Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

September 30, 2013 12:15 ET

CA MARCHE 2013 AIDS Walk Raises Over $220,000

Farha Foundation strives to meet 2013 fundraising goal of $400,000 in time for World AIDS Day

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 30, 2013) - Taking place on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in downtown Montreal, the Farha Foundation's annual AIDS walk, ÇA MARCHE, saw almost 5,000 attendees participate. The event raised over $220,000 in support of the 20,000 men, women and children in Quebec affected by the worlds fastest growing STI (sexually transmitted infection).

"For over 21 years, our fundraising efforts have been vital in supporting the services dedicated to helping those affected by HIV/AIDS, including food, housing, medication, counselling and prevention and education programs," said Linda Farha, Spokesperson, Farha Foundation "ÇA MARCHE is about coming together as a community, leading the change and walking for an end to HIV/AIDS."

This year's walk featured warm-up aerobics with À Pieds Levés, MC stars Cristina Rizzo and Gabrielle Fallu from Bell Media's Virgin Radio and Rouge FM and music from Colin Moore. Participants heard from Founder Ron Farha's mother, sisters and family and along the route everyone could be seen dancing to Zuruba's Bazilian Tam-Tams, getting free hugs from the St-James United Church, line-dancing with Club Bolo, checking out the Flash-Mob-Harlem-Shake, and sharing stories about how HIV/AIDS has touched our walkers' lives and why they chose to lead the change and walk with the Farha Foundation this year.

Special guests included: Richard Bergeron and Denis Coderre, mayoral candidates; Daniel Breton, assistant of the Prime Minister; Jacques Duchesneau, spokesperson of the opposition for Public Security; and Rita De Santis, Commissioner of the Health Commission.

Honorary President, Evelyn Farha, was the recipient of the National Assembly Award for her volunteer contribution in the province of Quebec. "I am very honoured to have received this prize and dedicate it to my son, Ron, and all those affected by HIV/AIDS," said Mrs. Farha.

The Farha Foundation would like to thank all the sponsors who help make ÇA MARCHE 2013 possible, including: our Platinum Sponsor, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada; our Gold Sponsors, CTV, Gilead Sciences Canada, the City of Montreal, Virgin Radio and Zenergy Communications; and our Bronze Sponsors, AbbVie and Naya. We are also extremely grateful to our supporting partners, volunteers and dedicated staff.

There is still time to take part in the ÇA MARCHE 2013 campaign by visiting camarche.ca. Lead the change and help the Farha Foundation reach its $400,000 goal by WORLD AIDS DAY on December 1, 2013.

About ÇA MARCHE

ÇA MARCHE (camarche.ca), one of the first Farha Foundation events to emerge in 1993, is an annual walkathon of seven kilometres, gathering thousands of people to fundraise and increase awareness for 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, dedicated to helping men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, and the complications associated with it. The Farha Foundation is also committed to raising awareness and sensitizing the population to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Since 1992, the Farha Foundation has distributed over $9 million to 76 organizations across Quebec, providing services such as healthcare, food and housing to HIV/AIDS victims, as well as HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs. An advisory committee determines which organizations the Farha Foundation supports, and ensures that the funds are put to the best possible use. To find out more about the Farha Foundation, please visit farha.qc.ca.

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