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Mount Royal, April 20, 2010 – At this year’s edition—the sixth—of its annual Walk-a-Town event, the Mount Royal Volunteer Centre will be proud to count Marguerite Blais among the walkers. Ms. Blais is the Quebec government’s minister responsible for seniors. Showing her personal support for the Volunteer Centre’s efforts during this important fundraiser, she has warmly accepted an invitation to join the elected officials of Mount Royal’s Council for the short walk on Town streets.

In previous years, the Walk-a-Town event has been a major source of community funding for the Volunteer Centre, which assists Mount Royal’s seniors and other citizens with reduced autonomy. Through its volunteers, the organization provides services such as transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and even offers friendly visits. In 2009, the Walk-a-Town netted about $4,000 for the Volunteer Centre, the same goal that is targeted this year.

Councillor Philippe Roy emphasizes that “the Volunteer Centre provides a number of services offered by no one else in the municipality and contributes to the well-being of several hundred residents. Demand for these services is constantly growing. As in past years, Town Council will be at the event on Saturday, May 1, beginning at 10:00, to show its support for the organization.”

The Mount Royal Volunteer Centre, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, plans to close the 2010 edition of its Walk-a-Town with its now traditional barbecue. Walkers, volunteers, families and other supporters—even those who don’t take part in the walk—are invited to join in the fun by coming to the Recreation Centre (60 Roosevelt Avenue) between noon and 13:30, all for a good cause.

To obtain more information about the 2010 Walk-a-Town or to volunteer their services, Mount Royal residents can call the Volunteer Centre at 514-734-2923 or its coordinator, Suzette Clément, at 514-341-1927