Finish of the 13th Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau - Fundraising goal exceeded: $700,000 raised for children with cancer



    MONTREAL, July 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The 25 cyclists of the 13th Tour CIBC
Charles-Bruneau, having pedalled some 600 km over the four last days, arrived
at the Montreal's city hall today, accompanied by the 20 ambassadeurs who had
been escorting them on bike since Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The fruits of
their great show of solidarity: $700,000 of funds raised for the Fondation
Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau for the benefit of children with
cancer.
    According to Pierre Bruneau, spokesperson of the Fondation Centre de
cancérologie Charles-Bruneau: "The sum raised constitutes a 40% increase
compared to last year. That's concrete proof that the solidarity of the
business community and the population can make a difference. However, the
results of the 13th Tour are not just a matter of money; they are also
concrete expressions of great courage by the children and the participants."
    The finish ceremony at the city hall, attended by Mayor of Montreal,
Mr Gérald Tremblay, was filled with emotion as the cyclists--all volunteers
and bike enthusiasts--were welcomed by many of the children with whom they had
been paired. The participants of the 13th Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau, having
braved inclement weather and having reached their physical limits, can now
truly identify with this year's theme: Solidarity. Courage. Hope.
    Since July 7, the cyclists have covered 600 km, leading them from
Montreal to Drummondville, over Sherbrooke and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Throughout the route, they carried on their heart the photo of a sick child,
reminding them of the importance to continue the battle against cancer.
    For the spokesperson of the Tour 2008, Delson Lafrenière, the mission is
accomplished: "We had a determined team and our goal was not only reached but
exceeded. That gives us a lot of hope."
    Sylvain Vinet, Senior Vice-President, Retail Distribution, Eastern
Canada, CIBC, for his part, remarked that "We are proud of the amount raised.
The numbers speak for themselves: they demonstrate the determination and
solidarity of the people involved and allow the children with cancer and their
families to maintain hope. The Fondation will be able to pursue its mission of
supporting the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau and its researchers,"

    About the Fondation

    Established in 1990, the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
is a non-profit agency. Its mission is to give children with cancer the best
chances of recovery by supporting research and financing the creation and
continued development of the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau of the CHU
Sainte-Justine. The Fondation believes that children have a right to receive
the best care available so they can all say one day: "When I grow up, I will
be cured!" For complete information, visit the website at
www.charlesbruneau.qc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Véronique Arsenault, Morin Public Relations,
(514) 289-8688, ext. 227, Cell.: (514) 923-9371, veronique@morinrp.com;
Source: Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau

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