MONTREAL, Dec. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The 11th Guignolée du Dr Julien raised more than $ 830,000 in monetary donations as of the evening of December 14th, a record compared to last year's $550,000. 83 % of all donations were given by individuals, another proof of how the cause of vulnerable children is getting more and more popular support in Quebec.
« This outpouring of solidarity gives us reason to believe that, more than ever, Quebecers are touched by the plight of vulnerable children. In communities where the Fondation du Dr Julien is present, one kid in two is not ready to enter school. We sorely need popular support to pursue our mission to accompany these kids and help every one of them develop to his/her own full potential », declared Dr. Gilles Julien, Founder and President of the Fondation du Dr Julien.
The Fondation du Dr Julien would like to particularly thank its 450 volunteers that went out and braved the cold this December 14th as well as its partners, both event spokespeople Ève Christian and Christian Bégin, and finally, the whole "Samedi et Rien d'Autre" team, a radio show hosted by Joël Le Bigot and broadcasted live from the Guignolée on Radio-Canada's Première chaîne.
The many gifts that were received will enable 1,100 kids to get a nice surprise this Christmas and to bring joy to many families these holidays.
The Guignolée du Dr Julien continues
The population can give until January 15th, 2014.
Online - By visiting the www.guignoleedrjulien.org.
By phone - By dialling the 1-855-Dr-Julien.
By Mobile - You can give with your mobile by texting DR JULIEN to 80100. TELUS, a privileged partner of the Fondation du Dr Julien, will double the amount up to $ 20,000.
By Mail - At the Fondation du Dr Julien : 1601, Aylwin Street, Montreal, QC, H1W 3B9.
December 14th, Community Social Pediatrics Day
December 14th also marked the Community Social Pediatrics Day, a movement supported by the Fondation du Dr Julien. On this occasion, community social pediatrics centres located elsewhere in Montreal (Centre-Sud, Montréal-Nord, Saint-Laurent, Verdun) and in Quebec (Berthierville, Cowansville, Gatineau, Laval, Lévis, Québec, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Trois-Rivières) held their annual guignolée. As each centre is self-financing, the amount gathered will be used to provide services to their own communities' vulnerable families and children.
About the Guignolée du Dr Julien
The Guignolée du Dr Julien collects donations for the Fondation du Dr Julien, a non-profit helping more than 2000 kids and their families through its two Community Social Pediatrics centers, the l'Assistance d'enfants en difficulté (AED) in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and the Centre de services préventifs à l'enfance (CSPE) in Côte-des-Neiges, as well as the Garage à musique. Services provided include medical, psychosocial, psycho-educational or educational intervention, innovative therapies (art therapy, ergotherapy, music therapy), adapted services (orthophony, psychology, pedopsychiatry and neuropsychology), and various other sport and cultural activities (summer camps, music courses, theatre, shows, etc.). Funds gathered will also enable the Fondation to accompany community social pediatrics emerging elsewhere in Quebec.
Image with caption: "Christian Bégin and Ève Christian, event spokespersons, the young Sophie, Santa Claus, and Dr. Gilles Julien, Founder and President of the Fondation du Dr Julien. (CNW Group/Fondation du Dr Julien)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131214_C4713_PHOTO_EN_34978.jpg
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