A fun-filled family activity where everyone wins
More than 500 participants and over 100 volunteers turned out in force at Valois Park in Pointe-Claire on Saturday, May 11th, for the third annual ‘Course pour la compassion,’ a walk/run to benefit the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Together, they raised a record-breaking $90,500 net all of which will be directed to providing quality palliative care to patients and support for their families.
The ‘Course’ allows participants of all ages and abilities to take part offering 1K, 5K or 10K walk/run routes. Charles River Laboratories Inc. in Senneville have been the lead corporate sponsor for the event from the beginning. “We are proud to return as the major sponsor of the ‘Course pour la compassion’ for the third year in a row,” said Glenn Washer, President, Charles River Canada. “Our employees like to take part in this team building activity that raises funds for a great cause – providing compassionate care to patients and families.”
A committee organized a morning full of fun and surprises, graciously hosted by Sharon Hyland from CHOM-FM and Sandra Hudon. There was something for the whole family to enjoy with special activities, including an onsite massage service, a children’s kiosk with face painting, as well as free snacks, drinks and samples. Door prizes and awards for the top fundraisers and race winners added to the festive atmosphere.
Yolande James, RDI and CBC political analyst, and a member of the West Island Palliative Care Residence Foundation board of directors, was on hand to thank everyone for making the event a success and walked the 1 km route with her 6 year old son. Local Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier Greg Kelley along with his entire family, and Member of Parliament Frank Baylis for Pierrefonds-Dollard and his wife Valerie were among the participants.
“Thank you to all the walkers, runners, sponsors, donors and volunteers who believe in the importance of palliative care. The community plays a crucial role in contributing critical funding that allows the Residence to provide its care and services to all our patients free of charge,” said Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Residence.
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