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Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

September 05, 2013 11:41 ET

Farha Foundation Marks 21 Years of Walking for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS With CA MARCHE 2013

Lead the Change and walk on September 29

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 5, 2013) - The Farha Foundation, Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, invites you to lead the change by walking on September 29 in the 21st edition of ÇA MARCHE, Quebec's largest walk for the cause. Starting at 9 a.m. at Parc Émilie-Gamelin in the heart of downtown Montreal, over 3,000 people are expected to take over the streets of Montreal in support of the more than 20,000 men, women and children Quebecers affected living with the world's fastest growing STD.

"This year's campaign tagline LEAD THE CHANGE, WALK WITH US is focused on educating and inspiring our youth to take up the HIV/AIDS cause and get involved in the community," said Linda Farha, Foundation spokesperson. "ÇA MARCHE is ultimately about supporting the HIV/AIDS community in Quebec, and the work we do here goes to supporting programs, such as, youth prevention/education and programs for those living with the disease including the secondary effects associated with it."

Beginning at Parc Émilie-Gamelin (corner St-Catherine East and St-Hubert), participants will follow a seven-kilometre route through the streets of downtown Montreal. Participants will be treated to the Bell Media's Virgin Radio and Rouge FM emcees, choir and dance troop performances, free hugs and treats along the way.

ÇA MARCHE Timeline:

8:30 a.m. official opening of the site to the public at Parc Émilie-Gamelin (metro Berri-UQAM)
Registration and donations
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Warm up aerobics session with À Pieds Levés
9:30 a.m. Walkers take position along Saint-Catherine St.
10 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:30 a.m. ÇA MARCHE 2013 starts
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants walk through the streets of downtown Montreal. Activities, snacks, water and surprises are offered along the route!
12:45 p.m. Return to Parc Émilie-Gamelin
1 p.m. Closing performance
2 p.m. Closing ceremonies
2:15 p.m. ÇA MARCHE 2013 comes to a close

ÇA MARCHE 2013 Map is available at the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/ca_marche_map.jpg.

Ron Farha, Farha Foundation founder and president, passed away 20 years ago, leaving the legacy he built in the hands of his mother, sisters and committed Foundation members and volunteers. Ron believed that a cure for HIV/AIDS would be found. His desire to support the Quebec community affected by the disease has inspired many to keep fighting for a cure.

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, and Zenergy Communications; and our Bronze Sponsors, AbbVie and Naya. We are also extremely grateful to our supporting partners, volunteers and dedicated staff.

Lead the change; walk with us in the streets of downtown Montreal on September 29. Invite your family, friends and colleagues and form a team to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. People are encouraged to register online or in person the day of the walk to volunteer, participate or donate. Register now at www.camarche.ca!

Shop for a Cause at Farha En Vogue on September 18 at 6 p.m.

Leading up to the 21st edition of ÇA MARCHE, the Farha Foundation invites you to Farha en Vogue, an exclusive VIP shopping event to be held on September 18 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Holt Renfrew Montreal. All attendees will have the chance to win one of three prizes valued up to $1,000. In addition, Holt Renfrew is generously donating 10% of every purchase made (with an additional 10% donated by Anzie jewelry on their product sales) during this special shopping night to the Farha Foundation.

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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