Thirty-two CGI members were among nearly 1,400 bikers who gathered in Montreal on July 11, 2015, for a two-day trek to Québec City to raise money for cancer research and treatment. And, together, the CGI team —with generous sponsorships from OpenText, Cisco Systems, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and Fragomen Worldwide—raised $100,000 for the cause.
CGI members have participated in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer every year since 2012, raising a total of $450,000 through their participation.
Held in Montréal for the seventh year straight, this year’s event raised more than $4.9 million, making it the largest cycling fundraiser in Québec. The money raised will fund research and care at the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Center and its partner foundations across Québec.
CGI members agreed that this was an opportunity for them to demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility and play a significant role in the fight against cancer. "For me, it was the best experience of my life. It was amazing to see over 1,000 people working and enjoying themselves while supporting this important cause,” said Martha Rodriguez, CGI member and a first-time event participant.
Sylvie Boutin, co-captain and three-time event participant, affirmed, “What an experience! We were close to 1,400 cyclists who had the same goal—beating cancer. Many people proudly wore a yellow flag, indicating that they had had cancer, and I was proud to wear mine as well.”
Martha added, “I'm so proud to have participated in this event and received the opportunity to share with people who have been touched by this disease, some of whom are still fighting. My father didn’t make it, but he is always with me."
Rossana Di Gennaro, another first-time participant, shared, “As an occasional bike rider, who hadn`t been on a bike for years until three months prior to the ride, I knew it was going to be a challenge. But the team spirit, support, encouragement and inspiration from everyone involved sent a message of perseverance, determination and ‘you can do it.’ And, I did it! So, the weekend ended with a good feeling of satisfaction on many levels.”