The community once again showed its support for the 16th Guignolée du Dr Julien which ended this week. A total of $1,763,200 was raised benefiting the Fondation du Dr Julien’s three centres of expertise: the Assistance d’enfants en difficulté (AED) centre in the Hochelaga neighbourhood, the Garage à musique (GAM) in the Maisonneuve neighbourhood, and the Centre de services préventifs à l’enfance (CSPE) in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood.

This amount represents approximately 40% of the funds required to offer free quality care and professional services to children and their families living in vulnerable environments where our centres are located.

“Once again this year, we are deeply touched and grateful for the unwavering support and generosity of the community. On behalf of the Fondation’s three centres of expertise and training, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us and continues to do so. The ongoing support of the community is a crucial element that allows us to care for and empower these children and youths whose development has been compromised by difficult life circumstances,” said Dr. Gilles Julien, Clinical Director, Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fondation du Dr Julien.

The Fondation team would like to give special thanks to the many volunteers who took part in this 16th edition of the Guignolée du Dr Julien, and all its partners: the co-founders Ève Christian (also godmother of the event) and Caroline Lafrance, the godfather of the event, Christian Bégin; Santa Claus, Louis Émond; the team from Samedi et rien d’autre, which was hosted for the 13th consecutive year by Joël Le Bigot and broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Première; Jean-Charles Lajoie for hosting the traditional children’s street hockey game for the 10th time; TELUS for its help with the call centre; and the Jean Coutu Group for its ongoing support with the downloadable Fondation du Dr Julien sticker pack. The Fondation would also like to thank 91.9 Sports and the RNC Media network for its support throughout Quebec.

Other community social pediatrics centres certified by the Fondation du Dr Julien or in the process of being certified also held their own guignolées on December 15, raising a total of $996,595. The funds collected by each centre will be used to provide care and services to children in their community, in addition to the services already offered in each region.