Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

Farha Foundation - CA MARCHE

September 22, 2009 08:00 ET

Farha Foundation's AIDS Walk a Massive Success

Nearly 8,000 walkers raise almost $350,000

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - On Sunday, September 20, nearly 8,000 people walked for those living with HIV-AIDS, for those who have died of AIDS and for a future without AIDS during CA MARCHE, the Farha Foundation's annual AIDS walk. Calling on the citizens of Quebec, politicians and celebrities alike, the 17th annual walk raised almost $350,000. The CA MARCHE goal is to raise $450,000. The fundraising campaign ends December 1, 2009, AIDS Awareness Day. Visit www.camarche.ca.

"I cannot begin to thank the thousands of people who gave their time, their energy and their money in support of this amazing event," said Evelyn Farha, Honorary President of the Foundation. "I am so pleased with the results, and the outpouring of support this year. It is my hopes that we raised enough awareness today to stop at least one person from being infected with HIV."

Montreal businessman Ron Farha founded the Farha Foundation in 1992, having been diagnosed with AIDS a few years earlier and Ron's experience with the disease alerted him to the lack of financial, medical and emotional support available to people living with HIV and AIDS. Thanks to the help of corporate sponsors every dollar that was raised by CA MARCHE walkers this year will be distributed to 43 Quebec HIV-AIDS organizations supported by the Foundation.

"When my son Ron died of AIDS, he asked that we carry on his Foundation thinking that it would be only a few years until a cure was found," said Evelyn Farha. "Though 17 years later there remains no cure for HIV-AIDS, with all the love and commitment shown here today, I know this terrible disease can and will be beaten."

About CA MARCHE - www.camarche.ca

The 17th edition of CA MARCHE took place on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at Emilie-Gamelin Park (corner St-Catherine East St & St-Hubert St, Metro Berri UQAM) in Montreal, Quebec. The walk started at 10.30am and ended at starting point at 12.30pm after a 7kms route in downtown Montreal.

Live performances have been held during CA MARCHE with Sandy Duperval (2004 Star Academie finalist), A Pied Leves, Studio Adonnics, Saint-James Church Choir, Club Bolo, Free Hugs, Zaruba (Brazilian 'TAM TAM').

About the Farha Foundation

The Farha Foundation is Quebec's leading AIDS fundraising organization, committed to help men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. The events organized by the Farha Foundation also serve to sensitize the population to the AIDS epidemic.

Since 1992, the Farha Foundation has distributed close to $8 million to some 70 AIDS organizations throughout Quebec providing care and services (housing, medication, food, palliative care, homecare, etc.) as well as AIDS prevention and education programs. A volunteer advisory committee screens which organizations the Foundation funds, and then follows up to ensure the funds are being put to the best possible use.

For further information, visit www.farha.qc.ca or call us at 514.270.4900.

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Majeur: BMS.

Or: CTV, Gilead, Merck Frosst, Pfizer and the City of Montreal.

Argent: 98.5fm, Boehringer Ingelheim, CKAC Sports, Corus Quebec, Info690, Musimax, Musique Plus, Metromedia Plus, Naya, Q92, RiceWorks and Theratechnologies.

Bronze : Equinox Graphics, Fugues, Le Devoir, Marketwire, The Laval News and Zenergy Communications.

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