MONTREAL, June 2, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Tournée de l'espoir - À moto pour Monique et Sophie Thibault brought together more than 120 motorcyclists who raised $101,500 on behalf of the MS Society for the benefit of people with multiple sclerosis.
Sophie Thibault, event spokesperson, wholeheartedly thanked the participants in the challenge: "Being able to combine my love of motorbikes with this cause makes me very proud. This event was an opportunity to honour my mother, Monique, who faced this disease with courage and determination for over fifty years. Riding with you gives me a good feeling. Not only are you showing your support for people with multiple sclerosis, you're also helping to improve their quality of life."
Robert Poëti, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Montreal region, was on hand for the occasion. "I'm proud to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, as I have for many years now. This event has become particularly meaningful to me since I was appointed Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Montreal region. Motorcycling is more than just a way to get around; it's also a recreational activity that allows people to see Quebec differently. Congratulations to all the participants for making this event such a big success!"
The Tournée de l'espoir presented participants with a route more than 330 kilometres long, giving them a chance to discover some of the prettiest roads in Quebec as they visited the picturesque Eastern Townships, Chaudière-Appalaches and Centre du Québec regions, ending up at the Saint-Ferdinand marina.
The MS Society would like to thank its generous partners, without whom the event would not have been such a success: Harley Davidson Montréal and Moto Internationale, Québecor, CIBC, RNC Média, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and JA Lemieux Assurances et services financiers.
Canada has the highest incidence of multiple sclerosis in the world; MS is the most widespread neurological disease affecting young adults in our country. It is estimated that close to 100,000 Canadians have this disease, including 20,000 Quebecers.
For more information on how to support people with MS and contribute to research on this disease, visit mssociety.ca/qc or call 514 849-7591 or 1 800 268-7582, toll-free in Quebec.
Image with caption: "The 4th Tournée de l'espoir has raised $101,500 thanks to the generosity and commitment of one hundred participants. Several personalities were present during this event: Sophie Thibault, Anik Jean, Dominique Poirier, Colette Provencher, Yves Lavigne, Franco Nuovo, Robert Poëti and Réjean Tremblay. (CNW Group/Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140602_C7995_PHOTO_EN_40975.jpg
SOURCE: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
For further information:
Jeanne Sanchez-Bradley, Communications Coordinator
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division
514 849-7591, ext. 2245, 1 800 268-7582 (toll-free in Quebec)