Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

August 30, 2007 05:00 ET

2007 RONA MS Bike Tour: $1,163,000 to End Multiple Sclerosis

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) - The eighteenth edition of the RONA MS Bike Tour, organized for the benefit of the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, was a resounding success. Thanks to their motivation and their efforts, the 1,400 participants in the RONA MS Bike Tour succeeded in raising the record amount of $1,163,000, or $113,000 more than the initial goal! The two tours took place on the last two weekends of August. The first tour was held in the Quebec City region, while the second took place in the Outaouais region.

For the 14th year in a row, Patricia Paquin, host at Rythme FM Montreal, acted as spokesperson for the MS Society. Since her sister has MS, she is particularly mindful of this cause, which has affected her entire family. This year, her colleague at Rythme FM Quebec, Nathalie Levesque, whose cousin has MS, joined her as spokesperson for the Quebec City area's RONA MS Bike Tour, as did Michel Jean, journalist and host of J.E., on TVA, who acted as honorary chair. All of them were delighted with the results obtained and expressed their admiration and respect of the many participants, especially the people with MS who took part in the activity.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would like to thank RONA, national title sponsor of the 22 RONA MS Bike Tours across Canada, and all the volunteers who made such a huge contribution to the success of the event. Organized jointly with the expert team from Velo Quebec EVENEMENTS, the 150-km bike tours took place over two days. One could also choose a 75-km tour on Sunday.

Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread central nervous system disease affecting young adults in Canada. MS is still incurable. It mainly strikes people between the ages of 15 and 40, but also affects some 50 children in Canada every year. Between 55,000 and 75,000 Canadians have MS. For more information about multiple sclerosis or the RONA MS Bike Tour, call 1-800-268-7582 or visit www.mssociety.ca/qc.

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Contact Information

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division
    Brigitte Leonard
    Communications Coordinator
    514-849-7591 or 1-800-268-7582 (in Quebec)
    brigitte.leonard@mssociety.ca