Media/Photo Advisory - Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart this Sunday, June 7!

    WATERLOO, ON, June 2 /CNW/ -

    WHO:   More than 1,200 enthusiastic cyclists and walkers, plus hundreds
           of volunteers are ready to raise money in support of St. Mary's
           Regional Cardiac Care Centre. St. Mary's Cardiac Rehabilitation
           Centre patients and their families will bike or hike as a team at
           the event, raising funds for the cardiac rehabilitation program.

    WHAT:  The 17th annual Manulife Bike and Hike for Heart includes 15- and
           25-km courses for all ranges of cycling skills, plus three walking
           trails - three, five or eight km - in RIM Park.


           8 a.m.                     Check-in and donation collection begins
           9:15 a.m.                  Opening ceremonies at start/finish line
           9:30 a.m.                  Cyclists depart
           9:45 a.m. (approx.)        Walkers depart
           10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Light lunch and post-event celebrations

    WHERE: RIM Park, near the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy
           Living Centre, Waterloo

    WHY:   Since 2000, all donations have supported the St. Mary's Regional
           Cardiac Care Centre in Kitchener. This year's fundraising goal is
           $200,000 to expand the programs at the cardiac centre. Beginning
           in 1993, this event has raised more than $2.7 million for heart
           health in Waterloo Region.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Tom Nunn, Manulife Financial,
Tel: (519) 594-8578; Peter Sweeney, President, St. Mary's General Hospital
Foundation, Tel: (519) 749-6578

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