Farha Foundation

Farha Foundation

August 26, 2011 08:00 ET

Ca Marche for the Battle Against HIV/AIDS!

The Farha Foundation asks you: Why are you walking?

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2011) -

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1- Your name:

Ken Monteith

2- Your profession:

Managing Director of the COCQ-SIDA (Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida)

3- Where are you from?

I was born in British Colombia, but I am now a Montrealer. I have spent my entire adult life here so I identify myself with Montreal and Quebec, rather than British Columbia.

4- Why are you walking?

I am walking to support Quebec's local organisations in their efforts of raising awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Each one of them is a leader in its community in regards to the following HIV initiatives: prevention, support for people living with HIV including respite, reinsertion or end of life accommodations. I am also walking to remind our community that HIV/AIDS is an important cause and it's still very much present in society. Living with HIV myself, I want Montrealers to see me, understand that I am here contributing to this fight, and that I am not going to anywhere.

5- How long have you been walking with the Farha Foundation?

My first ÇA MARCHE with the Farha Foundation was in 1999. I have only missed it once since then due to a meeting outside of the city. However, despite my absence from the walk, I still managed to raise money for the cause that year.

6- Did you know Ron Farha?

No. I never had the pleasure of knowing Ron. I am, however, extremely thankful for his vision to establish the Farha Foundation and for the continuing involvement of his family members, the employees, as well as the volunteers of the Foundation, who ensure that the fight against HIV/AIDS in Quebec won't stop.

7- What are your favourite shoes?

I have the same dilemma each year do I dare try and wear new shoes for ÇA MARCHE or do I wear my old ones that I know are comfortable? At the end of the day, new or old, I wear my black leather shoes. The brand the shoe is irrelevant. What matters is that they take me to the finish line.


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


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 over $8.3 million to 76 organizations throughout Quebec that provide care and services (housing, medication, food, palliative care, homecare, etc.), as well as 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 learn more about the Farha Foundation, please visit www.farha.qc.ca.

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