MONTREAL, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui has
joined the Marathon Oasis de Montréal for the first edition of the Walk of the
"Round Bellies", presented by the Fondation de la Visite. This unique event, a
5 km walk fit for pregnant women, will be held on September 9th, 2007, at the
Montreal's Olympic Stadium during the Health Festival.
The Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui invites all pregnant women and their
families to participate in this celebration of life and health. The walk will
start at 8:35 am at the corner of Sherbrooke and Pie IX streets
(Marie-Victorin Park) and will finish at the Olympic Stadium.
The Walk of the "Round Bellies" is also one of the activities meant to
raise consciousness for International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Awareness Day 2007. This walk of solidarity is an occasion to raise awareness
to the population on the serious effects alcohol use during pregnancy can have
on the fetus. At 9:09 am, the walkers will stand still to observe a minute of
silence for the people affected by this disorder. More than 300,000 people in
Canada are affected, accounting for 1% of the population.
A number, a t-shirt, a medal and a certificate will be given to every
pregnant participant and person who registers to the walk. At the end of the
course, the walkers will be invited to have a non-alcoholic beverage at the
100% Zero Bar. These will be served free of charge to pregnant women and
available to all other participants for a $2 donation. The profits of the bar
will go to S.O.S. Grossesse, an organization offering specific activities to
prevent FASD .
Doctors will assure medical support during the event. Representatives
from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Fondation de la Visite and S.O.S.
Grossesse will be on site to answer questions. Brochures and information
leaflets will also be distributed for free.
People interested in registering for the Walk of the "Round Bellies" are
invited to visit the Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui website at
About Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui
Familles d'Aujourd'hui is a freeshare information network consisting of
volunteer experts, reporter families, and young reporters ages 4 to 16.
Founded in 1995, it has 125,000+ member families. www.famillesdaujourdhui.com
About the Fondation de la Visite
The Fondation de la Visite works for the well-being of the children and
their families. It offers a free home visiting service to pregnant women and
newborn parents in six Montreal districts. Active listening, information,
referals as well as support from visiting mothers and fathers, help to break
the isolation of families and strengthen their mutual support network. These
caregivers are available 24/7 to respond to emergency situations with families
who are being followed. Since 1988, the Fondation has supported more than
4 200 families accounting for 7 570 children. www.delavisite.org
About S.O.S. Grossesse
S.O.S. Grossesse is an organization which offers a help-line, information
and greeting services to all people involved directly or indirectly in
situations related to pregnancy, planned or not, to contraception, abortion
and sexuality. The services are anonymous and confidential.
For further information:
For further information: Martyne Huot, Réseau Familles d'Aujourd'hui,
(450) 965-0265, Mobile: (514) 945-1799, firstname.lastname@example.org