SARAH’S FUND FOR CEDARS: CELEBRATES THE 18TH EDITION OF SPLASH & DASH
Montreal, November 4th, 2019: Bright and early on Saturday, November 2rd, 2019, over 500 people including 300 race participants gathered at the McGill Sports Complex for the 18th edition of Splash & Dash, which raises funds for Sarah’s Floor at the Montreal Children’s Hospital through Sarah’s Fund for Cedars. Each team made up of three people ranged from families with young children to corporate teams. What these teams all had in common was a desire to bring awareness, raise necessary funds and help Sarah’s Fund for Cedars Go Beyond their wildest dreams for paediatric oncology.
Splash & Dash raises money for Sarah’s Fund for Cedars, founded in 2001 by a then 8-year old girl undergoing treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma. Since its inception Sarah’s Fund has raised over $12 million to support the needs of the Hematology-Oncology division at The Montreal Children’s Hospital.
All races that took place throughout the day had three components: run swim run or swim bike run! The high energy, family friendly competition was accentuated by the spirited music, blow up attractions, fantastic food and tantalizing raffle prizes!
The annual Heroes & Celebrity race was as always, the day’s highlight. Local Montreal celebrities raced with the true heroes of the day, the patients of Sarah’s Floor. With bright smiles and resilience that inspired all who attended the day’s participants gathered to watch the Heroes race; a powerful reminder as to why the Montreal community has come together for the past 18 years for Splash & Dash and Sarah’s Fund for Cedars.
The 18th Annual Splash & Dash would not be possible without the incredible help of the Gold Sponsors: Pfizer, CN, Christina Miller Read Estate Group, Air Canada Foundation, Gildan, Kamik, 3Macs/Raymond James, Rossy Foundation, Summit Maritime Corporation and Stikeman Elliott, A huge thank you as well to the Race Sponsors: Argus Transport Canada, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Credit Suisse, Fednav, Lallemand, Novarthis, Paysafe, Philhobar, and Sigvaris Group.
The day would not have been the success it was without the dedication, enthusiasm and support of our volunteers.
All proceeds from Splash & Dash will support Sarah’s Fund for Cedars who has made its mission to make a meaningful difference in every child’s life that has been touched by cancer at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
The mission of the Cedars Cancer Foundation is to support the Cedars Cancer Centre at the MUHC and Sarah’s Floor at the Montreal Children’s Hospital by providing exceptional patient care, treatment, research and training benefitting the Cedars’ pediatric, young adult, palliative and adult philanthropic missions.
For more information, contact: Wendy Lutfy Cherbaka firstname.lastname@example.org Splash & Dash Event Manager 514 656 6662 x 226
2019 Splash & Dash Air Canada Raffle Ticket Winners
Two Economy Class return tickets valid for travel to any Air Canada scheduled destination
in North America including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.
*certain conditions apply.
A 60” Sony Smart TV
Canada Goose one women’s parka
Please e-mail: Wendy Lutfy at the Cedars Cancer Foundation at: email@example.com to claim your prize.
A thank you note from Event Chair: Stefanie ButtI'd like to first and foremost thank everyone who took part in this year’s Splash and Dash and to all who helped us celebrate life and our 18th edition, 2019 was a milestone year for us. I am so proud of what we have accomplished.
We have come a long way since our inception, but we continue to perpetuate Sarah Cook’s vision. We have seen Splash and Dash grow, evolve and transform into an event our community continuously looks forward to each and every year. This year we brought the event into adulthood and celebrated life and the courage of our heroes. They are the reason we exist, their bravery, courage, determination and strength make them true super heroes in all of our eyes.
Thanks to Splash and Dash’s fundraising efforts we are able to continue supporting programs on Sarah’s Floor that make a difference in both the lives of the patients and their families. These vital services bring a sense of normalcy and joy to the patients and their families as they fight one of their toughest battles.
Thank you to our dedicated and seasoned volunteers, who are always ready to pitch in and who come out year after year to help us and help make Splash and Dash what it is. Thank you to Pfizer our title sponsor for its continued commitment to Splash and Dash, as well as all our sponsors, Splash and Dash would not have been possible without your incredible support.
Thank you to Christina Antoniou and Tiffany Turner our sponsorship committee co-chairs and to the sponsorship committee for all their hard work soliciting our corporate sponsors. The Committee exceeded its fundraising goal. Thank you to our honorary chairs Doug and Brina Lewin for taking on this role and helping us reach our fundraising goals.
I would like to personally thank the Cedars team who has been a constant source of support and professionalism. I wouldn’t have made it to this day without your tireless effort and behind the scenes help. A very special thank you to Wendy for all your hard work and help throughout the planning process. Thank you for being my partner for the last 3 years.
Thank you to the organizing committee who spent countless hours preparing for this day, your dedication and devotion to Splash and Dash cannot be measured and I thank you for supporting me over the last 3 years. You are an extraordinary group of individuals who is always ready to roll with the punches and always remembers that this day is all about having fun. I consider myself very lucky to have such a committed and enthusiastic team to work with.
Lastly, thank you to Norman, Lorena and Sarah Cook for continuing to believe in my leadership skills and giving me the privilege to make Splash and Dash GO Beyond its wildest dreams and continuing the vision Sarah had 18 years ago. It’s been an honour and privilege to lead this amazing event for the last 3 years.
I am very confident in the leadership of Sarah Halickman, I know I leave the event in very qualified and skillful hands. I look forward to what the future has to offer for Splash and Dash.
Chair, Splash & Dash 2019