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Skiers to tackle the mountain in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation MONT TREMBLANT, Québec (October 18, 2001) - Tremblant announced today that funds raised at its upcoming Grand Prix 24h de Tremblant will benefit the work of the...

Skiers to tackle the mountain in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

MONT TREMBLANT, Québec (October 18, 2001) - Tremblant announced today that funds raised at its upcoming Grand Prix 24h de Tremblant will benefit the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes.

In Québec, more than 34 persons are diagnosed with diabetes daily. Those affected find their life expectancy diminished by approximately 15 years, and at an increased risk of developing complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputation. The truth of the matter is, we all know someone who has diabetes.

Firmly resolved to join in the fight to find a cure for this disease, Tremblant, in association with Formula One racing star Jacques Villeneuve and his Formula Charity foundation, will host the first Grand Prix 24h de Tremblant, a 24-hour ski marathon December 14-16, that will raise much needed funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as support the efforts of the Fondation Tremblant, a charitable organization that provides support to local children in need.

The majestic beauty of Mont Tremblant's snow-capped mountains and Québec joie de vivre will serve as an extraordinary backdrop for this important fundraising initiative, as an international cast of sports and entertainment stars descend on the picturesque village, Eastern North America's #1 resort for a 5th year in a row according to Ski Magazine, to kick of the holiday season.

Villeneuve, along with Formula Charity partner Craig Pollock, principle of Formula One's British American Racing team, will extend their highly successful Grand Prix 24h fund raising ski events, which are held annually in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, to North America, selecting Mont Tremblant for the charity's first winter foray outside of Europe.

Scores of enthusiasts are expected to ascend the mountain to ski alongside local and international personalities as well as enjoy fun-filled days and nights of mingling, entertainment and exclusive parties. And, if this year's North American launch of the Grand Prix 24h Tremblant is like its sister event in Villars, spectators will have much to enjoy. Celebrities from the world of Formula One racing, prominent business people, singers and fashion models are among those who are regularly spotted on the Swiss slopes during the Grand Prix weekend.

"This great celebration at Tremblant will allow us to discover a group of extremely determined individuals firmly fixed on tackling their own personal and team goals," says Québec music star Daniel Lavoie, spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. "The atmosphere will be magic, that is certain. Donations to this event are a gesture of hope, and will encourage thousands of youngsters as they deal with the day-to-day reality of living with diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is working towards a cure. We know that victory is possible. We will keep up the intensity of our effort right through to the finish line."

While celebrity teams of skiers will compete in the Grand Prix 24h de Tremblant, there are many other categories for those interested in hitting the slopes for juvenile diabetes research. An open category welcomes families, skiers, snowboarders, telemark and mini-ski enthusiasts, while junior and senior categories are scheduled for those 11 to 17, and 50 years plus, respectively. Additionally, there are special classes for paralympic skiers and endurance racers, as well as a corporate category for businesses and associations who would like to help out while they have fun away from the office

"It's a must not miss," says Villeneuve. "It will be the highlight of the holiday season and is a great way for families and friends to get together for a weekend of fun and entertainment. There's nothing better than participating in something fun that helps a good cause.

Mont Tremblant is the perfect setting for this event," says Villeneuve. "Wherever I happen to be in the world, Québec is my home and I can't help inviting the people I meet to come discover its many attractions. It's a vacation destination that suits everyone's tastes. Each season has its unique appeal, and winter certainly has its own special charm. I think a journey to Tremblant in December for the Grand Prix 24h, is definitely worth the trip "

Information on how to participate is available on the event website at (and follow the link to the Grand Prix 24h de Tremblant) or by calling 819-681-3000 extension 45562.

About the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Founded in Montréal, in 1974, by parents of children with diabetes who were determined to find a cure, JDRF has a focused mission: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. In the last four years, JDRF has funded more than $24 million for diabetes research in Canada - $8.8 million in the year 2000 alone. In the province of Québec, JDRF finances research projects at McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke. Many important breakthroughs in research on diabetes have taken place in Canada.

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Series Charity , Formula 1
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