Hundreds of people Step into the Magic of a Wish at Maisonneuve Park on Saturday October 13
MONTREAL, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Several hundred people will come together on Saturday, October 13 at Maisonneuve Park for the 8th edition of the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes, a family event in support of the Children's Wish Foundation. Together, they will create the magic of a wish by helping Children's Wish pursue its mission, granting children living with a life threatening illness their most heartfelt wish. Each year in October, thousands of walkers gather in over 90 communities across Canada to collect funds and give hope to sick children. Since 2005, more than 9 million dollars have been raised through this national event.
Stéphane Bellavance, Lori Graham and François William Croteau
For the third consecutive year, Stéphane Bellavance, spokesperson of the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes, will host the event with Children's Wish ambassador Lori Graham. Mr. François William Croteau, mayor of the Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough and guest of honour, will also be present to encourage the participants.
"From the moment I got involved with Children's Wish," says Stéphane Bellavance, "I've been able to see how much granting a wish brings joy and hope to a sick child. Together, we can help the Children's Wish Foundation meet its objective of granting 1,000 new wishes this year."
A fun filled family day
Participants are invited to take part in activities for the whole family throughout the day. They will enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, the work of a cartoonist and live music performances by wish children and the all girls band Belles Angels.
For the first time this year, a sporting challenge has been added to the event as participants can take part in a 2k, 5k or 10k run in the morning. Lucky's food truck will be on site to serve lunch and partakers will be able to buy smoothies from Smoothfruit who will donate part of their profits to Children's Wish. A warm up session led by a team from the Mfitness club will precede the traditional 2k walk which will be held in the afternoon to the percussive rhythms of Samajam.
"Last year, thanks to everyone's support, Children's Wish was able to grant over 300 wishes to Québec Children," explains Mr. Laurent Larose, Children's Wish Regional Director. "We invite everyone in Montreal to join us and take part in the day's activities to help us pursue our mission and create the magic of a wish for sick children and their families."
About the Children's Wish Foundation
The Children's Wish Foundation grants their most heartfelt wish to children aged 3 to 17 living with a life threatening illness. Since its beginnings in 1984, the Foundation has granted more than 18,000 wishes across Canada, over 6,000 of which in Québec. Moreover, the Foundation is committed to never turning down an eligible child. This year, the Children's Wish Foundation plans to grant over 1,000 new wishes. For more information, visit www.childrenswish.ca.
Registration and information: www.wishmaker.ca
|Date:||Saturday, October 13, 2012|
|Location:||Maisonneuve Park, Montreal|
|4601, Sherbrooke Street East|
|Montreal (Quebec) H1X 2B1|
|Viau metro station|
|Schedule:||9:30 AM||Activities begin|
|Registration for races, one hour before race time|
|10:30 AM||10k run|
|11:15 AM||5k run|
|11:45 AM||2k run|
|10:00 AM||Registration for the walk begins|
|1:30 PM||Wishmaker family walk begins|
Image with caption: "Stéphane Bellavance, spokesperson for the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes, Marie-Élaine Thibert, spokesperson for the Foundation, and Lori Graham, ambassador. (CNW Group/The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121009_C5328_PHOTO_EN_19045.jpg
SOURCE: The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
For further information:
Communications and Events Coordinator
Children's Wish Foundation
514 289-1777, ext. 230