/R E P E A T -- Media Invitation - 10th edition of the 48-HOUR RIDE Make-A-Wish / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec/

September 16-17-18 at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

MONTREAL, Sept. 15, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The 48-HOUR RIDE Make-A-Wish® / Fais-Un-VœuMD Québec event celebrates its 10th anniversary on September 16-17-18. The Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, announced that he would be the Honorary President of the 48-HOUR RIDE at a press conference at City Hall on June 7th, in Montreal.

Thanks to this major event, more than $7.5 million have been raised since 2007 for Make-A-Wish / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. On top of this being a record year for the number of teams registered (280 compared to 214 last year), we are confident that last year's record goal of $1.6 million will be surpassed.

Many Quebec personalities, such as Jean-Michel Anctil, Louis-François Marcotte, Josée Lavigueur, Patrice Bélanger, Alex Perron, François Massicotte, François Morency, Herby Moreau and Bruny Surin showed their support to the Foundation. Some will be at the Start Line along with Honorary Co-Presidents and wish children Victoria and Jude-Alexandre.


Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, on l'Île Notre-Dame


September 16-17-18, 2016 – Opportunity to interview public personalities on-site.


Friday, September 16 
Official start: 12 pm

Saturday, September 17
Wish Children's Party and introduction of the children to participants: 1 pm - 5 pm

Sunday, September 18
12:00: Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Honorary President;
Wall of Hope: Building the MEGA BLOK Wall of Hope: 10 am - 1 pm
Round of Honour and official cheque presentation, end of event: 12:30 pm


Over 1,700 participants;
Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal
Quebec celebrities cycling at the start on Friday to support participants
Jennifer Ritter, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Canada;
Honorary Co-Presidents: Victoria, 5 years old, and Jude-Alexandre, 7 years old, affected by immune deficiency;
More than 50 families for whom their children's wishes came true.           


About the 48-HOUR RIDE: The 48-HOUR RIDE is the most important fundraising event of Make-A-Wish / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec. Based on team spirit, team bonding, and challenging oneself, the event attracts mostly people from Quebec's business community, biking enthusiasts and occasional riders. Grouped in teams of 6, participants relay each other day and night for 48 hours. Teams having raised more than $10,000 can adopt the wish of a child and follow its progress throughout the wish process.

About Make-A-Wish / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec
Since 2001, Make-A-Wish / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Quebec chapter is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish Canada and a member of the Make-A-Wish International family, the largest wish-granting organization in the world. Thanks to its presence in nearly 50 countries, Make-A-Wish has made more than 350,000 wishes come true since 1980. www.makeawishqc.ca.

All funds raised in Quebec help to grant the wishes of children in Quebec.

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SOURCE Make-A-Wish Quebec

For further information: 48-HOUR RIDE: Julie Gagnon, 514 713-4381, julie@juliegagnon.ca; Make-A-Wish / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec, Nadine Lalonde, 514 243-2707, nadine.lalonde@makeawishqc.ca


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