Insurers to come together to raise money for the cancer cause
TORONTO, April 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) is pleased to announce that it is once again supporting the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life events across Ontario. WICC is also teaming up with the country's leading cancer charity to hold its first-ever insurance industry-exclusive Relay For Life event. Downtown Toronto will be the backdrop for this event that will take place on Friday, June 12th on the Garrison Commons at Fort York.
Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society's signature fundraiser walk. People can participate at any age or fitness level. Every step taken helps fund promising cancer research, community support services and other important work so that fewer Canadians are touched by the disease.
Regular physical activity helps protect against cancer. It's also one of the best ways to stay at a healthy body weight, which reduces a person's risk of cancer. It is for these reasons that the Canadian Cancer Society is introducing relay batons to the event and encouraging Relay For Life participants to set a distance goal for the event (e.g. one to five KM or more) on an individual or team basis.
"Relay For Life is more than a fundraiser, it is an inspirational event that brings colleagues, friends and families together," said Mariellen Glover, Vice President, Property & Shared Services, Intact Insurance and Co-Chair, WICC Relay For Life. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this exclusive event, bringing together insurance professionals from across Ontario to support such a worthy cause."
WICC has supported Relay For Life for the last six years and continues as a very significant corporate contributor through sponsorship and fundraising. WICC was formed in 1996 to mobilize the Canadian insurance industry in the fight against cancer by focusing on cancer research, support and education. Since its inception, WICC has raised over $11.2 million to support cancer research.
"We are so pleased that WICC continues to support Relay For Life and are excited for this year's industry-exclusive event," said Susan Drodge, Director, Corporate and Community Partnerships for Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. "Money raised funds hundreds of Canada's best and brightest researchers who are working tirelessly towards the next cancer breakthrough to save lives."
By participating in the WICC Relay For Life event or by joining a WICC team at one of the more than 75 Relay For Life events across the province, 100 percent of the funds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society will go directly to support cancer research.
Accept the baton! Learn more and register today at relayforlife.ca/wicc. To register a team, visit or to participate in other Relay For Life events, visit relayforlife.ontario.ca or call 1-866-201-6202.
SOURCE Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade
For further information: Celyeste Power, 416-362-2031 ext 4312, [email protected]