MONTREAL, May 14, 2012 /CNW/ -
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 9 to 12 pm (Haiti time)
Grace Children's Hospital - Port au Prince, Haiti
Former NHL player Georges Laraque and Vision Mondiale Quebec Acting Director, Carolyn Hébert, on a visit to International Child Care Grace Children's Hospital in Port au Prince to view the progress made since 2011. International Child Care has successfully completed demolition and clearing of damaged hospital structures. The team is now in the process of procuring the final hospital design to allow for commencement of physical construction of permanent hospital facilities.
Haitian-Canadian Georges Laraque, is raising awareness for Hockey for Haiti, a fundraising initiative that he started in collaboration with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and Vision Mondiale.
Approximately 80 percent of the buildings at Grace Children's Hospital were damaged beyond repair by the 2010 earthquake, yet it continues to provide essential health care from transitional facilities that have been constructed through the support of Hockey for Haiti. Operated by International Child Care, the hospital is one of Haiti's leading pediatric hospitals for the treatment of HIV and tuberculosis.
Georges Laraque, former NHL player
Carolyn Hébert, Québec Acting Director, Vision Mondiale Canada
About Vision Mondiale
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision has been working in Haiti for more than 30 years and serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit www.worldvision.ca
About the National Hockey League Players' Association
The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 12 years, more than 60,000 deserving children in 25 countries have benefited from the players' donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $20-million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.
About Hockey pour Haïti
Hockey for Haiti is a joint initiative between the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and World Vision Canada to raise funds to help rebuild Grace Children's Hospital which was devastated by the January 2010 earthquake. The initiative was started by NHL veteran and Haitian-Canadian Georges Laraque. Hockey for Haiti teams up World Vision Canada and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) to raise funds to help rebuild Grace Children's Hospital, which was devastated by the Haiti earthquake.The fundraising initiative was started by Haitian-Canadian NHL veteran Georges Laraque, and is supported by top players, including Montreal Canadien PK Subban and Vancouver Canuck Dan Hamhuis.
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