MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2018 /CNW/ - The largest annual fundraiser hosted by Make-A-Wish®Quebec took place this past weekend in Mirabel, attracting more than 1,600 cyclists to the ICAR circuit and part of the Montréal-Mirabel airport's main tarmac. Thanks to the dedication of participants and the generosity of supporters, $2,015,000 was raised to help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in the province, $400,000 more than last year.
"It's incredible to see all of these people committed to cycling for our cause," says Pierre Thériault, founder and executive producer of the 48-HOUR RIDE. "Every year, I'm amazed by the enthusiasm of our participants, our donors and our volunteers, whose generosity never diminishes. Every dollar raised goes to granting even more wishes. On behalf of our wish children, we thank you."
This year, a few surprises awaited participants, including a DJ Champion concert, fireworks and Ludovyk's wish reveal. Having a passion for knights and all things medieval, Ludovyk received a visit from medieval characters who announced that he would be visiting castles in France with his family.
The 48-HOUR RIDE team is already looking forward to next year's event. Given the ever-increasing number of participants, this seems to be true for cyclists as well.
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Quebec office has its own Board of Directors and all donations received in Quebec go towards granting the wishes of children within the province. Make-A-Wish is the world's leading children's wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information about Make-A-Wish Quebec, visit makeawishqc.ca.
SOURCE Make-A-Wish Canada
For further information: Anne-Marie Byrnes, Make-A-Wish Quebec, 514 488-9474 ext. 6247, [email protected]