#EndKidsCancer One Step at a Time
OTTAWA, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. is calling on all
Ottawa-Gatineau residents to lace up for the third annual Sears Great
Canadian Run. On October 5, participants will embark on a
100-kilometre relay from Ottawa to Montebello to raise money for the
fight against childhood cancer. Proceeds raised from The Run will be
collected by the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and will be evenly
allocated between patient support at the Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario (CHEO), which includes programs and research in the hospital's
Oncology Department, and national pediatric oncology research
initiatives, such as the Sears Childhood Cancer Fellowship.
"It is inspiring to see an organization such as Sears give back to the
communities in which they serve, in such a meaningful way," said Fred
Bartlett, CHEO Foundation President and CEO. "We are very grateful for
Sears Canada's commitment to pediatric oncology research and
initiatives. The funds raised through events such as the Sears Great
Canadian Run allow CHEO to continue to provide the best care to our
patients and their families."
The Run is a fundraising event with two years of past success and over
$1.25 million raised for pediatric oncology initiatives. This year,
the fundraising goal is $1 million.
Each team, comprised of up to 20 people, will create an individual
strategy to best manage the 100-kilometre course. With legs varying in
distance from four to 12 kilometres, participants are able to run as
much or as little as they wish. Exchange points will provide
refreshments and activities to fuel and motivate, as runners "pass the
baton". A post-run celebration will be held near the finish line to
celebrate team successes and a journey well run.
"The Sears Canada Charitable Foundation supports a cause that is
important to our associates and customers across Canada, and through
events like the Run we are working to end childhood cancer," said Doug
Campbell, President and CEO, Sears Canada Inc. "The Sears Great
Canadian Run gives participants the opportunity to show the thousands
of families who are going through the most challenging of times that
they are not alone."
Participants can log on to www.TheRun.ca or call 1-855-70-WE-RUN (9-3786) to register. Personalized profiles
will be created, complete with fundraising tools and helpful hints for
teams to reach fundraising goals. Friends and families are encouraged
to gather along the route to cheer participants on. Team sponsorship
and general donations can be made at www.TheRun.ca website.
About the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation
The Sears Canada Charitable Foundation is a registered Canadian charity
that collects and distributes donations to charitable organizations
that support Sears Canada's community investment mandate, which is
focused on the healthy development of children and youth in areas of
both health and education. The health component is centered on raising
awareness and providing funds for research and treatment for the fight
against childhood cancer. The education component is centered on
after-school programs and initiatives, which enrich children's lives
and allow them to reach their full potential as contributing members of
SOURCE: Sears Canada Inc.
For further information:
Sears Great Canadian Run