/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Children's Aid Society of Toronto/

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ -



    Pregnant Pause, in recognition of FASDay (International Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorders Day) will see a large gathering of men and women dressed up
to look 'pregnant' and observe 99 seconds of 'frozen' silence to remind
everyone that it is best to stop drinking before trying to get pregnant, when
trying to conceive and as soon as you know you are pregnant. The pause is
strategically placed on the 9th month of the 9th hour of the 9th minute to
symbolize that during the nine months of a women's pregnancy no amount of
alcohol is a safe amount.

    WHERE: Southwest corner of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road, (Outside of
           the Royal Ontario Museum)

    WHEN:  Wednesday, September 9 at 9:09 a.m.

           (*) Following the Pregnant Pause there will be opportunities to
           speak directly to families affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
           Disorder and spokespersons from FASworld and the Toronto FASD
           Coordinating Network.

    WHY:   Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is irreversible and preventable

    In Canada, in incidence of FASD has been estimated to be 9 in 1000 live
births. The impact of alcohol during prenatal growth has a wide variety of
impacts but can include intellectual deficits and learning disabilities,
hyperactivity and damage to the central nervous system.

For further information:

For further information: Brian Philcox, President, FASworld Canada,
(416) 264-8000; Catherine Snoddon, Communications Coordnator, Children's Aid
Society of Toronto, (416) 924-4640 ext. 2074

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