Metro acts as major sponsor of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie



    The company will host a massive picnic at the Olympic Stadium for 5,000
    students

    MONTREAL, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Metro is proud to be the major sponsor
of the first Grand défi Pierre Lavoie (GDPL). The event, a 1, 000 km course
between La Baie and Montréal from June 12 to 14, will conclude today with a
major rally involving 5,000 students and 1,000 supervisors and will focus on
the theme "Get up and move!" Metro will host a massive picnic at the Olympic
Stadium, as well as provide dinner, evening snacks and breakfast the next day.
    Through its role as major sponsor, Metro is associated with the "Eat
better" component of the GDPL. From June 12 to 14, Metro will refuel cyclists
with healthy foods throughout the 1,000 km course.
    The GDPL promotes physical activity and healthier eating habits. The
event aims to encourage a healthy lifestyle by highlighting the importance of
physical activity and good nutrition among children and, by ripple effect,
their parents.
    "It's only natural that we be involved in such a cause," explains Eric R.
La Flèche, President and CEO, Metro Inc. "The Be active, Eat better" theme is
perfectly aligned with our values and our mission to offer Quebecers healthy
food choices, particularly children aged six to 12."
    Metro's province-wide retail network will help raise the cause's profile.
Since May, Metro's 223 stores in Quebec have invited their clients to
purchase, for only $1, a lunchbox that children will enjoy putting together
like a puzzle. Coupons, which can be applied to the in-store purchase of
various foods that make up a healthy lunch, will also be handed out. All
profits from the sale of lunchboxes will benefit the GDPL. The sales of the
lunchbox will continue until June 17.

    Did you know...

    - 6 000 shepherd's pie in individual portions will be cooked;
    - 12 000 sandwiches will be prepared;
    - 6 000 Tropical Fiesta Selection popsicles will be distributed;
    - And 850 kilos of ground beef used.

    About the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie

    In November 2008, the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie hit the road in Quebec
with a sizeable goal: to create the largest health event ever organized in
this province. This unique event, an initiative of the non-profit organization
Go le Grand défi, brings people together in the aim of developing healthy
lifestyles among children aged six to 12 and, by ripple effect, their parents.
From now until June 2009, the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie plans to call on every
elementary school in the province's 17 administrative regions to encourage
children to be more active and eat better.

    Metro inc.

    With annual sales of nearly $11 billion and over 65,000 employees, Metro
Inc. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Quebec and Ontario,
where it operates a network of close to 600 food stores under several banners
including Metro, Metro Plus, A&P, Loeb, Super C and Food Basics, as well as
over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Clini Plus, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics
banners.




For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Bacon, Director, Corporate
Affairs,  Metro inc., (514) 643-1086, mbacon@metro.ca


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