Gatineau, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – The launch of Centraide Outaouais’s fundraising campaign was held this evening at the Maison de la culture in Gatineau, October 17th being the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. As always, hundreds of people gathered for the kick-off of one of the biggest campaigns held in the Outaouais. Since it was founded in 1943, Centraide Outaouais has raised over $125 million. This year, the goal is to help 63,670 vulnerable people.
In the words of Lucie Lafleur, chair of the Centraide Outaouais board of directors, “It is important to remember that poverty is not something people choose. Poverty affects not just the unemployed, but working people on low incomes, and its impact goes far beyond mere budgetary issues. Today, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I join all the Centraide agencies in Quebec and our community agencies in reminding people that poverty costs society more than concerted action would cost to eradicate it once and for all.”
Through eight initiatives and 70 supported agencies, Centraide Outaouais contributes in such areas as help with homework, the prevention of dropouts and bullying, overcoming social isolation among seniors, promoting social and occupational reintegration, and capacity building through our training programs for agency personnel. Centraide Outaouais is also an active participant and a financial contributor to social development panels, thereby playing a leadership role as an agent of social change.
“I began my career as a nurse,” explains campaign chair Élaine Dupras, executive director of the Sporthèque, “and I was struck by the extreme distress of some patients, who were obviously living in conditions of profound poverty that affected their health and their life expectancy. I believe deeply in the values of solidarity and humanism advocated by Centraide Outaouais, and in its mission, which is why I agreed to serve as campaign chair. I also wish to thank all our donors, volunteers and agencies and the members of my staff, whose dedication and work in the field deserve our admiration.”
In 2016, Centraide Outaouais was able to help 61,811 vulnerable people with a total of $4,465,696 in donations. This year, the goals are 63,670 people and $4,600,000.
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Source: Isabelle Brisebois
Director, Communications and Marketing
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