CELEBRATING A DECADE OF SUCCESS
MONTREAL, May 7, 2015 – The countdown for the 10th Annual Cedars CanSupport ‘Rain or Shine’ Dragon Boat Race and Festival, presented by FL Fuller Landau, is officially on. Event organizers held a launch party for the festival on Wednesday, May 7 to welcome paddlers both old and new. Event spokespersons, former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo and his wife Alexia Calvillo, were on hand to officially launch the 10th edition of the event.
“This is the 10th anniversary of the event and we are looking forward to marking this important milestone,” said Michael Newton, managing partner of FL Fuller Landau. “We want this year to be bigger than ever! September is fast approaching and this launch party was a great way to kick things off and get paddlers, organizers, sponsors and spokespeople together under one roof.”
This 10th year anniversary event goal is to surpass previous year’s numbers in terms of participants and dollars raised for in support of the CanSupport program at the Cedars Cancer Institute. CanSupport provides free psychosocial, practical and humanitarian assistance for cancer patients and their families. To date, the event has raised more than $3-million.
The festival will be held on Saturday, September 19 and at least 40 colourful dragon boats will take to the Lachine Canal, propelled by more than 800 participants, some coming from as far away as Ottawa, Ontario and Harrington, Quebec.
“Participants have the option to register a full team or can ask to be placed on an existing team,” said Cristina Darwish, co-chair of the event. “It’s a day of fun, but our purpose is to make a difference in the lives of Canadians facing a personal trial related to cancer. Saying yes to a day of fun, camaraderie and healthy competition is an easy and rewarding choice for participants, myself included.”
FL Fuller Landau has been the presenting sponsor of the CanSupport Dragon Boat Race & Festival since 2008 and had some 40 employees participating in the 2014 event. This year, the firm has pledged to fielding three boats in the 2015 race.
Entering a dragon boat in the fun-filled fundraiser requires a minimum donation of $12,500. Spaces are still available to those interested in participating. To learn more about the event or to register a boat, visit www.cedarsdragons.ca
About the Cedars Cancer Institute
The Cedars Cancer Institute is a hospital-based charity whose mission is to provide comprehensive cancer care for all cancer patients – pediatric, adolescent and young adult (AYA), adults and those in palliative care – who are being treated at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The Cedars Cancer Institute fulfills this mission by providing much-needed funds to:
- Purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic oncology equipment.
- Improve facilities for the treatment and care of cancer patients. Accomplishments include the creation of the Cedars Breast Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital, renovations to Sarah’s Floor – the hematology/oncology division at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, renovations to the Palliative Care Unit at the Montreal General Hospital, and much more.
- Run the Cedars CanSupport program, which offers free psychosocial, practical and humanitarian assistance to cancer patients and their families, as well as financial assistance through the Wilfrid Howick Humanitarian Endowment Fund.
- Support cancer research through the Henry R. Shibata Fellowship Award.
- Provide annual visiting professorships in oncology that bring world-renowned researchers, educators and physicians to the McGill teaching hospitals – the Vivian Saykaly Visiting Professorship in Medical Oncology and the Edward J. Tabah Visiting Professorship in Surgical Oncology.
- Improve awareness of cancer-related issues through free public lectures and educational programs
About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and The Best Care for Life Campaign
One of the world’s foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research, teaching and technology assessment. Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, it is highly committed to the continuum of care in its community. The partner hospitals of the MUHC—the Lachine Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Children’s Hospital— value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan, innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a $2.35-billion Redevelopment Project on three sites—the Glen, and the Montreal General and Lachine hospitals—designed to provide healthcare professionals with an effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families benefit from The Best Care for Life. The sites are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines www.muhc.ca muhc.ca/construction
The Best Care for Life Campaign is an unprecedented philanthropic effort aimed at raising the funds needed to complete the McGill University Health Centre’s Redevelopment Project as well as the Capital Development Plan. muhc.ca/cause
About FL Fuller Landau LLP
Celebrating over 50 years in business, FL Fuller Landau LLP is a full-service chartered professional accounting and business advisory firm. The professionals at FL Fuller Landau are a blend of young, dynamic partners and seasoned consultants working to improve the net worth of current and future clients. Praised by Canadian Business Magazine and Maclean’s Magazine for its service offering and work environment, FL Fuller Landau provides a full range of financial services. The firm, founded in 1963, has more than 80 employees and is guided by its eight core principles: excellence, confidence, innovation, passion, leadership, creativity, team spirit, and empathy. FL Fuller Landau LLP is a founding member of the Leading Edge Alliance (www.leadingedgealliance.com), an international network of independently owned professional accounting and consulting firms. To learn more about FL Fuller Landau, visit www.flmontreal.com.