RONA Memory Walk: An unforgettable celebration in the Old Port of Montreal



    MONTREAL, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - It is on the Quays of the Old Port of
Montreal that will take place the third RONA Memory Walk, on Sunday May 31st.
Hundreds of walkers are expected on a symbolic pathway of 5 km, followed by a
grand picnic on the grass. Musicians, ventriloquist and circus artists will be
present to entertain the walkers during this unforgettable family event!
    Helen Fotopulos, Mayor of Plateau Mont-Royal borough, will act again this
year as the Honorary President of the event in Montreal. "Alzheimer's disease
does not affect only the elderly: it strikes without regard for socio-cultural
class or ethnic origin", says Mrs. Fotopulos, whose mother passed away after
struggling with Alzheimer's disease. This statement depicts a troubling
reality, considering that over 30,000 families in Montreal are touched by
Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. Helen Fotopulos encourages the
population of Montreal to speak about it loudly and clearly!

    Old Port of Montreal: "Guardian of Memory"

    Mrs. Marguerite Blais, Minister responsible for seniors, as well as the
Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Gérald Tremblay, will support the event again this
year.
    For a second consecutive year, the Quays of the Old Port and the City of
Montreal offer their support to the Alzheimer Society of Montreal for the
organisation of this event. "The Old Port of Montreal is full of memories for
several people. This site represents a footprint, and one of the guardians of
the collective memory of Montreal", says Mr. Gérald Hubert, Executive Director
of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal.
    As a demonstration of support towards the 120,000 people living with the
disease in Quebec, it is the whole province that will vibrate under the steps
of thousands of walkers gathering for the occasion. In total, 21 Alzheimer
Societies call the province residents to solidarity on a total of 35 Walk
sites. The objective of this fundraising event is to raise 2,000,000$ in order
to improve the services offered by the regional Alzheimer societies, which
includes the Alzheimer Society of Montreal.

    Unique Initiatives

    Apart from the Old Port gathering, some companies on the Island of
Montreal have decided to organise fundraising events in their own milieu. It
is the case of RONA l'Entrepôt Galeries d'Anjou and Côte-Vertu stores, as well
as Réno-Dépôt Marché Central, held a few "1$-at-the-cash" days benefiting the
Alzheimer Society of Montreal.

    The Alzheimer Society of Montreal

    Since 1981, the Alzheimer Society of Montréal works to alleviate the
social and personal consequences of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders,
as well as to promote research into their causes and cure.




For further information:

For further information: and interview requests: Amélie Giguère,
Communication Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Montreal, (514) 369-0800 ext.
257, C: (514) 516-6987, agiguere@alzheimermontreal.ca;
www.alzheimermontreal.ca; Source: Alzheimer Society of Montreal

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