Volunteering is something you learn as a child!



    Centraide marks the 10th anniversary of its Caring for Others School
    Project, an awareness event to awaken children to the importance of
    community involvement

    MONTREAL, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The roots of volunteering are put down
early in life. That is why, for the past ten years, Centraide has been holding
a vast annual mobilization throughout Quebec to awaken children to the
importance of volunteering and community service: the Caring for Others School
Project. This morning, over 9,000 Grade 4 students in 200 primary schools were
visited by community workers and volunteers who exemplify models of caring and
civic engagement.
    Caring for Others aims to introduce children to the significance of
volunteering while encouraging them to help others. Since its inception in
2000, this Centraide program has reached about 135,000 9- and 10-year-old
elementary school students.
    During the past few weeks, participating students developed their
knowledge of volunteering by completing a booklet containing exercises and
learning games, watching a video clip on volunteering and singing the Caring
for Others theme song. Today's class visit and personal testimony by adults
involved in their community was the high point of the activity.
    "We want to help children discover the pleasure of helping others by
offering them models of people who are involved, and to make them aware of
what they can contribute to society, " explained Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire,
president and executive director of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
    The 10th anniversary of the Caring for Others School Project was
officially celebrated at the "80, ruelle de l'avenir" initiative, an annex of
Garneau elementary school. In the presence of volunteers who were involved
with the first editions of the project, storyteller Claude Lafortune and
singer-songwriter Nancy Dumais, children discovered the joys of volunteering
and participated in caring activities. Chef and TV host Louis-François
Marcotte was on hand also to help the kids cook for neighbourhood seniors.

    In Quebec, Centraide relies on an essential network of 140,000 volunteers
who are involved in the 1,500 community agencies and projects it supports as
well as in its fundraising activities. Over 1.3 million people are helped by
Centraide.




For further information:

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Coordinator Public Relations,
Centraide of Greater Montreal, (514) 288-1261, ext. 242,
gagnona@centraide-mtl.org, www.centraide-mtl.org

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