Third Edition of ACCEO Solutions' Relay Race between Montreal and Québec Exceeds Expectations
MONTREAL, Sept. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - ACCEO Solutions, a Canadian leader in information technology and business and financial solutions for SMBs, raised more than $105 000 for the community social pediatrics movement at the third edition of the Course pour les enfants ACCEO (ACCEO's Race for the Children).
This year, more than 120 runners, including both ACCEO Solutions staff and participants from community social pediatrics centres, ran the distance between Québec and Montreal in a series of relays.
At the finish line were Dr. Gilles Julien, the founder and president of the Fondation du Dr Julien, and many children supported by the Foundation. "For many years now, ACCEO Solutions has championed Dr. Julien's cause. ACCEO Solutions and its employees have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children from vulnerable communities, and we're very proud of our commitment to the Fondation and of the participation of our teams," explained Gilles Létourneau, president and CEO of ACCEO Solutions, who himself took part in the final relay.
Last year, the Course pour les enfants ACCEO raised nearly $40 000. In 2013, nearly $30 000 was donated at the first edition of the race. This increase is in keeping with ACCEO Solutions' desire to focus its social commitment on children's causes in order to maximize the impact of its charitable activities. The funds raised will mainly go towards the development of the Main dans la Main CSPC (community social pediatrics centre) in Cowansville, which opened its doors in June 2014. Part of the money will also go to the other centres which participated in the Course pour les enfants ACCEO, as well as to the Fondation du Dr Julien. There are currently 18 community social pediatrics centres throughout Quebec. Their mission, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is to give all children in vulnerable environments the chance to realize their full potential.
"ACCEO Solutions has become an invaluable partner of the Fondation and has found a unique and powerful way to help collect funds in order to better raise awareness of our mission, while involving its employees as well. We're very grateful to them," said Dr. Gilles Julien.
Doing the Race Solo: One Runner Stands Out
Joan Roch, a well-known ultramarathoner and ACCEO Solutions employee, ran the entire distance between Québec and Montreal (over 250 km) on his own. Having just recently returned from the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc at the end of August, Joan was certainly pushing his limits by participating in the Course. "Québec-Montreal was a real challenge, but Dr. Julien's cause is one that deserves our best efforts. I gave my very best, and I'd like to thank everyone who generously contributed to this fundraising event," said Joan Roch, who in a few weeks will be running in the Grand Raid de l'île de la Réunion.
About ACCEO Solutions
Leading Canadian IT company ACCEO Solutions specializes in the design, implementation, integration, and support of management software; e-business development; and payment, professional, and technical services. ACCEO Solutions, which is currently experiencing an active growth phase, boasts nearly 1000 employees, approximately 60 000 clients, and annual revenues exceeding $100 million. For more information, please go to www.acceo.com.
About the Fondation du Dr Julien
The Fondation du Dr Julien is a charitable organization which, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, aims to give all children in vulnerable environments the chance to realize their full potential. It leads the community social pediatrics movement, which comprises 18 centres in Quebec which provide services to 4000 at-risk children and their families. The Fondation itself helps more than 2000 children annually through its Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Côte-des-Neiges community social pediatrics centres and its Garage à musique music workshop. As a centre of expertise, training, and research, the Fondation provides training, certification, and guidance to ensure the development of community social pediatrics centres. For more information, please go to www.fondationdrjulien.org.
SOURCE ACCEO Solutions Inc.
Image with caption: "The participants of ACCEO’s Race for the Children cross the finish line, having raised 105,500 dollars for the community social pediatrics movement. (CNW Group/ACCEO Solutions Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150913_C5258_PHOTO_EN_495581.jpg
For further information: Information: André Desjardins, Senior Marketing Manager, Shared Services, ACCEO Solutions Inc., 514 288-7161, Ext. 3586, [email protected]; Émilie Russo, Communications and Public Relations Officer, Fondation du Dr Julien, 514-707-2090, [email protected]