Bone China Tea Raises $31,000



    OTTAWA, Nov. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Ottawa Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada is
pleased to announce that it has raised approximately $31,000 for the fight
against osteoporosis at its Bone China Tea.
    With the event theme of "Being Dense Can Be A Good Thing", newly
re-elected Minister Jim Watson, Minister of Municipalities and Housing spoke
to attendees about new programs to encourage children to be active - a key
lifestyle choice to help build strong bones.
    Emcee and host of CBC RadioOne's popular noon show "Ontario Today,"
Rita Celli, entertained while Keynote speaker Dr. Elaine Jolly, Medical
Director of the Shirley E. Greenberg Women's Health Center, shared her wealth
of experience. Also in attendance were Maureen McTeer and other local
government representatives.
    More than 400 guests took part in the tea held on Sunday, November 4 at
the Tudor Hall in Ottawa and organized by the Ottawa Chapter.
    "This is an incredibly important event for the Chapter," said Chapter
Chair and osteoporosis sufferer, Christine Thomas. "The funds we raise from
this event help us to continue our educational and advocacy programs. And as I
discovered firsthand after my fractures, osteoporosis causes bone tissue to
deteriorate, leading to fragile bones. If it weren't for this organization, I
wouldn't have known where to turn."
    Local supporters of the tea included the Retirement Residences Group,
Rogers Television, Eli Lilly, Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Zelos Therapeutics Inc.,
Actonel Alliance, the Ottawa SUN, CNW Group and AlaVida Lifstyles.
    For more information on Osteoporosis, or the Ottawa Chapter of
Osteoporosis Canada please contact the Ottawa Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada
at 613-729-8489 or ottawa@osteoporosis.ca.

    About Osteoporosis Canada

    Osteoporosis Canada, a registered charity, is the only national
organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The
organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities
in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis by providing medically
accurate information to patients, health professionals and the public.
    1.4 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis. One in four women and at
least one in eight men over the age of 50 has osteoporosis. However, the
disease can strike at any age. The cost of treating osteoporosis and the
fractures it causes is estimated to be $1.3 billion each year in Canada alone.
Long term, hospital and chronic care account for the majority of these costs.
    A national voluntary Board of Directors governs the organization. A
53-member Scientific Advisory Council made up of medical and scientific
experts from across the country provides guidance in all medical matters. For
more information visit the Osteoporosis Canada website at www.osetoporosis.ca.




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For further information: Kate Murchison, Chair Communications, Office:
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