/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Trottibus Week launch/

As part of Physically Active Montreal, the Canadian Cancer Society invites children to walk to school!

MONTREAL, May 4, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ -

  • Some 15 elementary schools on the island of Montreal are participating in a Trial Trottibus Week in the spring of 2016.
  • The Canadian Cancer Society's Trottibus Walking School Bus is a pedestrian school bus that runs on a planned route with scheduled stops. Children walk in groups, accompanied by adult volunteers, usually parents or neighbours.
  • Only one in four children uses active transportation to go to school and hardly 5% of children in the country get enough physical exercise every day. This phenomenon is responsible for serious overweight and obesity problems across the country (nearly one in three Canadians suffers from excess weight or obesity) as well as an increased risk of developing cancer later in life. The Trottibus Walking School Bus is a way of encouraging students to get moving. 

 

WHAT:

Press conference to announce Trottibus Week. For a whole week, participating students and their families have the chance to try out active transportation to school and can then take it up for good. Elected leaders, dignitaries and participants in the project will have the chance to explain the importance of such a project.



WHEN:

Monday, May 9, 2016
from 7:28 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.



WHERE:

7:28 a.m.: corner of de l'Acadie Boulevard and Saint-Roch Street: Children and accompanying volunteers take the Trottibus Walking School Bus
7:45 a.m.: Barthélémy-Vimont School: press conference in the gymnasium, 630 Saint-Roch Street



WHO:

Speakers at the press conference:

  • Anie Samson, Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal and Mayor of the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough
  • Catherine Harel-Bourdon, President of the Commission scolaire de Montréal
  • Marie Péloquin, principal, and Ghislaine Paiement, social worker, Barthélémy-Vimont School
  • Nassima, an adult volunteer, Alice, an assistant volunteer and Kenza, a child registered for the Trottibus Walking School Bus
  • A representative of the Canadian Cancer Society

 

SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society, Quebec Division

For further information: RSVP and information: André Beaulieu, Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Communication, Canadian Cancer Society, Quebec Division, 514 217-8327, abeaulieu@quebec.cancer.ca

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