MONTRÉAL, Sept. 21, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The 10th edition of the FL Fuller Landau Dragon Boat Race & Festival, in support of the Cedars Cancer Institute's CanSupport program, took place Saturday at Parc Père-Marquette in Lachine and saw over 400 participants and spectators attend. The cool weather of the past week turned around and warmed up for the event that raised over $475,000 thanks to the support of hundreds of individual donations.
The paddlers' village was buzzing with enthusiasm as teams took part in three qualifying races before lunch and a final race in the afternoon. However, winning on the water wasn't the only goal, as each boat strove to outdo each other's fundraising totals, with top teams raising over $45,000 in support of the Cedars Cancer Institute at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).
This year's 10th anniversary edition was augmented with a tent dedicated to showcasing photos from the past 10 years, as well as a Wall of Hope that saw attendees writing messages of hope on a wall that will be permanently placed in the new MUHC hospital's Cancer Center.
The participants and general public also had the opportunity to meet and chat with Alexia Calvillo who, along with her husband and former Alouette Quarterback, Anthony Calvillo, are event spokespeople.
Funds raised will be donated to the Cedars Cancer Institute's CanSupport program, which provides psychological, practical, and humanitarian assistance, as well as support services for cancer patients at the McGill University Health Centre.
Founded in 2006, the Dragon Boat Race & Festival began with six boats and $12,000 raised, and has grown to an event of over 30 boats with over $4-milliion raised to date. Accounting firm FL Fuller Landau has been a major sponsor of the festival since 2008, and prides themselves on not only being title sponsors, but active participants.
About The Cedars Cancer Institute
Since its inception in 1966, The Cedars Cancer Institute has raised more than $33 million in much-needed funds to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic oncology equipment, improve facilities for treatment and care of cancer patients. Cedars CanSupport offers cancer patients and their families free psycho-social, practical and humanitarian assistance. In partnership with the Cancer Care Mission of the MUHC, a comprehensive cancer centre in Quebec that cares for patients and their families from childhood through adulthood, Cedars has relied on the dedication, commitment and generosity of Quebecers to help provide the best care possible for patients and their families of all ages battling this terrible disease. www.cedars.ca
About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
One of the world's foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research teaching and technology assessment. Highly committed to the continuum of care in its community and affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, The Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital of the MUHC value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan, innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a $2.25-billion Redevelopment Project on three campuses—the Mountain, the Glen and Lachine—designed to provide healthcare professionals with an effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families benefit from The Best Care for Life. The campuses are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines. www.muhc.ca www.muhc.ca/construction
About FL Fuller Landau LLP
Celebrating over 50 years in business, FL Fuller Landau LLP is a full-service chartered professional accounting and business advisory firm. The professionals at FL Fuller Landau are a blend of young, dynamic partners and seasoned consultants working to improve the net worth of current and future clients. Praised by Canadian Business Magazine and Maclean's Magazine for its service offering and work environment, FL Fuller Landau provides a full range of financial services. The firm, founded in 1963, has more than 100 employees and is guided by its eight core principles: excellence, confidence, innovation, passion, leadership, creativity, team spirit, and empathy. FL Fuller Landau LLP is a founding member of the Leading Edge Alliance (www.leadingedgealliance.com), an international network of independently owned professional accounting and consulting firms. To learn more about FL Fuller Landau, visit www.flmontreal.com.
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