Note: Media who would like to attend the kick-off events for the
Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles should go to the Wal-Mart store located
at 5400 Jean-Talon W. in Montreal at 10 a.m. on April 3, 2007.
LAVAL, QC, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Wal-Mart today announced that the
second Montreal edition of "The Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles" in support of
Opération Enfant Soleil, a member of the Children's Miracle Network, will take
place on Sunday, June 10 in Angrignon Park.
The annual fundraiser takes place simultaneously in cities across Canada.
Last year, this Wal-Mart initiative, which first took place four years ago in
Toronto, raised $5.7 million for the Children's Miracle Network. This year,
the target has been set at $7 million and 12 cities will be participating:
St. John's, Newfoundland; Halifax; Montreal; Ottawa; London; Hamilton;
Toronto; Winnipeg; Saskatoon; Calgary; and Vancouver.
The Montreal event, under the honorary patronage of Canadian race-car
driver Andrew Ranger, expects to raise $500,000 for Opération Enfant Soleil,
which is collecting funds to support the development of quality pediatric care
for every child in Quebec.
"We're excited that Montreal is taking part in this show of support for
sick children," said Chantal Glenisson, Vice-President of Operations for
Wal-Mart Quebec. "We really take this cause to heart and it's a joy to see
that this event, which is one of the great achievements of our community
relations program, has grown to such an extent."
"Wal-Mart has been a long-time partner and we're thrilled to be the
recipients of this great initiative," added Dominic Loporcaro, director of the
Montreal office of the Children's Miracle Network. "We invite all Montrealers
to participate in the Walk for Miracles, which we hope will become a popular
In addition to being a major source of funding for the Children's Miracle
Network, the Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles is first and foremost a friendly
family activity. In Montreal, there will be two itineraries, so that even the
youngest family members can participate: one route is 1 km long and the other,
There is all sorts of entertainment on the program so that the walk is
part of a fun, leisurely day. It all takes place in beautiful Angrignon Park,
starting at 8:00 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. departure.
"I'm very happy to be the honorary patron for this event because of my
admiration for the children, who despite illness and disease, live life to its
fullest," said Andre Ranger, who has been involved with the Children's Miracle
Network for several years.
All Montrealers are invited to contribute, whether by participating in
the walk, by sponsoring participants or a team or by making a donation. To
enrol on-line or to get complete information about the event, go to
About Opération Enfant Soleil
Opération Enfant Soleil is a non-profit organization supported by
thousands of volunteers, collaborators, partners and individuals who collect
funds to assist sick children in the province of Quebec through pediatric
centres and related organizations. The funds help to provide advanced medical
care and contribute to improving the physical, mental and social quality of
life of sick children. Opération Enfant Soleil is a member of the Children's
Miracle Network, whose mission is to contribute to the funding of
170 hospitals in North America, including 12 in Canada.
About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates one of the strongest community involvement programs in Canada
under the Wal-Mart "Good Works" banner. Each week, Wal-Mart Canada donates
more than $290,000 to Canadian charities and last year contributed close to
$15 million to causes across Canada. Over the past 11 years, the company has
contributed more than $50 million to Canadian charities and organizations in
For further information:
For further information: Yanik Deschênes, Director of Communications,
Wal-Mart Quebec, (514) 206-4619