémerveil believes that disabled children are also entitled to achievement and socialization. Despite their severe disabilities, the children can find fulfillment while enjoying life and having fun. All they really need is a setting, some attention and love. By supporting Laura Lémerveil, SSQ Financial Group is contributing to improving the quality of life of young children in the Quebec City area, a social concern that is a driving force behind its mutualist values.

The SSQ Health 5K held last August 25 was the high point of the fundraiser. It was a wonderful moment—high on emotion and a strong feeling of solidarity—when SSQ Financial Group's Chairman of the Board Mr. Pierre Genest and Chief Executive Officer Mr. René Hamel relayed ten Laura Lémerveil children along the course. "Despite the heat, the children showed courage and determination. For them it was an exceptional experience that they would otherwise rarely have the opportunity to enjoy. Over 200 people, employees and family members were on hand to accompany the children on their challenge," said Mr. Hamel.

Adding to the contribution made by SSQ Financial Group to Laura Lémerveil is a pledge by the SSQ Quebec City Marathon, the amount of which will be announced in the coming weeks. Since 2006, SSQ Financial Group has been the title sponsor of the SSQ Quebec City Marathon and official presenter of the Marathon's Health 5K events. Over these last seven years of participation, SSQ has raised $380,000 for various organizations in the Quebec City area.

Image with caption: "With the children, Pierre Genest President of SSQ Financial Group, Sandra Lambert, founder of Laura Lémerveil and Mr. René Hamel, CEO (CNW Group/SSQ FINANCIAL GROUP)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120901_C3217_PHOTO_EN_17433.jpg

SOURCE: SSQ FINANCIAL GROUP

For further information:

Press relations:
Marie Lamontagne 
1-418-652-2764
marie.lamontagne@ssq.ca


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