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The Flight for the Fight - Ribbon of Hope

July 13, 2006

One Plane, two Lady Pilots, 600 Royal LePage Offices, 11,500 Royal LePage Sales People
and hundreds of yards of pink ribbon are raising awareness and research dollars for
the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

On July 29, 2006 Donna Bacher and Contessa Robinson will take to the air to become the first female pilot team to fly in the International Air Rally… They will be 'Team Royal LePage" and their plane will carry both the Royal LePage and the Pink Ribbon logo of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. In an effort to increase breast cancer awareness, they will also be carrying pink ribbons and information, supplied to them by the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, to the people who inhabit the northern extremities of Canada.

The International Air Rally will be completed in Quebec on August 10, 2006 and the Ribbon will continue its movement across Canada until Thanksgiving 2006. The Provincial Ribbons will then be joined together to symbolize Royal LePage in Canada, coast to coast, and presented to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

This year, the International Air Rally has been named the "Arctic Mission" and the team will take off from Hamilton, Ontario on a journey that will take them over 4500 miles and 13 days to complete. The Pilots hope that their participation and completion will symbolize the courage and faith exhibited by Breast Cancer Survivors and those who love them, right across Canada.

The Ribbon of Hope
On June 24th 2006, hundreds of yards of Pink Ribbon were sent to a central Royal LePage office in each of the provinces and the "Flight for the Fight - Ribbon of Hope" was born. Volunteers from Royal LePage State Realty in Hamilton will each be assigned a Province and will monitor the Ribbon's successful movement. The Ribbon will be passed from Royal LePage to Royal LePage Office where realtors, support staff and clients will be asked to write names on the Ribbon…of the people who have fought and won…and memories of those who have lost. As people write names on the Ribbon of Hope, they are encouraged to make a donation to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada…large or small…every donation will help make a difference.

Royal LePage State Realty, Hamilton, Ontario is proud to be the founder and 2006 Sponsor of the "Flight for the Fight - Ribbon of Hope" Campaign. In doing so they have already raised over $2,000 and are striving to reach an amount equivalent to $50.00 per agent. All offices are encouraged to try to meet this challenge… for if they do, Royal LePage, coast to coast has the ability to raise over $500,000 for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, much needed dollars that may prevent any one of us from being, or knowing, the next breast cancer statistic.

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada is a national, registered, volunteer-driven, non-profit, charitable organization. It was established in 1991 for the purpose of raising funds for Canadian research into the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer; as well as to ultimately find a cure for the disease women fear the most.


For further information:

Rany Xanthopoulo
Executive Director
Breast Cancer Society of Canada
118 Victoria St. N.
Sarnia, ON N7T 5W9
519 336-0746
800 567-8767
rany@bcsc.ca

 


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