Second Pyramid of Shoes for Handicap International, in Montreal

    MONTREAL, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - For the second straight year in
Montreal, Handicap International will be setting up a Pyramid of shoes, that
will be erected at Square Dorchester (corner of Peel and René-Lévesque) today,
September 12.
    The public is invited to come and throw his shoes on the pyramid as a
sign of protest against cluster bombs and anti-personnel landmines, and as a
powerful symbolic gesture of solidarity with the victims of these weapons.
    At 11:00am, a press conference led by the likable actor and host
Mr George Robert will launch this international scale event, held in Europe
for 14 consecutive years.

    A dedicated actress

    The actress Jacynthe René is proud to announce that she will take part
actively in the campaign to ban cluster bombs by becoming the official
spokesperson of the second Montreal edition of the Pyramid of shoes. As a
Quebec actress well known for various roles played in popular television
series such as Diva, Au nom de la Loi and Casino, Jacynthe René has been
working in television over the last 12 years. "There are many horrible
situations that require immediate action such as famine or global warming, but
when I became aware of the cause defended by Handicap International, I felt I
had to get involved. The work carried out by HI is broad and essential, just
as its struggle against cluster munitions and antipersonnel landmines, whose
devastating effects are not sufficiently known", declares René.

    Shoes as a symbol for solidarity

    With Handicap International leading the way, each visitor is invited to
bring pairs of shoes to create the Pyramid of Shoes, a symbol of the
devastation and the thousands limbs and lives lost because of landmines and
sub-munitions. In addition to its activist and peace rally dimensions, the
event will also be a festive and joyful experience during which engaging
speakers and a multitude of performers will take the stage, from 11:00am to
7:00pm. Concerts will be given by Essouna, Kambéon (Afrique en mouvement) and
Michelangelo, and landmine clearance demonstrations will be animated by
Michel Rathqueber, a landmine clearance and safety expert working for HI in
Senegal. Several NGOs (Amnistie Internationale, Développement et Paix, le
CECI, Jeunesse Canada Monde, War Child, Projet accompagnement Québec
Guatemala, Kéroul, Oxfam Québec et le Centre Québécois de Formation pour les
Jeunes en matière de droits humains) will also have information booths set up
to provide the public with information.
    We invite all Montrealers to come, throw their pair of shoes and sign the
petition against landmines and cluster bombs. A partnership was also set up
with CERTEX, a non-profit organization located on Montreal's south shore, that
employs people with disabilities. Certex recycles clothing and shoes and sends
them to developing countries. This organization will be given all the shoes
collected at the Pyramid.
    Donations will be welcomed at the site. Those who won't be able to attend
the event are invited to make a donation online on our website
(, to call us at 1-877-908-2813 or send a check
to Handicap International at our mailing address.

    About Handicap International

    Founded in France in 1982, Handicap International has worked for several
years with the international community in order to obtain the complete
prohibition of anti-personnel landmines and cluster bombs. As for the Canadian
section of the organization, it was created in 2003.The association deploys
teams of experts who seek out and neutralize any unexploded remnants of war
endangering civilians. They also provide assistance to victims and carry out
preventive actions against accidents by landmines in civilian areas. HI was
one of the instigator of the Oslo process, initiated in February 2007, that
led to the adoption, by 111 States reunited in Dublin last May, of a new
Treaty to ban cluster bombs. This Treaty will be open for signature in
December 2008 in Oslo. We call upon all governments, and particularly the
Government of Canada to sign this Treaty in December. Actually, the candidates
to the federal elections are asked to take position publicly in regards to
this question. For further information, please visit the website

For further information:

For further information: Nancy DeGraff, (514) 908-2813 extension 222,; Sandrine Guillot, (514) 908-2813
extension 224,; Source: Handicap
International Canada

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