Cycle to Walk to fight against polio - Montréal welcomes Ramesh Ferris

    MONTREAL, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Mrs. Francine Senécal, Vice-president of
the Montréal Executive Committee responsible for sports and leisure, today
welcomed to city hall Indian-born Canadian athlete Ramesh Ferris, who began to
handcycle across Canada to raise money and awareness for polio.
    "Your determination and dedication are an inspiration to all of us. Your
7,200-kilometre journey across the country to meet Canadians is a reminder
that a disease such as polio, which many believe has now been eradicated from
the planet, still remains endemic in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Your presence in Montréal also reminds us that polio can still strike in
Canada. I hope that Canadians all along your route will become aware of the
cause you hold so close to your heart and give generously to Cycle to Walk,"
said Francine Senécal.
    Ramesh Ferris was stricken with polio at a young age. He was adopted from
India by a Canadian family living in the Yukon. In 2002, he visited his mother
in India and witnessed the lack of help and devastating reality for polio
victims. Upon his return to Canada, he created Cycle to Walk, to raise money
to eradicate polio, educate people about continued immunizations and help
rehabilitate polio victims in countries where national help is not enough.
    For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.

For further information:

For further information: Renée Pageau, Division des relations avec les
médias, (514) 868-4580; Source: Bernard Larin, Cabinet du maire et du comité
exécutif, (514) 872-9998

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