OTTAWA, April 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As preparations kick into high gear for Canada’s 2012 National March For Life, set to take place on Thursday, May 10 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the event’s list of sponsors is surging as more and more organizations are supporting the largest annual pro-life event in Canada.
The theme of this year’s National March For Life is “Abortion Hurts Everyone.”
Platinum sponsors so far are the Knights of Columbus (KoC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, both organizations offering strong and continual support for the National March For Life. Notably, the KoC contributed $25,000 to the event, well in excess of the $5,000 threshold for Platinum-level sponsors.
The KoC have also sponsored buses for the past several years from numerous towns and cities. The initiative came as part of a 2009 resolution by the Ontario KoC in which they declared: “We must spill over into the streets of Ottawa with not 8,000 but 80,000.”
Ontario dioceses, including the Archdioceses of Ottawa and Toronto, have become Gold sponsors, while some individual bishops, including Bishop Frederick Colli of Thunder Bay and Bishop Richard Gagnon of Victoria, British Columbia, have become Bronze sponsors.
Silver sponsors this year include the Companions of the Cross, a Roman Catholic community of priests and seminarians based in Ottawa; the priests of the Madonna House Apostolate, which is a Catholic community of lay men, women, and priests based in Combermere, Ontario; and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, an association that represents teachers in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
Numerous media organizations, including the Catholic Register, CHRI Family Radio, ChristianWeek, and LifeSiteNews.com are also sponsoring the 2012 National March for Life.
Chris Murawsky of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), which organizes the yearly National March for Life in Ottawa, told LifeSiteNews that sponsorships of the event are very important to the continuing success of pro-life work in Canada and a statement by the contributors of support for the right to life of all people from conception to natural death.
“We appreciate and thank the sponsors who have committed themselves thus far, and look forward to participating in the March with them,” Murawsky said.
For more information visit the National March for Life website.