CANCER PREVENTION CHALLENGE 2009 UPDATE !!
Please join or help the CAW Durham Region Racers for CANCER PREVENTION
Thank you for your interest in reading this. We request you to please join the CAW-Durham Region Racers Team as a fundraiser for The 2009 Cancer Prevention Challenge (formerly The Run, Walk and Roll for Cancer Prevention).
This year, our CAW Durham Region Racers’ Team is aiming to raise $20,000 - so we’re counting on everyone who joins us to help reach and surpass this goal!
What ever happened to dying of old age?
Cancer is nearly always portrayed as a disease of older Canadians. But did you know that more than 10,000 young adults - the age group 20 to 44 - are diagnosed with malignant cancers every year in Canada ? About 2,000 people in this age range die from cancer. A growing body of evidence links toxic substances to various cancers that occur as early as infancy, then throughout life. The umbilical cord blood of every newborn contains scores of cancer-causing substances, such as pesticides, solvents, hormones, and heavy metals - all commonly found in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, What we do to the environment, we do to ourselves.
Why cancer prevention?
Well over half of all cancers are ‘environmental’ - that is, they’re not caused by faulty genes inherited from our parents, but from exposures during our lifetime. Cancer in Canada is now at epidemic levels. In 2009 alone, more than 70,000 Canadians will die from cancer, and 165,000 will be newly diagnosed with a malignant tumour. On-the-job exposures to cancer-causing substances are a major concern in Canada and around the world – including CAW workplaces. The International Labour Organization estimates that over 1 million workers worldwide have cancers that are related to their toxic jobsites and occupations.
Here is some good news. Since so many cancers are environmental, they’re alsopreventable. And, we can take major steps for cancer prevention with knowledge we already have.
What can you do?
Join many like-minded Canadians in raising funds for cancer prevention. We’re striving to build a national movement to stop the epidemic that strikes too many Canadians -
half of all males, and 40% of females in Canada , including children and young adults.
The Cancer Prevention Challenge is the only fundraiser exclusively devoted to preventing cancer in Canada . It began six years ago, in 2004, under the banner of The Run, Walk & Roll for Cancer Prevention. Since then, more than $360,000 has been raised for many national and local prevention projects, including:
• the landmark national conference at the University of Ottawa in May 2007, Cancer: It’s About Prevention. It’s About Time!
• research & writing of the New Society Publishers’ book, Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (May 2007).
• organizing & building the cross-Canada coalition, Prevent Cancer Now. www.preventcancernow.ca
The Cancer Prevention Challenge is still the only fundraiser in Canada devoting all its efforts and proceeds to cancer prevention. Our mission from the beginning has been to raise funds to educate all Canadians - including all levels of government – about prevention, and then inspire action to stop the cancer epidemic that strikes far too many Canadians.
Recipient of General Funds & Official 2009 Sponsor
Prevent Cancer Now, the national organization that was lead organizer of the May 2007 conference, Cancer: It’s About Prevention. It’s About Time! will be the recipient of the general funds from The 2008 Cancer Prevention Challenge. to continue to build an effective Canada-wide coalition for cancer prevention. The Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN), based in Toronto , is the official sponsor of The 2008 Cancer Prevention Challenge. (WHEN will issue charitable tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more to The 2008 Cancer Prevention Challenge.)
The 80% Option
There is no other cancer fundraiser in Canada like this one. This year, for the first time, if our Team raises more than $1000, we can apply for 80% of the funds we raise to support local community cancer prevention projects of the CAW Durham Regional Environment Councils (CAW D.R.E.C.) choice, such as the campaign to stop a major garbage incinerator in the Region of Durham (Oshawa, Ontario), to educate our community on Extended Producer Responsibility & Zero Waste options, to stage Public Education Forums themed on cancer prevention and raising funds for the 2009 film, Living Downstream.
Once again this year, the CAW-Durham Region Environment Council is organizing a Team to raise funds for cancer prevention by participating in The Cancer Prevention Challenge through 4 or 5 events.
There are 3 steps to fundraising in The Cancer Prevention Challenge with the CAW-Durham Region Racers:
1. Go to www.WomensHealthyEnvironments.ca/CPC click on Register Now, and follow the simple instructions. Be sure to choose the CAW Durham Racers’ Team when you are asked if you want to join as part of a Team!
2. Create your own Participant web page, and ask friends & colleagues to help you reach your fundraising goal.
3. Have your donors contribute on-line with their credit card, or use your card in return for their donation - a cheque payable to you, or cash.
If you need help, we’re here!
All donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt from our official 2009
Cancer Prevention Challenge sponsor, the Women’s Healthy Environments Network.
• Charitable Registration #11926 2533 RR0001
We will refund your $20 sign up fee for Cancer Prevention Challenge, if you raise over $200 individually.
This year we are piggybacking on several different events giving you many opportunities to participate or contribute with us.
The economic conditions have forced us to make some changes this year. Instead of going to Ottawa like we have for the past 4 years, we are participating with the Allergy/Asthma Information Association (AIAA) event in Whitby , Ontario Sunday, May 24, 2009, starting at the Heydenshore Pavilion, adjacent to the Whitby Waterfront Trail. They are allowing us to fundraise for the Cancer Prevention Challenge.
10 km Walk starts at 9:30 AM, 5 km Walk & Run and 10 km Run starts at 10:00 AM. Register before May 16 =$30 after May 21=$35
This event will feature chip timing.
2 km Family Scamper starts at 10:00 AM. Register a family of 4 before May 16 =$70 after May 21=$85
You must call me to let me know that you are registering for AIAA event as a member of our CAW Durham Region Racers team and then you register yourself for the AIAA at http://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=4414 ; all entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Entry fee does not include a small processing fee. You can print your sponsorship sheets for CPC from your own individual CPC web-site. Please feel free to request assistance if you need help signing up for any of the events or the CPC web-site.
Class Act Dinner Theatre,
104 Consumers Drive , Whitby we have 90 tickets for $60 each for Wednesday June 10th, 2009, comedy Shady Business. Our team gets half of the fund-raising.
This includes the play and a dinner of Salads, Roasted Chicken, famous Grade AAA Beef seasoned with their own seasoning with Yorkshire pudding & Whitby’s largest Desert Buffet. They also have a licensed bar.
Shady Business is packed with high energy and mad comedy that rarely takes a breath until its side-splitting conclusion. Mandy and Tania are sexy but struggling nightclub dancers at a Soho night-club desperately try to sort out their tangled love lives without incurring the wrath of their gangster boss, ‘Big Mack’ and his side-kicks. It’s the ‘Sopranos’ with laughing gas.”
For tickets, please contact:
Terry Howell, (905) 433-9052,
Cecil Mackesey (905) 213-4849 after 5:00 PM,
Call the Team Captain Dave Renaud for any assistance required, at H: (905) 404-1279, C: (905) 447-7373, e-mail Dave Renaud.
Three other events that we are working on are the The Dragon Flies Dragon Boat Festival in Port Perry on June 20 and the 41st Annual Canoe the Nonquon, June 6 and a large Yard Sale in Courtice. We will update as the details are solidified.
Thank you taking the time read this and please spread the news.
Together we can help prevent cancer.
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