MONTRÉAL, March 27, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 1,000 people participated today in the Soupe Pour Elles event to raise awareness of women's homelessness. In addition to attracting strong participation, the campaign led by Gaz Métro has so far raised over $80,000 for the La Rue des Femmes organization, which helps homeless women in Montréal.
As part of the L'Effet A movement, which aims to foster ambition in women, five businesswomen, including Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro, took on a challenge. For Sophie Brochu, ambition can take many forms and she draws her motivation from never forgetting those who have lost everything. Her challenge was to organize a large event to bring together people from all walks of life to raise awareness of women's homelessness.
"This crazy adventure called Soupe Pour Elles has opened my eyes to the world of women's homelessness. I have met some wonderful people and bore witness to an unparalleled outpouring of generosity. I would like to thank partners and donators from the bottom of my heart, and I sincerely hope that this solidarity with La Rue des Femmes will help them continue to accomplish great things," noted Sophie Brochu.
During the midday event, soup and coffee were served to guests who were invited to continue offering donations to comfort ill and injured women. The La Rue des Femmes choirs gave a moving performance, with the audience joining in freely.
Thanks to Soupe pour elles partners : Aon, Bell Canada, Banque Nationale du Canada, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, La Coop Fédérée, Desjardins, Financière Sun life, Banque TD et Transcontinental.
Thanks to our service partners services : Cabana Séguin, Canadian Tire, CNW Telbec, Cossette, Groupe ABP, Groupe Colpron, Groupe Compass, Ivanhoé Cambridge, La Place Ville Marie, Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, McDonald's, Métrocom, TACT Intelligence-Conseil et Témoin Productions.
You can still donate to La Rue des Femmes at SoupePourElles.com. Please be generous!
About Gaz Métro
With more than $6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves 300 municipalities and more than 195,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 305,000 customers. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development and operation of innovative, promising energy projects such as the production of wind power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and employees.
SOURCE Gaz Métro
For further information: Gaz Métro, Catherine Houde, Tel.: 514 598-3449, Communications@gazmetro.com, www.twitter.com/gazmetro #Soupepourelles, www.soupepourelles.com, www.effet-a.com