MONTRÉAL, March 8, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - On this International Women's Day, the Soupe pour elles team is proud to announce that the third edition of the movement has raised more than $240,000 through the generosity of Quebecers and the business community. The campaign's signature event took place on a frigid February 27, when a crowd gathered on the Esplanade de la Place des Arts to enjoy a bowl of soup and support women in need — those who are homeless, are victims of violence or are dealing with a precarious situation. Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante also shared the stage with Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Énergir, and instigator of the Soupe pour elles movement, for an important discussion about the situation of women in need.
Eleven organizations will receive a big helping hand
For the third edition of Soupe pour elles, two more organizations were added to the list of organizations that benefit from the proceeds of this crowdfunding campaign, bringing the total number of beneficiary organizations to 11: La rue des femmes, Auberge Madeleine, La Maison bleue, Le chaînon, Mères avec pouvoir, Passages, La maison Marguerite, Chez Doris, Patricia McKenzie Pavilion, Logis Rose Virginie, and La Dauphinelle.
"We set ambitious goals for this third edition, and thanks to our generous donors and partners, it has been reached. I sincerely hope that this solidarity and generosity will resonate throughout the year, because it is through small gestures that we can bring about major changes for these women in need," said Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Énergir and instigator of the Soupe pour elles movement.
“The outstanding work done by community organizations in the city of Montréal is indispensable. These organizations welcome women, listen to them, and support them in their healing and integration—it’s simply remarkable. Soupe pour elles is a movement that gathers people in an upsurge of solidarity for women in need, as we seen on February 27,” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal.
"The 11 organizations lucky enough to receive support from Soupe pour elles perform miracles with next to nothing, day after day, to help women: we feed them, give them a place to stay, protect them as best we can and help them to find a better life. The money we receive from Soupe pour elles is a heaven-sent gift that will help us achieve our mission," noted a grateful France Guillemette, Executive Director of Logis Rose-Virginie.
National Bank of Canada and Bell
Telus, BMO Financial Group, RBC Royal Bank, AON, Manulife, Sun Life Financial, EY, Transcontinental, Hydro-Québec, Investissement Québec, Montréal International, Loto-Québec, Stein Monast, Tetra Tech, UDA
Cossette, Tact Intelligence-conseil, Commensal, Tim Hortons, l'Équipe Spectra, CTM, LSA, Kabane, Cabana Séguin, STM, Témoin Production, Colpron, and CTM
About Soupe pour elles
Soupe pour elles is a community movement to support women in need in Greater Montréal. This initiative from Énergir seeks to raise awareness of the realities of women struggling with homelessness, poverty or abuse. soupepourelles.com
Énergir is a diversified energy company whose mission is to find increasingly sustainable ways to meet the energy needs of its 520,000 customers and the communities it serves. In Québec, it is the leading natural gas distribution company and also produces, through its subsidiaries, electricity from wind power. Through its subsidiaries in the United States, the company operates in 15 states where it produces electricity from hydraulic, wind and solar sources, while serving as the leading electricity distributor and the sole natural gas distributor in Vermont. Énergir values energy efficiency and invests both resources and efforts in innovative energy projects such as renewable natural gas and liquefied and compressed natural gas. Through its subsidiaries, it also provides a variety of energy services. Énergir aspires to become the partner of choice for those striving for a better energy future.
For further information: Catherine Houde, Énergir, Tél.: 514-598-3449, [email protected]