MONTREAL, June 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - National Bank and the Young Leaders Circle are proud to announce that the 5th annual Urban Duathlon raised a total of $360,000 for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. The funds will be used for the CHU Sainte-Justine neonatal intensive care unit being financed through the Foundation's Healing More Better campaign, to which the Bank has pledged $2.5 million.
Close to 400 members of the business, media and sports communities gathered at Montreal's Dorchester Square on May 28 to take part in this fun and friendly BIXI bike/foot race—decked out in zany costumes, much to the amusement of their work colleagues and members of the public who came out to cheer them on. Montreal TV and radio personalities Tobie Bureau Huot (NRJ 94.3, Vrak2, TVA) and Mathieu Roy (98.5 FM, Journal Métro, TVA) co-hosted the event again this year.
"The Bank has always been involved in the communities it serves. Since health and youth are focal points of our community engagement initiatives, it was only natural for National Bank to team up with the Young Leaders Circle of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation to help raise funds for the young patients of this key institution," stated Lise-Anne Amyot, Vice-President – Brand and Client Experience at National Bank.
"The Urban Duathlon is now in its fifth year and as popular as ever with professionals in Greater Montreal. It fills me with pride to see so many enthusiastic people turn out to support a great cause like the CHU Sainte-Justine," added François Rivard, President of the Young Leaders Circle, founder of the Urban Duathlon, and President and CEO of Innocap Investment Management.
Each year, National Bank supports hundreds of Canadian organizations through donations and sponsorships. It is particularly committed to young people through its One for Youth program, ensuring they are healthy and have the tools they need to become engaged citizens committed to building a better world. To learn more about the initiatives supported by the Bank and its employees, visit youthnationalbank.ca.
About the Young Leaders Circle
Since 1999, this dynamic group of young business professionals and entrepreneurs has built a unique community in Montreal, galvanized around one cause: the health of children and mothers-to-be across Quebec. Each year, the Young Leaders Circle organizes six activities to benefit the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation in order to help provide better care for children and mothers-to-be. Since its beginnings, the Circle has raised close to $7 million for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation seeks to engage the community and support CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing the children and mothers of today and tomorrow with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world. www.fondation-sainte-justine.org
About National Bank of Canada
With $207 billion in assets as at April 30, 2015, National Bank of Canada (www.nbc.ca), together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has more than 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). Follow the Bank's activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca.
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For further information: Jean-François Lauzon, Advisor - Public Affairs, National Bank, 514-394-6097; Andréane Beaumier, Senior Advisor - Signature Events, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, 514-345-4931, ext. 5221