Media Alert: Ontario Veterinarians Cycle 261 km for Seniors, Disabled Individuals & Women at Risk of Abuse

    MILTON, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - 21 veterinarians and animal health industry
professionals from around Ontario will cycle more than 260 km in a single day
(a projected 10-hour ride!!) to raise funds and awareness for the Farley
Foundation - a charitable organization which assists seniors, disabled persons
and women at risk of abuse (in OVMA's SafePet Program(xx)) with the emergency
veterinary care of the pets that mean the world to them.
    Canadian artist and cartoonist Lynn Johnston has created exclusive
artwork for Ride for Farley which will be featured on original Ride for Farley
cycling gear manufactured solely for this event. The artwork features the
original Farley character(*) riding alongside a cyclist. (see the image at
    Each cyclist will attempt to raise a minimum of $1,000 for people and
pets in need. During last year's ride, 12 individuals raised in excess of
$15,000. This year's ride is expected to raise close to $25,000.

    When:    Thursday, September 13, 2007
    Where:   The ride begins at 7 a.m. in Mindemoya, ON
             The 261 km bike ride is expected to take 10 hours
             The ride concludes at Killarney Mountain Lodge, Killarney, ON

    2 Photo opportunities

    A.  12 p.m. (approximate) - 261 km riders only will be present at this
        Lockerby Animal Hospital - P. 705.522.4555
        2178 Armstrong St, Sudbury ON P3E 5G9

    B.  4:30 p.m. (expected time) - Watch the full set of riders come in
        from the day's ride.
        Killarney Mountain Lodge, Killarney, ON - P. 1.800.461.1117 or
        For directions, visit:

    Details: First set of riders will start at 7 a.m. in Mindemoya. They will
    complete the first 160 km in Sudbury where they will be joined by the
    remainder of the riders. The entire group will continue on to Killarney
    Mountain Lodge, Killarney - 261 km in total (Mindemoya to Sudbury to

        261 km Riders:

        Dr. Dale Scott, Scott Veterinary Services              (Mindemoya)
        Darren Osborne, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA, Milton)
        Dr. Shawn Bruch, College Manor Veterinary Hospital     (Newmarket)
        Dr. Mike Finnigan, Main West Animal Hospital           (Welland)

        100 km Riders:

        Dr. Ted Kilpatrick, Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic      (Bowmanville)
        Dr. Sandy Cook, Cook Veterinary Services               (Bowmanville)
        Dr. Christina Karkanis, Blue Sky Animal Hospital       (North Bay)
        Mike McCubbin, spouse of Dr. Christina Karkanis        (North Bay)
        Dr. Jim Hysen, Lockerby Animal Hospital                (Sudbury)
        Jennifer Newland, Novartis Animal Health Canada Inc    (Mississauga)
        Donni Ellis, Baywood Animal Hospital                   (Midhurst)
        Dr. Marie Hardy, Veterinary Locum                      (Waterloo)
        Dr. Stephanie Marquette, Cassells Animal Hospital      (North Bay)
        Dr. Robin Roscoe, Lynwood Animal Hospital              (Nepean)
        Dr. Kristin Baird, Oakville Animal Clinic              (Oakville)
        Dr. Louise Langlais, Hespeler Animal Hospital          (Cambridge)
        Dr. Carol Sanio, Minden Animal Hospital                (Minden)
        Laurel Harper, Blue Sky Animal Hospital                (North Bay)
        Dr. Jeff Berry, Southampton Pet Hospital               (Southampton)
        Alex Brill, Hill's Pet Nutrition                       (Mississauga)
        Paul Fisher, Barrie Veterinary Hospital                (Barrie)

    The Farley Foundation assists seniors and disabled persons on limited
incomes to afford emergency veterinary treatment for their pets. Established
in 2002 by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the Foundation has
distributed almost $300,000 to assist over 900 pets.

    (*) North Bay native Lynn Johnston created the Farley cartoon character
        as part of her syndicated comic strip, For Better or For Worse(R).
        The beloved English sheepdog was a member of the comic strip's
        Patterson family, and died while attempting to save April Patterson,
        who had fallen in a ravine. The Farley Foundation is named in honour
        of this much loved character.

    (xx)OVMA's SafePet Program assists women at risk of abuse (and their
        children) who are entering women's shelters to make the final
        decision to leave abusive situations by providing temporary housing
        and care for their pets while they are in women's shelters. Women
        seeking shelter should contact a local women's shelter or call
        1.866.863.0511 (TTY 1.866.863.7868). Individuals interested in
        becoming pet foster parents should contact a local veterinarian or
        visit for details.

For further information:

For further information: about the Farley Foundation or Ride for Farley
contact: Nadia Vercillo, Manager of Communications and Public Relations,; Farley Foundation: 1-888-262-9811, ext. 4; Ontario
Veterinary Medical Association: (905) 875-0756, 1-800-670-1702, ext. 15

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