MONTREAL, March 14, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Over the last few week-ends, more than 1 500 skiers and snowboarders took part in the Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge, presented by Proxim, collecting over $ 530 000 in donations for cancer-stricken children. Since its first edition, 10 years ago, this event has raised over 4 million for Leucan and brought together more than 15 000 participants.
For the tenth anniversary of the Challenge, Leucan added a mountain to the event, for a total of six mountains, in six regions: Mont Cascades (Outaouais), Mont Lac-Vert (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean), Mont-Vidéo (Abitibi-Témiscamingue), Vallée du Parc (Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec), Ski Bromont (Montérégie) and Stoneham Mountain Resort (Québec).
"Despite the cold weather that we all experienced this winter, it has been a huge pleasure to see the motivation, dedication and generosity of all the skiers, snowboarders, donors and volunteers. I wanted to be there to support, encourage and help Leucan," says Sylvie Fréchette, co-spokesperson. Indeed, it is with great pride that the two-time Olympic medalist joined Tobie Bureau-Huot (NRJ), Andie Duquette (singer), and Michaël Roy (TVA Sports), spokespersons for a second year in a row, to complete the team.
Leucan is also pleased to have received the support of Proxim as presenter of the event for a third year. Leucan also wishes to thank all the regional partners, regional spokespersons, as well as all the volunteers and generous donors supporting the Challenge.
The Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge, organized in memory of Edgar Sirhan-Gibson, is a mobilising activity where, in teams of four, participants have to collect a minimum of $500 in donations for Leucan. Each team member must go down the slopes at least once every hour over 12 consecutive hours.
For more than 35 years, Leucan has been supporting cancer-stricken children and their families. As a loyal ally of hundreds of families and thousands of members across Quebec, the Association provides specific and personalized services to its members, in addition to funding clinical research. Leucan's skilled staff developed a cutting edge expertise in the following areas: support and emotional assistance; financial assistance; referral services; massage therapy; hosting in hospital playrooms; socio-recreational activities; school awareness; end-of-life and bereavement follow-up services; support to cured patients; and the Leucan Information Centre. With its many offices, Leucan is present throughout Quebec.
For further information: Joany Boulanger, Project manager, communications and marketing, 514 731-3696, ext. 514 | 438 889-8908, [email protected]