A team from The Children's ventures to extreme heights in support of young patients

Twelve individuals will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for children's health care

MONTREAL, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, January 17 sees the launch of the very first edition of Kilimanjaro for The Children's, as 12 intrepid individuals leave for Tanzania, where they will undertake to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. This one-of-a-kind initiative will take place from January 17 to 31, and the donations collected will enable The Children's to provide sick children and their families with leading-edge resources and services.

A part of the One million kilometres, one million dollars campaign, the Kilimanjaro climb demands months of training, as 20% of those who attempt it do not succeed. Above all, it takes a healthy dose of courage, much like that shown by the children who will benefit from the effort. "We will be thinking of the children throughout the adventure," says Dr. Sharon Abish, an oncologist at The Montreal Children's Hospital and a member of the climbing team. "I know that I'll have my young patients in mind the entire time. They are the driving force behind this exciting challenge. We also hope to inspire others to excel as they take on their own challenge, whatever it may be, while assisting children with illnesses."

To date, over $250,000 has been raised by the participants, which is more than four times their initial objective of $55,000. It is still possible to support the expedition financially and in doing so help sick children by making a donation on www.kilipourlechildren.com or by posting a message of encouragement on the blog.

You can follow the progress of the Kilimanjaro for The Children's climb online, as photos, videos, and audio messages will be posted daily on www.kilipourlechildren.com, on the Foundation's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lechildren, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mtlchildrens. Everyone is invited to add messages of encouragement to the blog to show their support for the expedition and the children it is benefiting.

SOURCE McGill University Health Centre

For further information:

Media relations:
Julie Gagnon
514-713-4381
julie__gagnon@videotron.ca

Denise Deveau
514-762-9889
denise.deveau@videotron.ca


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