172 business, sports and medical research celebrities got into the swing of the Kovalev and Friends Foundation for Kids golf classic - $165,000 raised for the Foundation during the day

    MONTREAL, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Kovalev and Friends Foundation for
Kids 1st Golf Classic was held yesterday at the Elm Ridge Country Club in
Ile Bizard, under the honorary presidency of Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority. With the
revenues from the auction held during the evening, the tournament raised
$165,000 for the Foundation.
    In all, 172 celebrities from the worlds of business, sports and medical
research participated in this tournament to raise funds for the Foundation.
Its main goals are to make it easier for children to gain access to top notch
medical care and to help improve their self esteem. The Foundation also aims
to facilitate knowledge transfer between Canadian experts practicing in the
field of pediatric cardiac surgery and healthcare professionals in other
countries, so that children diagnosed with heart anomalies have access to
specialized experts in the field.
    Alex Kovalev, who had heart disease himself when he was a young hockey
player, stated: "It is important that young people who get such a diagnosis
remain self-confident and know that they can still live a happy and exciting
life, like I was able to enjoy. This experience also made me realize that
children in developing countries don't benefit from the advances made in
medicine. I hope, through this Foundation, to make it possible for the
knowledge and discoveries made by our Canadian doctors to benefit all the
children of the world."
    For her part, Dr. Suzanne Vobecky, pediatric cardiac surgeon at
Sainte-Justine Hospital and the Montreal Children's Hospital, thanked Alex
Kovalev for his international action on behalf of sick children. She
underlined that "Mr. Kovalev has the huge merit of understanding that
pediatric doctors don't only treat pathologies, but first and foremost,
budding human beings." Dr. Vobecky also pointed out that, in medicine,
teamwork is not limited to a laboratory or a hospital; it must reach out to
the whole world. "The Kovalev Foundation will contribute to information
exchange and critical discoveries to improve care to children everywhere on
the planet," she concluded.
    For his part, Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier thanked everyone who agreed to
support the Foundation. "We have the good fortune to be part of an
economically and scientifically privileged country; we have a duty to show
solidarity with those who do not have such good fortune and who deserve our

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