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Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and London, Ont. – October 16, 2017 – UFCW Canada activists from across the country recently joined thousands of participants for the annual Light the Night walks in Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and London, Ontario to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).
In Montreal, TUAC Quebec activists and family members joined thousands of other participants in Jean-Drapeau Park for the 13th Annual Light the Night walk, where over $1 million was raised to support the LLSC’s life-saving efforts to fight blood cancers.
In Winnipeg, UFCW Canada Local 832 members, officers, and staff gathered at The Forks to help make a difference in the lives of more than 138,000 Canadians affected by leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and other blood cancers.
In Vancouver, UFCW Canada Local 247 and Local 1518 activists and family members marched through Stanley Park to support blood cancer patients and survivors. At the walk, participants carried illuminated lanterns symbolizing light in the dark world of cancer, with red lanterns for supporters, white ones for patients and survivors, and gold to remember loved ones lost.
In London, meanwhile, representatives and family members from UFCW Canada Local 1006A and Locals 175 & 633 walked through Springbank Gardens at twilight, to raise funds for the LLSC’s patient support services, advocacy work, and research.
At all four events, UFCW Canada and TUAC Local Unions organized top fundraising teams, and together their combined efforts raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of the LLSC.
Since adopting the LLSC as our union’s charity of choice over 30 years ago, UFCW Canada activists, family, and friends have raised over $38 million dollars for the Society.