MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2012) - On Sunday, September 30, 2012, the Farha Foundation, Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, held their 20th annual AIDS walk- ÇA MARCHE. The province's largest AIDS walk, the event raised $300,000 in support of the 20,000 men, women and children in Quebec living with one of the world's fastest growing diseases. Over 2,000 people gathered at Parc Émilie-Gamelin in support of HIV/AIDS, despite the inclement weather.
Marie-Andrée Fallu of Rouge FM and Andrea Collins of Virgin Radio emceed the opening ceremony, while Stéphanie Bédard from Star Académie & The Voice, Philippe Berghella, À Pieds Levés, le Club Bolo, Montreal Gay Men's Chorus, Zuruba and many more entertained participants during the 7-kilometer route.
"For 20 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," states Linda Farha, Spokesperson, Farha Foundation. "ÇA MARCHE is an event meant for all - from an individual who has lost a loved one, to families wishing to show their support for a preventable disease that is still not understood. 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 of ÇA MARCHE 2012, whose contributions helped make the walk possible. They include: major sponsor Bristol-Myers, Squibb Canada; platinum sponsor Gilead; gold sponsors CTV, Cytronics, the City of Montreal and Zenergy Communications; silver sponsors Merck and Naya; as well as bronze sponsors Abbott, Atex, Audio Z, MétroMédia, Rouge FM, Thera Technologies, TVA Publications and Virgin Radio.
There is still time to take part in the ÇA MARCHE 2012 campaign by visiting camarche.ca. Continue to raise money and help the Farha Foundation reach its $400,000 goal. The campaign ends on AIDS Awareness Day on December 1, 2012,
About ÇA MARCHE
ÇA MARCHE (camarche.ca), one of the first Farha Foundation events to emerge in 1993, is an annual walkathon of 7 kilometers, gathering thousands of people, with the aim of raising funds and sensitizing the population to the HIV/AIDS cause.
To maximize awareness for 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. For more information, please visit 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 epidemic.
Since 1992, the Farha Foundation has distributed over $8.7 million to some 76 organizations throughout Quebec, providing 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 farha.qc.ca.