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Michel Garant’s Challenge – From sea to sea for Mira

May 28, 2012

STE-MADELEINE, QC, May 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – Michel Garant, paraplegic
for 8 years now, is about to embark on a cross Canada tour using a Top
End model, 27 speed adaptable strong arm bike, accompanied by Mollo, his faithful Mira Service Dog.

Despite being physically challenged due to an unfortunate snowboard
accident, Michel has maintained his contagious joie de vivre and is more active and happier than ever. With this spectacular
endeavour of 83 cities, 7,302 km in less than 90 days starting in Vancouver on June 9, Michel will be the first paraplegic
athlete to cross Canada on a strong arm bike and for a cause.

It is a daring task, but Michel is determined to make as many Canadians
as possible aware of the fact that Mira provides top quality specially
trained dogs free of charge, to individuals with one or many visual or
motor disabilities, and to children with Pervasive Development
Disorders such as autism.

Michel also wants to use this extraordinary journey to promote the fact
that Mira has given 46 dogs to Canadians living outside of Quebec and the Maritimes.  In order to meet the ever expanding demand for
Mira’s free Service Dogs, he will be rolling out the first cross Canadian campaign to call upon the generosity of Canadians
across the land. Michel will reach out to millions of Canadians and
hopes to see them cheering him on and donating to Mira’s Foundation, as
he passes through their communities.

The visionary founder Eric St-Pierre has made Mira a pioneer and leader
in training Service Dogs for challenged people in a unique and
innovative way.

Each year, approximately 180 new handicapped people are served, and
follow-up services are provided to the users of more than 800 dogs
already in service.  Mira has provided 2,000 guide dogs and service
dogs since its creation in 1981.  Each dog represents an investment of
$30,000 and is given free of charge.  The Mira Foundation is a
non-profit organization employing 83 people. Receiving no government
funding, its annual financing depends entirely on fundraising events
organized by thousands of volunteers and generous donors.

Look out for the Michel Garant’s Challenge for Mira coming to your community, and please be there to cheer Michel in his
quest to cross our great country to raise funds for Mira.  Meanwhile,
we invite you to visit his website at www.michelgarant.ca


Source: PR Newswire