Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart reaches goal as riders, walkers raise $200,000 for cardiac care in Waterloo Region



    WATERLOO, ON, June 3 /CNW/ - More than 1,200 cyclists, walkers and
volunteers took part in the 15th annual Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart today
and helped raise $200,000 for St. Mary's Regional Cardiac Care Centre in
Kitchener. In its 15-year history, the event has raised more than $2 million
for heart health in Waterloo Region.
    "We met our goal today," said Paul Rooney, President and CEO, Manulife
Canada. "Everyone who helped in this achievement should be very proud of their
efforts. The Bike and Hike is a great way for all of us to support healthy
hearts and lifestyles and contribute to a world-class cardiac care centre. We
can have fun, exercise and help ensure our community's long-term health."
    "We greatly appreciate the community's overwhelming support for heart
health and the cardiac centre," added Moira Taylor, president of St. Mary's
General Hospital. "This event has yet again set a high standard in helping our
cardiac care centre continue to provide world-class care."
    Sunday morning's events began with breakfast for Corporate Challenge
Teams - teams of cyclists and walkers from local businesses and organizations
that turned out in record numbers.
    This year, the event also included "Hearts in Motion", a team made up of
more than 150 current and past patients of St. Mary's Cardiac Rehabilitation
Centre and their families. Clad in distinctive red shirts, the team
participated in the three-kilometre walk to support the facility that helped
them or their loved ones recover. The Hearts in Motion team was sponsored by
Agfa HealthCare.
    At 9 a.m., wheels began rolling as cyclists set off on 15- and 25-km
tours through the streets of Waterloo. Walkers strolled along three-, five-
and eight-kilometre courses.
    Donations for the 2007 Bike and Hike support St. Mary's Regional Cardiac
Care Centre, which provides cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery,
angioplasty, cardiac care clinics and cardiac rehabilitation. The program,
serving 500,000 residents in the Waterloo Region and surrounding area, offers
diagnostics, intensive care and inpatient cardiac care in a full-service
program.

    
    Results for the 2007 Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart:
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    Total donations: Organizers expect total donations for this year's event
    to reach $200,000.

    Participation Award
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    Agfa HealthCare received a Participation Award for having
    140 participants at the event.

    Corporate Challenge Results
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    Winner of the Corporate Challenge "Golden Wheel Award" for the corporate
    team raising the largest amount of donations per person:

        Gold - Manulife Financial Canadian Division Finance
        Silver - St. Mary's General Hospital Cardiac Program
        Bronze - Team Bauer
    





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For further information: Media contact: Tom Nunn, Manulife Financial,
Tel: (519) 594-8578, Cell: (519) 580-9517


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