BC Cancer Foundation News Release - Vancouver's high-tech community enters Canary Derby Soapbox Race through Gastown to drive research of early cancer detection



    Unique event to benefit BC Cancer Agency research launched at 15th annual
    Technology Impact Awards

    VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ - About 700 members of the province's most
prominent high-tech companies were challenged at the B.C. Technology Industry
Association's Technology Impact Awards (TIA) on June 12 to enter an
old-fashioned soapbox derby in support of cancer research in B.C. at the BC
Cancer Agency.
    Association CEO Pascal Spothelfer announced the first annual Vancouver
Canary Derby, benefiting the BC Cancer Agency, to be held Sunday September 21,
2008.
    "BCTIA is thrilled to be a partner in this event, which has been running
in Victoria for the last three years and is now coming to Vancouver,"
Spothelfer said. "This is a great opportunity for the Vancouver technology
community to join forces with the Canary Foundation and BC Cancer Foundation
to help support early detection of cancer research within B.C. We encourage
and challenge all of you to get involved, build a car, come out and have some
fun."
    Don Listwin, the founder of the Canary Foundation and a well-known
Silicon Valley veteran, was in Vancouver attending the TIA wards and promoting
the Vancouver Canary Derby, and will also attend the Victoria Canary Derby on
Saturday June 14th.
    "We are thrilled to bring the Canary Derby to Vancouver," said Listwin,
"It has been a very successful event in Victoria and now it's time for
Vancouver get into high gear. I challenge Vancouver high-tech CEO's to get
started now, building their cars and raising funds for early detection of
cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency."
    According to Canary Derby rules, corporate teams must design and build a
soapbox racecar, to be powered only by gravity, for under $1,500. Each
company's CEO will race it down Water Street in Vancouver's Gastown district,
finishing at the historic steam clock, with prizes for the top fundraisers and
the fastest race times.

    The Canary Derby is an initiative of the Canary Foundation, an
organization dedicated to funding early cancer detection and intervention. All
proceeds of the Vancouver Canary Derby will support early detection research
at the BC Cancer Agency, a world leader in cancer research and care.
    Information and registration and sponsorship opportunities are available
online at: www.canaryderby.com or by phoning the BC Cancer Foundation's
Special Events office, at 604-675-8243. Event sponsors include Fasken
Martineau, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Atomic Crayon, Webnames and Corporate
Recruiters. The Canary Derby is supported by Canary Foundation, BC Cancer
Foundation, Gastown Business Improvement Society and British Columbia
Technology Industry Association.

    The BC Cancer Foundation, established in 1935, raises funds to support
research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, throughout B.C.

    Canary Foundation, named after the "early detection" role canaries once
played in alerting coal miners of hazardous fumes, is the only American
non-profit exclusively devoted to the early detection of cancer.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Penny Noble, APR, BC Cancer
Foundation, T: (604) 707-5902, C: (604) 805-5637; Team registration contact:
Rebecca Kerbel, BC Cancer Foundation, T: (604) 675-8243, E-mail:
rkerbel@bccancer.bc.ca

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