28,000 Quebecers have spent the night with us and teamed up to fight
MONTREAL, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Tonight (June 16), hundreds of Quebecers
will spend an unforgettable night raising funds to fight cancer by
participating in one of the four last Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life
events held in 2007. These Relays will take place in the following cities:
Asbestos, Baie-Comeau, Plessisville and Sorel.
In 2007, close to 28,000 people (22,000 participants and 6,000 survivors)
have already taken part in one of the 49 Relay For Life events in Quebec,
hoping to raise $5.8 million. Organizers are proud to announce that close to
$6 million have been collected during the last month.
Across Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society is aiming to raise $44 million
with a total of 451 Relays (19,000 teams representing some 190,000
participants). Since its beginning in 1999, the Relay For Life has raised an
impressive $130 million nationwide and close to 600,000 Canadians have teamed
up to take up the challenge.
The money raised by each of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay events
will directly finance promising research projects, provide support and
services to people living with cancer, spread up-to-date information on
cancer, help prevent the disease by promoting healthy lifestyles and carry out
The Relay For Life is a celebration of people. It acknowledges the
courage of people living with cancer and honours beloved ones carried away by
the disease. It is also an opportunity to bring moral support to those who
fight the disease on a daily basis. Moreover, it is a happy get-together where
family members, friends and colleagues can chat, relax and share good times.
For 12 hours, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., teams of 10 (family members,
friends, colleagues) walk and relay around a track. Tents are set up by
participants, and activities and entertainment are provided all night long.
The two most moving moments of the Relay For Life are the Survivors'
Victory Lap - it kicks off each Relay and is reserved for individuals with
cancer or in remission - and the Luminary Ceremony - after sunset, luminaries
placed beforehand around the track are lit in honour of those who have won or
lost their battle with cancer. They become a source of light and inspiration
for participants throughout the night.
For more information about the Relay For Life, visit www.cancer.ca or
call the Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
The Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life is supported by various
companies. In Quebec, Norampac is the sponsor of the Survivors' Victory Lap
and Nautilus Plus sponsors the Luminary Ceremony.
In 2007, 49 Relay For Life events will take place throughout Quebec and
we hope to raise $5.8 million.
- 22,000 participants
- 6,000 survivors
- 3,500 volunteers
- 125,000 luminaries
Nationwide, the Canadian Cancer Society is aiming to raise $44 million
with a total of 451 Relays.
- 190,000 participants
- 36,000 survivors
- 35,000 volunteers
- 472,000 luminaries
For further information:
For further information: To schedule an interview with one of the Relay
For Life spokespeople or to obtain further information: André Beaulieu
Communication, (514) 393-3444