Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart surpasses goal as riders, walkers raise $225,000 for cardiac care in Waterloo Region



    WATERLOO, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - More than 1,200 cyclists, walkers and
volunteers took part in the 16th annual Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart today
to support local heart health. Organizers continue to tally donations, which
are expected to reach $225,000 for St. Mary's Regional Cardiac Care Centre in
Kitchener.
    Including today's results, the event has raised more than $2.7 million
for heart health in Waterloo Region since it was first launched in 1993.
    "It's been a great day," said Paul Rooney, President and CEO, Manulife
Canada. "We're proud of everyone - the cyclists, walkers, volunteers and
donors - who helped to reach our goal. 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.
    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 2008 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 2008 Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart:
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    Total donations: Organizers expect total donations for this year's event
    to reach $225,000.

    Participation Award
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    Agfa HealthCare received a Participation Award for having 100
    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 - Team Bauer, from Bauer Industries
        Silver - Canadian Division Achievers, Manulife Financial
        Bronze - St. Mary's One, from St. Mary's General Hospital
    





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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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