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Moncton, April 6, 2018 –
The Electrifying Night Run returns on June 15th for its third edition. Walkers and runners are invited to take part in this race, which raises funds to support women with breast cancer. The race starts at 9PM in front of the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre.

“The Electrifying Night Run brings together all the elements needed to make for a memorable evening: physical activity, the opportunity to socialize and have fun between friends or as a family, and the opportunity of supporting a great cause while doing it!”, says Dr. Jocelyne Hébert, Surgeon at the Breast Health Center and member of the organizing committee.

The Electrifying Night Run is open to both pros and beginners. Participants have the option of walking or running – or a combination of the two – over a five kilometer course. Last year, the event unfolded in a festive and fun atmosphere and raked in $20,000.

Funds raised by the 2018 edition will be used to maintain the delivery of non-insured services for patients who need them and will continue to be used to improve the quality of life of patients of the Centre. A portion of funds raised this year will also go towards the development of a follow-up clinic for high-risk patients and for the establishment of a genetic testing service.

Jacques B. LeBlanc, President & CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, is convinced this year’s edition will be another great success for the Electrifying Night Run.

“We are very fortunate to have the Breast Health Centre’s expertise here at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. By participating, the community shows its support to both the Centre’s staff and to the patients who come to receive quality care. More than 500 people accepted the invitation last year allowing us to raise a sum of $20,000 which made a real difference in the lives of these patients. We hope to do even better this year.”

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Registration :

Online registration: runningroom.com or at the CHU Dumont Foundation office

Registration Fee: $30 / $35 per participant after May 31st

Deadline to receive t-shirt: June 10th

 

Media:

Isabelle Stewart

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CHU Dumont Foundation

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Moncton, April 5, 2018 - Mental Health Week will certainly not go unnoticed in New Brunswick. A Beacon in the Night is back for a fifth edition! This year, organizers will offer a gala concert and an art exhibition. But that’s not all! There will also be a 5 km run/walk!

“We are very pleased to see how this positive event has evolved. It brings people together,” said Dr. Patrick Marcotte, psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and the person behind A Beacon in the Night. “The main goal is to have people talk positively about mental health. Some of the participants were themselves faced with mental health issues. Others just want to support the cause. We invite the public to join us for the physical activity or to attend the concert. Once again, you are in for a great time!”

The run/walk will kick off Mental Health Week on May 6 starting at 9:30, at the Moncton 2010 Stadium with on-site registration. The cost is $20. There will be no charge for children.

The gala concert is slated for Saturday, May 12 at the Jeanne-de-Valois concert hall, on the Université de Moncton campus. The art exhibition starts at 5pm and the show will begin at 7 pm. The event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

“I've had the chance to see some of this year's artists perform during the auditions, and I can assure you it will be an amazing event," says Frank Williams, spokesperson for A Beacon in the Night. “I am a mental health nurse and a musician. I know how arts can have a positive impact on our state of mind and on our general health. The artists who will be performing this year have invested a lot of time and energy to prepare. I wholeheartedly hope that the audience will be there to support them.”

For Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, A Beacon in the Night has a special meaning.

“The CHU Dumont Foundation strongly supports this important campaign. We firmly believe it is important to do more so we can talk positively about mental health. We need to work together to help eliminate some of the prejudice around mental health issues. We are delighted to see that the event continues to be a success, and we invite the public to participate in large numbers again this year.”

The theme of the 5th edition

The theme chosen by the organizers for this fifth edition of A Beacon in the Night is the multiple facets of mental health disorders.

“There are commonalities between the various mental health disorders,” explains Dr. Marcotte. “They all come with suffering, stigma or misunderstanding and isolation. And, perception is altered, perception of self, of others, of life and of the future. However, there is a tendency to put all mental health problems in the same basket. It should not be this way. As in physical health, there are many disorders and many variations of these disorders. The appropriate attitudes and interventions vary according to the diagnosis. For society to better grasp the reality of psychiatry there must be a more differentiated approach. And this must happen soon.”   

For more information on the activities of A Beacon in the Night 2018:
Web: www.chudumont.ca (Campaigns and Events > A Beacon in the Night)
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To donate: www.chudumont.ca
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CHU Dumont Foundation
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Moncton, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - The eighth edition of the Tour of Hope will be the largest yet. More than 120 cyclists have registered for the event. The Tour of Hope is a 650 km cycling event over four days that raises funds for the Tree of Hope Campaign. The event also helps promote the importance of healthy living. The 2018 Tour of Hope will take place from July 26 to July 29. In 2017, the event raised $160,000.

Once again this year, cyclists from across the province will participate in the event:

  • Chaleur Region: 31
  • Southeast: 29
  • Edmundston Region: 22
  • Acadian Peninsula: 16
  • Saint-Quentin/Kedgwick: 12
  • Grand Falls: 3
  • Kent County: 3
  • Fredericton: 2
  • St. John/Rothesay: 2
  • Rogersville: 1
In 2017, the Tour of Hope brought together 67 cyclists. In 2016, 50 cyclists participated. The Tour of Hope Organizing Committee is thrilled with the number of registrations this year.

“The amount of interest in this year’s event is just incredible,” says Dr. Carole Williams, Co-Chair of the Tour of Hope. “The Northwest, Restigouche, Chaleur, Acadian Peninsula and the Southeast regions are all well-represented, and once again this year, we will have cyclists from different age groups and with different levels of experience. They will all come together to raise funds for the 30th Tree of Hope Campaign. I can tell you from experience that the funds raised make a real difference in the quality of care we can offer cancer patients here in New Brunswick.”

Denise Landry Nadeau, Co-Chair of the event, is enthusiastically looking forward to the 2018 edition of the Tour of Hope.

“What a great group of cyclists we have for the eighth edition! Among the 120 cyclists, some are participating for the first time, and others have taken part in previous editions. If previous years are any indication, a wonderful camaraderie will develop within the group. And let’s not forget what this is all about: raising funds for the 30th edition of the Tree of Hope Campaign and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”

The planning committee is thrilled at the growing popularity of the event, and is calling for volunteers who can help ensure the event runs smoothly.

“We are very pleased with the number of participants! It has far exceeded our expectations,” explains Jacques B. LeBlanc, president and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation and Chief Organizer for the event. “But with so many cyclists, we need to make sure we have a larger group of volunteers this year. Those who have given their time in the past will tell you it is a jam-packed weekend, but we all have fun and make new friends. We invite anyone interested in helping out to contact us.”

2018 is an important year for the Tree of Hope Campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since its inception in 1989, the campaign has raised more than $26 million. Funds raised have contributed to improved care at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and Satellite Units in Northern New Brunswick, cancer research efforts, and improved comfort of patients who stay free-of-charge at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge.

To become a Tour of Hope 2018 volunteer:
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An impressive sum of $95,000 was raised to benefit patients of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre during the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gala, held February 10th at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton.

The Valentine’s Day Gala, presented by National Bank, is one of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s signature fundraising events. Each year, the evening’s proceeds are invested in the improvement of health care services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. This year’s Gala will support important projects in three of the hospital’s sectors: Nephrology, the Surgical Suite, and Urology.

Dr. Kathy Ferguson is in charge of the Nephrology Department. “The patient currently receives his or her hemodialysis treatments a minimum of three times per week at the hospital; each treatment lasting about four hours. This makes it very hard for some patients – those working full-time for example. Our goal is to allow some of these patients to receive their treatments at home. A portion of funds raised through the 23rd annual Valentine’s Day Gala will be used to purchase equipment to make this possible. We’re very grateful for this tremendous support!”

More than 500 guests came together for this special evening to improve patient care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The reception in the mezzanine was followed by a sumptuous gourmet dinner prepared by Stefan Müller, Executive Chef at the Delta Beauséjour.

Guests also had the opportunity to participate in a silent and a live auction throughout the evening with many luxurious prizes up for grabs. Prizes included: a “Chef at Home” voucher where Delta Beauséjour’s Executive Chef, Stefan Müller, will come to the lucky winner`s home to prepare and serve a sumptuous dinner for ten people; a trip to Montreal to see a Montreal Canadiens game; and a gift card for two at the famous Windjammer restaurant, including one night’s accommodations in one of the Delta Beauséjour’s suites with breakfast.

To wrap things up, guests were invited to the after-party featuring Nine Mile River.

Dr. Martin Robichaud is the Medical Director at the CHU Dumont.

“The Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre depends on the support of the CHU Dumont Foundation to maintain the level of excellence of the health care services it offers. The Valentine’s Day Gala is one of the most important fundraisers benefitting the Foundation and, by extension, our Hospital. We’re very grateful to the guests and sponsors who contributed to the success of this event. This tremendous show of support will allow us to improve services offered in three departments of our Hospital.”

Réjean Després is Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic, at National Bank.

“National Bank has been a proud sponsor of the Valentine’s Day Gala since 1995. One of our organization’s priorities is to actively support the economic and social development of the communities we serve – and any good community must allow access to quality health care services. That’s why we’re pleased to continue our partnership with the CHU Dumont Foundation.”

For the Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation, Mr. René Collette, the continued support of activities such as this one clearly shows the importance that the population attaches to the work done by the Foundation and is a sign of trust.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of the community for key events like the Valentine’s Day Gala. I think people understand how much their support can make a positive difference in the quality of care offered at the CHU Dumont. Through the years, people have been steadfast in their support, as have our valued partners. This has allowed the completion of several major undertakings that make a direct and concrete difference in the lives of thousands of people in our community. This year’s Gala has been another great example of what we can accomplish when we work together.”
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Media:
Denis Robichaud, Director – Communications and Public Relations
CHU Dumont Foundation
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Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Auditions for the fifth edition of A Beacon in the Night will be held on Sunday, February 25th in Moncton.

A Beacon in the Night is a mental health campaign offering a comprehensive approach to recovery. It is also an awareness campaign intended to demystify mental health problems among the general population. This year, the event will take place from May 10 to 12, 2018 in Moncton.

The organizers are looking for musicians, singers and dancers to show their talent on stage and to increase awareness about mental health issues. This is an important cause.

Dr. Patrick Marcotte is a psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. He is the person behind the event.

“Some of the performers have faced mental health problems themselves. Others participate because they want to support the cause. We have had great success with past editions of A Beacon in the Night. The comments from the participants and the public are always very positive. For the artists, it is very beneficial to perform in front of the public and to have the opportunity to share their talents and their passion. Even in 2018, there are still so many myths that plague the realm of mental health. It is unfortunate. This unifying event allows us to set the record straight. It puts the spotlight on the successes and talents in the community.”

Ronaldo Richard is an artist. He has performed at the event in the past. “A Beacon in the Night is an event dear to my heart. My participation was an opportunity to share my own inner world with a most receptive and respectful audience. I felt surrounded by a large circle of friends. I had the opportunity to challenge myself and to share my passion. I strongly encourage people with a talent to show up at the auditions to get a taste for the event!”

The CHU Dumont Foundation is proud to support the fifth edition of A Beacon in the Night. Jacques B. LeBlanc is the President and CEO of the Foundation.

“It is clear to me that we need to talk more openly about mental health in our society. Sadly, there are still several taboos around this important issue. But I am convinced that initiatives like A Beacon in the Night can help to break these taboos. Thanks to this annual event and to the many artists who participate, we can talk positively about mental health and raise funds to improve patient care. I hope that many artists from the region are a part of the event this year!”

And the Spokesperson is Frank Williams

The organizers are also proud to announce that performer Frank Williams will be the spokesperson of the event. He is a well-known singer and musician and he was a finalist in the popular La Voix show. Frank is also a mental health nurse at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.

“This cause is very important to me," he said. "In my career in mental health, I have seen the extent to which the arts can play an important role in the recovery of a person. A Beacon in the Night is an inclusive event. It is a golden opportunity to get on the stage and present the result of one’s work. I strongly encourage those who want to share their talent and their passion to audition for the event on February 25th!”

Auditions for performers in song, music and dance will take place on February 25th, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jeanne-de-Valois concert hall on the Université de Moncton campus. Anyone wishing to register can send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Beacon in the Night will take place from May 10 to 12. The event will also give an important place to creators from other fields. Those who wish to exhibit or showcase books, paintings, drawings, photographs, knitwear and sculptures can express their interest by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Media:
Denis Robichaud, Director, Communications and Public Relations 
CHU Dumont Foundation
Telephone: 506 869-2835 / Cell: 506 380-8134
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