MONTREAL, April 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Where will you be on May 1? Jonathan
Wener, Chairman and Founder of Canderel Management inc., has thrown the
gauntlet to Montreal's journalists, volunteering to sponsor any media teams
who wish to participate in the Defi Canderel.
"I am issuing a challenge to Montreal's journalists," says Wener. "By
participating, media can directly contribute to cancer research and can do it
on my dime. To me, the $2,000.00 is well worth the increased awareness this
will bring to the Defi. It is my hope that this opportunity will be a major
draw and that media from across the city will respond."
Wener established the Défi Canderel in 1989 after learning from doctors
that his wife Susan had been diagnosed with colon cancer. Determined to
expedite her treatment and recovery, Wener approached her physicians to find
out if there was any way he could help. Her Doctors explained to Wener that
they were already doing everything possible, but that he could improve the
lives of countless others by making a donation to fund cancer research at the
Rather than simply making a donation, Wener began working on an idea to
create a large-scale corporate fundraiser that would have an impact far
greater than he could achieve alone. His idea was to create an event where
Montreal's top companies could compete against one another to raise money, and
in 1990, Wener's 'corporate challenge' to businesses throughout Montreal, the
Défi Canderel, was born. Over the years the Défi has grown in size and
participation as Wener has used his growing influence in Montreal's business
community to get buy-in from some of the city's largest and most recognized
About Défi Canderel
Since 1989, Canderel has been organizing one of Montreal's biggest
fund-raisers. In that time, close to 6 million dollars has been raised for
cancer research at the Goodman Cancer Centre at McGill University and the
Institut du cancer de Montréal at l'Université de Montréal. This money has
yielded tangible, measurable results. Specialized equipment, research grants
and much more has been made possible, and the universities involved take pride
each year in revealing what the money raised was used for.
Note to Media:
Prior to the run advance interviews can be arranged with Défi Canderel
Chairman Jonathan Wener and his wife Susan, as well as representatives from
the Goodman Cancer Centre and the Institut du cancer de Montréal.
Many thanks to our sponsors - Great West Life, Stikeman Elliott, Reliance
Construction, Mansfield Athletic Club, Zenergy Communications and CNW Telbec.
For further information:
For further information: Rob Jeanveau, Zenergy Communications, (514)