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Enfant Soleil telethon operation: record amount for sick children

Enfant Soleil telethon operation: record amount for sick children

Sick children in Quebec received a huge love spell on Sunday. Offered in a hybrid format straight from Capitole de Québec, 35e The Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon edition raised an impressive amount of $20,682,867.

Hosts Maxime Landry and Annie Brocoli give the final amount.

Photo courtesy Eric Lagounis

Hosts Maxime Landry and Annie Brocoli give the final amount.

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“We never have a goal, except as much as possible,” says the foundation’s new president and CEO, Jonathan Gendron.

Jonathan Gendron

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Jonathan Gendron

“Regardless of how much is raised, it is an achievement given the current economic context,” he added.

The organizers thus surpassed the peak donations of $20.5 million reached last year.

Two years after the pandemic hit, it’s almost back to normal for Telethon, which was launched at 12:30 p.m. on TVA by hosts Maxime Landry and Annie Brocoli.

The last was at 19e to share. The last spreadsheet was revealed around 10 p.m.

Maxime Landry and Annie Brocoli, hosts of the Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon, presented at the Capitole de Québec.

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Maxime Landry and Annie Brocoli, hosts of the Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon, presented at the Capitole de Québec.

Like the animation, the shows were live.

Attending Bruno Pelletier, Roche Voisin, Guélin Tangway and Jannick Fournier, the last winner of the Canada Got Talent Who is familiar with the needs of sick children, did not go unnoticed.

Patrick Bruel provided a remote service.

touching testimonies

Once again, the presentation of the Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon was marked by several very moving testimonials.

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A total of 17 capsules were released in all regions of Quebec.

Among the messages of hope is that of Montreal’s sun baby, Davonne, who suffers from biliary atresia and has received two liver transplants.

“We spent all our years in the hospital from the age of 4 months to 5 years,” his mother, Muriel Maceo testified. “Since the second transplant, everything has changed. »

Singer-songwriter Alexander Polin is one of the guest artists.

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Singer-songwriter Alexander Polin is one of the guest artists.

Golden Donors

To raise several million dollars, Quebec must put its shoulder to the wheel.

Many major partners are multiplying their fundraising activities, culminating in amounts that are almost unreal.

But there are also breathtaking personal initiatives. Such is the case of Serge Lepage of Bay-Como, who for 24 years has been organizing fundraising dinners and has raised $30,500 this year.

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There are also unusual activities such as “La saucette à Percé” which consists of swimming in the cold waters of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence at the beginning of winter with Rocher Percé as a backdrop.

It may have been unusual, but a check for $101,000 was presented to Opération Enfant Soleil. Remember that 87% of donations are made to the four major pediatric centers in Quebec and 13% to hospitals in the regions of Quebec.