MONTRÉAL, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - A festive and euphoric atmosphere reigned as the kayakers in the first edition of the Circuit bleu Charles-Bruneau arrived at their destination after successfully circumventing the Island of Montréal aboard their kayaks in four days. Official spokeswoman Mylène Paquette, actor Caroline Dhavernas, Olympic kayaker Hugues Fournel and close to 60 others took part in this innovative event. During the grand arrival celebration at the Old Port of Montréal, a cheque for $90 000 was presented. The proceeds will go toward financing research and projects in the area of pediatric oncology.
Families, friends and colleagues came together to extend a warm welcome to the kayakers. 8-year-old Félix, the hero of the event, was very anxious to watch the participants arrive. At the arrival ceremony he made sure to thank them: "I had Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of six, but I'm in remission now and doing really well. I'd like to thank all the participants – You say that I am your hero, but I think you are my heros."
To circumvent the Island or Montreal in kayak is certainly a challendge, but according to the participants, it is open to all. The interest of these is such that a second edition is a must. The organizers are pleased with the strong growth potential of this innovative event. The 2014 edition is undoubtedly the first of many
About the Circuit bleu Charles-Bruneau
This year marked the first edition of the Circuit bleu Charles-Bruneau. From September 18 to 21, participants paddled close to 110 km, alone or as part of a relay team, in order to circumvent the Island of Montréal. For complete details, please visit circuitbleu.charlesbruneau.qc.ca
About the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
Since 1990, the Fondation 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. The Fondation is proud to have established a presence in four major university hospital centres in Quebec: the CHU Sainte-Justine, the CHU de Québec, the CHU de Sherbrooke, and the Montreal Children's Hospital.
Image with caption: "Normand Beauregard, Hélène Philion, Pascal Proulx, Michel Cantin, Isamie Dufour, Rébecca Dumont, Sophie Valence, Dr Michel Duval, Félix Lapointe, Mylène Paquette, Hugues Fournel, Nicolas Valence, Pierre Bruneau and Simon Lebrun. (CNW Group/Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140922_C1166_PHOTO_EN_5835.jpg
SOURCE: Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
For further information: Marie-Claude Lachance, Director of Events and Communications, Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, 514 219-6350, [email protected]