MONTREAL, July 4, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - A festive and euphoric atmosphere
reigned as the riders in the 19th edition of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau reached their destination
after cycling close to 1,600 kilometres throughout Quebec in the shared
hope of bringing an end to forms of cancer affecting children. Spirits
were running high as the Tour's six spokespersons - Pierre Bruneau,
Paul Doucet, Pierre Jobin, Ève Landry, Julie Marcoux and Luce Dufault -
and 200 or so cyclists celebrated the event's great success: the sum of
more than $2,850,000 was raised, and the proceeds will go toward
financing projects in the area of pediatric oncology.
Families, friends and colleagues gathered at Parc de la Mairie in
Boucherville to welcome home the cyclists. It was an emotional moment
for the six young heroes of this 19th edition: Émilie, Laurianne, Arianne, Adam, Mathieu and Félix-Antoine
were overwhelmed by the wave of support and encouragement.
"It's always so touching and inspiring to see all these cyclists brave
the elements and the winding roads of Quebec for the cause. Some come
back year after year, while others are taking part for the first time;
but collectively we feel an indescribable sense of pride and
accomplishment when we see that we've made it," said an emotional
Pierre Bruneau, founder of the Fondation Centre de cancérologie
Charles-Bruneau and one of the cyclists in the Tour's four-day trek.
"Above and beyond our desire to meet our financial objective, we draw
our motivation, with each kilometre, from the courage and hope that
glimmers in the eyes of these children. These children inspire us and
incite us to surpass our limitations."
The four-day trek got underway in Rimouski on July 1, 2014, as 32
cyclists set out to ride close to 700 kilometres through Montmagny,
Victoriaville and St-Hyacinthe, where an extra 100 cyclists joined them
for the final leg of the Tour. Quebec City, Sherbrooke and (for the
first time) Gatineau also served as points of departure for the three
separate two-day treks presented as part of the Tour CIBC
Again this year, the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
benefitted from the invaluable support of the CIBC. For Sylvain Vinet,
Senior Vice-President, Retail Markets, Eastern Canada, CIBC, the
association is a natural one.
"I'm extremely proud of the CIBC employees who worked hard to collect
funds for children with cancer and their families," said Mr. Vinet. "I
would like to thank all those who contributed to the event's success:
our CIBC employees, clients and partners, and the organizers, without
whom none of this would have been possible. Each year, the CIBC's
commitment to the cause grows stronger, and it has helped to make this
fundraising event one of the largest in Quebec. The CIBC's employees,
clients and partners are pleased to remit the sum of $700,000 to the
Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. More than $3.9M has been remitted to the
cause of children with cancer since 2006 and we're extremely thankful."
The Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau wishes to thank all
its sponsors-partners as well as the volunteers and other stakeholders
who played a part, directly or indirectly, in the great success of this
19th edition of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau.
To relive the highlights from the 19th edition
The public is invited to view the video capsules and photos posted on
the Fondation's website as well as its Facebook, Twitter #TourCIBCCharlesBruneau and YouTube platforms.
About the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau
The Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau is one of the largest fundraising events
in Quebec. Thanks to its partners and the commitment of its many
participants, the event has generated close to $15 million since 1995.
For complete details, please go to charlesbruneau.qc.ca/tour-cibc
About the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
Since 1990, the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau has had
a mission to give all children with cancer the best chances of recovery
by financing research and supporting the development of projects in the
area of pediatric oncology. To find out more, please visit charlesbruneau.qc.ca
To make a donation
Members of the public can also show their support for children with
cancer by making a donation. Please call 1 877 256-0404 or visit charlesbruneau.qc.ca/tour-cibc
SOURCE: Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
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