The annual event raises funds for critical priorities at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

TORONTO – September 19, 2018 – This Sunday, September 23rd, hundreds of grateful patients, families, staff, physicians and cycling enthusiasts will gather at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre to ride in support of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

Cycle 4 St. Joe’s has raised over $1 million over the past five years, helping improve and create facilities like the new Dr. Jennifer Bender Block Room for pre-operative procedures.

This year’s ride is presented by Medavie Blue Cross. Marc Avaria, Vice President, Group Life & Disability Management, said, “Medavie Blue Cross is proud to ride in support of St. Joe’s Health Centre. We exist to support the communities where we operate, and care about St. Joe’s impact in the community. Mental health and access to health care is something we are very passionate about – which is why we are proud to be this year’s presenting sponsor of Cycle 4 St. Joe’s. It’s also another way to show our commitment to improving the health and well-being of Canadians.”
Other sponsors include Mattamy Homes, Spidertech, BLG and CIBC.

“Many of the riders in Cycle 4 St. Joe’s participate because it’s their way of giving back and saying thank-you for the care they received.” Maria Dyck, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation says “Cycle 4 St. Joe’s is an important part of our Promise Campaign that has raised almost $100 million to support better care for our west end neighbours. We’re so thankful to all the Cycle participants for making their promise to help St. Joe’s continue to be here for our west end community.”

Cycle 4 St. Joe’s has four routes through the beautiful Milton countryside. Routes range from 10km to 85km, so there’s a ride for all ages and abilities. The ride starts at 9:00am outside the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Velodrome).

Cycle 4 St. Joe’s is a key fundraising event for St. Joseph’s Health Centre. This year the Foundation’s top priority is to raise funds to build a new Emergency Department. St. Joe’s has the busiest Emergency in central Toronto and is the fifth busiest in Ontario. Every year the ED receives 100,000 visits but was built to handle only 60,000. With help from supporters like participants in Cycle, St. Joe’s will build an Emergency Department better equipped to care for the 500,000 people in its west-end community.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Devine
Director of Marketing & Communications
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation
Office: 416 530-6486
Cell: 416 451-2594
kdevine@stjoestoronto.ca