Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

September 29, 2014 08:00 ET

The 22nd Edition of Quebec's Largest HIV/AIDS Walk, CA MARCHE 2014, Raises Close to $200,000

The Farha Foundation strives to beat $400,000 fundraising goal by campaign close on World AIDS Day, December 1

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2014) - On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Farha Foundation, Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, held their 22nd annual AIDS walk, ÇA MARCHE. The walk raised close to $200,000 in support of over 20,000 men, women and children in Quebec affected by HIV/AIDS. 4,000 people joined the Foundation at Parc Émilie-Gamelin to lead the change and come together as a community in support of the search for a cure.

Cristina Rizzo of Rouge FM and Phil Vanden Brande of Virgin Radio emceed the opening ceremony, and Uvolution got the crowd energized with an invigorating warm-up routine. This was followed by a speech from Karine Boivin Roy and a few words from some the Farha family including, Linda Farha our spokesperson, Matt Ieraci, our youth ambassador and Evelyn Farha, Ron's Mother. Participants were entertained by Line, African, Bollywood and Belly dancers, and treated to savory delights from local food trucks, as well as, healthy snacks and refreshments along the seven-kilometer route through downtown Montreal.

"For 22 years now, our donations have been instrumental in providing prevention and education programs, food, housing, medication, counselling and support to those who really need it across Quebec," said Linda Farha, spokesperson and honorary president, Farha Foundation. "ÇA MARCHE is an event meant for all - from an individual who has lost a loved one, to families and friends wishing to show their support. With every step we take, we are committed to serving our community until we can celebrate a cure!"

The Farha Foundation would like to thank the sponsors whose contributions make ÇA MARCHE 2014 possible: our Gold Sponsors, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, CTV, Gilead Sciences Canada, Zenergy Communications, Rouge FM, Virgin Radio; our Silver Sponsor, AbbVie; and our Bonze Sponsors, Maisonneuve and Sebastien Roy Photographe. We are also extremely grateful to our supporting partners, volunteers and dedicated staff.

There is still time to take part in the ÇA MARCHE 2014 campaign by visiting camarche.ca. Lead the change, continue to raise money and help the Farha Foundation reach its $400,000 goal. The campaign ends on AIDS Awareness Day, December 1, 2014.

About ÇA MARCHE

ÇA MARCHE (www.camarche.ca), one of the first Farha Foundation events to emerge in 1993, is an annual walkathon of 7 kilometers, gathering thousands of people aiming at raising funds and sensitizing the population to the HIV/AIDS cause.

To maximize awareness of the event, the Farha Foundation asks you to spread the word to as many people as possible. In doing so, you will contribute directly to helping those living with HIV/AIDS, a disease that currently infects as many as two people a day in Quebec. Bring your family and friends to inspire our community to support the cause. Sign up now at www.camarche.ca.

About the FARHA FOUNDATION

The Farha Foundation is Quebec's leading fundraising organization committed to helping men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. The events organized by the Farha Foundation also serve to raise public awareness of the AIDS pandemic.

Since 1992, the Farha Foundation has distributed close to $9.3 million to 76 organizations throughout Quebec that provide services to HIV/AIDS victims (housing, medication, food, palliative care, homecare, etc.), as well as HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs. An advisory committee determines which organizations the Foundation supports and ensures that the funds are put to the best possible use. To find out more about the Farha Foundation, please visit www.farha.qc.ca.

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