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Grocery industry supports Ride to Conquer Cancer 2024, helping set record with $20.6M fundraising effort

Ride to Conquer Cancer surpasses all-time fundraising total and raises over $20.6 million benefitting The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (CNW Group/Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation)

Princess Margaret’s Ride to Conquer Cancer raised $20.6 million this year, the highest amount fundraised since its inception in 2007.

More than 3,800 riders began the annual two-day 200-kilometre journey from Exhibition Place in Toronto, with an additional 400 riders starting from Niagara Falls. Members of the food industry stepped up to help too, raising more than $100,000 for the cause.

“We are pleased to announce the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised an additional $600 thousand since the start line,” says Steve Merker, vice president of corporate and community partnerships and co-founder of the Ride. “With the invaluable contributions of Mike and Francesca Quinn, Norbert Frischkorn, Peter Gilgan, Som Seif, Tim Hockey, Greg Wolfond, Gareth Seltzer, Rocco Rossi, Lawrence Zimmering, Andrew Graham, TJ Donnelly, Billy Buckley, and the generous match by board chair Richard Rooney we have achieved an all-time fundraising amount in a single year of $20.6 million.”

The announcement was made on June 8 at the end of Day 1 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. Riders had gathered for Camp night festivities before embarking on the final leg of their ride towards the Niagara Falls finish line on June 9.

“This year’s monumental accomplishment stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication, generosity and spirit of our Ride community,” says Dr. Miyo Yamashita, president and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. “The substantial donations, coupled with committed Riders, sponsors, and volunteers, will fuel continued progress in the fight to conquer cancer, offering hope to countless individuals and families affected by this disease.”

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