MEDIA ALERT Veterinary Professionals Ride 320 km for Seniors by sdaferv

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									                                                                                                 Healing pets. Helping people.

                                                                                                   420 Bronte Street South, Ste 205
                                                                                                               Milton, ON L9T 0H9
                                                                                                          Toll Free: 1.888.262.9811
                                                                                                          www.farleyfoundation.org




                                                    MEDIA ALERT:
                           Veterinary Professionals Ride 320 km for
                   Seniors, Disabled Individuals & Women at Risk of Abuse*
<September 10, 2008> Milton, ON — This weekend 10 veterinarians and animal health industry professionals from
around Ontario will cycle more than 320 km through northern Ontario to raise funds and awareness for the Farley
Foundation – a charitable organization which assists seniors, disabled persons and women at risk of abuse* with the
emergency veterinary care of the pets that mean the world to them.

Canadian artist and cartoonist Lynn Johnston has created exclusive artwork for Ride for Farley which will be featured on
original Ride for Farley cycling gear manufactured solely for this event. The artwork features the original Farley
character* riding alongside a cyclist. (see the image at www.farleyfoundation.org)

Each cyclist will raise a minimum of $1,000 for people and pets in need. During last year’s ride, 21 individuals raised in
excess of $23,000.

2008 Ride for Farley Details:
This year’s Ride for Farley will take place in two stages. The first set of cyclers (listed below) will begin their journey on
Thursday, September 11, departing from Mindemoya (Manitoulin Island) at 7 a.m. to complete a 240 km journey to
Laurentian Lodge in Elliot Lake. This leg of the Ride is expected to take about 8 hours, with the cyclers averaging in
excess of 30 km per hour.

The three riders will then meet up with colleagues at the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association’s conference which
takes place this year at Laurentian Lodge. The second leg of Ride for Farley 2008 takes place on Saturday, September 13
when both groups listed below will ride a challenging 80 km through the rugged Deer Trail (north of Elliot Lake). The full
set of riders will depart from Laurentian Lodge at 2 p.m. and are expected back at the Lodge at approximately 6 p.m.

Photo Opportunity

When:            Saturday, September 13, 2008
                 6:00 p.m. (expected return time) – Watch the full set of riders come in from the day’s ride.

Where:           The larger event begins and ends at Laurentian Lodge, Elliot Lake, ON
                 For directions, visit: http://www.laurentianlodge.com/content/map/

                 Participants who will cycle 320 km (240 km + 80 km):
                 Dr. Dale Scott, Scott Veterinary Services                                             (Mindemoya)
                 Darren Osborne, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association                                (OVMA, Milton)
                 Dr. Shawn Bruch, College Manor Veterinary Hospital                                    (Newmarket)
                 Participants who will cycle 80 km:
                 Dr. Renee Bourque, West Park Animal Hospital                                          (Hamilton)
                 Dr. Ted Kilpatrick, Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic                                     (Bowmanville)
                 Dr. Jim Hysen, Lockerby Animal Hospital                                               (Sudbury)
                 Dr. Stephanie Marquette, Cassells Animal Hospital                                     (North Bay)
                 Dr. Carol Sanio, Minden Animal Hospital                                               (Minden)
                 Lisa Wood, Lynwood Animal Hospital
                 (Registered Veterinary Technincian, Canadian Veterinary Dental Tehnician)             (Nepean)
                 Marie Ramoutar, Veterinary Student, Ontario Veterinary College, Class of 2009         (Guelph)

The Farley Foundation assists seniors and disabled persons on limited incomes, and women at risk of abuse* to access
non-elective veterinary care for their pets. Established in 2002 by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the
Foundation has distributed almost $500,000 to assist over 1,400 pets.
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*North Bay native Lynn Johnston created the Farley cartoon character as part of her syndicated comic strip, For Better or
For Worse®. The beloved English sheepdog was a member of the comic strip’s Patterson family, and died while
attempting to save April Patterson, who had fallen in a ravine. The Farley Foundation is named in honour of this much
loved character.

**OVMA’s SafePet Program assists women at risk of abuse (and their children) who are entering women’s shelters to
make the final decision to leave abusive situations by providing temporary housing and care for their pets while they are in
women’s shelters. Women seeking shelter, should contact a local women’s shelter or call 1.866.863.0511 (TTY
1.866.863.7868). Individuals interested in becoming pet foster parents should contact a local veterinarian or visit
www.ovma.org for details.
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For more information about the Farley Foundation or Ride for Farley contact:
Nadia Vercillo, Manager of Communications and Public Relations, nvercillo@ovma.org
Farley Foundation 1.888.262.9811, ext. 4
Ontario Veterinary Medical Association 905.875.0756/1.800.670.1702, ext. 15

								
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