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Now in its 20th Year, the Farha Foundation and CA MARCHE Continue the Fight Against HIV/AIDS!

Join the most important HIV/AIDS fundraising walk in Quebec on September 30

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - April 3, 2012) - The Farha Foundation, Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, officially announces the launch of its milestone 20th edition of ÇA MARCHE - Quebec's largest walk in support of the cause. Starting at 9 a.m. from Parc Émilie-Gamelin (St-Catherine East and St-Hubert) on Sunday, September 30th, participants will follow a 7 kilometre route through the streets of downtown Montreal and walk to improve the lives of the 20,000 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS throughout Quebec. The Farha Foundation invites everyone to join the fight and register early at www.camarche.ca.

Evelyn Farha, the Foundation's Honourary President, shares: "My son, Ron, created ÇA MARCHE in hopes of one day seeing a world without AIDS. Unfortunately, he did not live to participate in this event as he succumbed to the disease just before the first edition of the walk. Over the past 20 years, I have seen a lot of positive change, but the fight is far from being over! Please walk with me on behalf of those who can no longer do so and help make a difference. Together, we need to increase public awareness and get the word out that prevention is the best way to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS."

This year is an important one for the Foundation as it marks 20 years of providing support to those fighting HIV/AIDS. To spread the word about the cause and the walk, the Foundation will host a series of monthly events. More details to follow shortly.

The Farha Foundation would like to thank the sponsors whose contributions make ÇA MARCHE 2012 possible. A warm thank you goes to our Main Sponsor, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada; our Platinum Sponsor, Gilead; our Gold Sponsors, CTV, the City of Montreal, and Zenergy Communications; our Silver Sponsors, Merck and Naya; and our Bronze Sponsors, Abbott Laboratories, Atex, Audio Z, MétroMédia, Rouge fm, Theratechnologies and Virgin Radio. We are also extremely grateful to all our other supporting partners, volunteers and dedicated staff.

Join us on September 30th and make a significant difference in your community! Invite your friends, family and colleagues to form a team and support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Register now at camarche.ca.

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About ÇA MARCHE
ÇA MARCHE ( www.camarche.ca ), one of the first Farha Foundation events to emerge in 1993, is an annual walkathon of 7 kilometres, gathering thousands of people aiming at raising funds and sensitizing the population to 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 friends and family 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 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 pandemic.
Since 1992, the Farha Foundation has distributed over $8.7 million to some 76 organizations throughout Quebec that provide 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 www.farha.qc.ca .

Contact
Catherine Angehrn
Zenergy Communications
Project Coordinator
514 286-4034
catherine@zenergycom.com

Linda Farha
Farha Foundation
Spokesperson
514 273-4034
l.farha@farha.qc.ca


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