Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon
June 1 and 2
Québec, May 9, 2013 – The 26th edition of Quebec’s largest charity event for sick children and their families will be held this coming June 1 and 2. The Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon, broadcast on the TVA network, will shine the spotlight on the courage of the 19 Enfants Soleil from all regions of Quebec. Accompanied by their families, they will be at the heart of the action and emotion, live from the Enfant Soleil lounge.
The main hosts, Annie Brocoli and Joël Legendre, will be joined by Maxime Landry, Jean-François Breau, Isabelle Cyr, Alain Dumas, Anick Dumontet, Philippe Fehmiu, Mélanie Gagné, Louis-Georges Girard, Josée Lavigueur, Marie-Ève Janvier, Alex Perron, Claudine Prévost and Jasmin Roy.
Many artists will use the occasion to lend their talents to the cause, including Marie-Mai, Marie-Élaine Thibert, Cœur de pirate, Richard Séguin, Brigitte Boisjoli, Pierre Lapointe, Ima, William Deslauriers, Jean- Marc Couture, Roch Voisine, Daniel Lavoie, Ginette Reno, Paul Daraîche, Marc Dupré, Andréa Lindsay and Luc De Larochellière. Read more »
Opération Enfant Soleil : Little miracles don’t happen on their own
Opération Enfant Soleil is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1988 to raise funds for the development of high-quality paediatrics and to contribute to social health projects for all the children in Quebec.
A portion of Opération Enfant Soleil grants go to Quebec's four major paediatric centres: the CHU de Québec’s Centre mère-enfant Soleil, the CHU Sainte-Justine in Montréal, the Montreal Children's Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre and the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke. The other portion is distributed among projects at regional hospitals and organizations; these projects have been assessed by independent committees and approved by the Opération Enfant Soleil board of directors.
Over the years, Opération Enfant Soleil has taken over the management of two foundations: the Fonds Marie-Soleil Tougas, which is dedicated to promoting the mental health of young people, and the Fonds Josée Lavigueur, which promotes physical activity.
Since 1988, Opération Enfant Soleil has generated more than $165 million for major paediatric centres, regional hospitals, and organizations throughout Quebec.
Substantial, ongoing support for major paediatric centres
Every day, 1,800 children receive care at Quebec's four major
paediatric centres in Montréal, Québec and Sherbrooke.1
Half of these children come from other regions of the province.2
Opération Enfant Soleil is not only Quebec's favourite philanthropic organization,3 but also an important member of the paediatric community. Since 25 years, the grants it has distributed have contributed to the development of three centres for excellence in paediatric care where they have been used to acquire cutting-edge technology and to create environments designed specifically to meet the needs of young patients.
Here are some projects that Opération Enfant Soleil helped to make possible:
- Phases 1 and 2 of the oncology wing at the CHU Sainte-Justine in Montréal ($11M)
- Construction of the CHU de Québec’s
Centre mère-enfant Soleil ($10M)
- Construction of a new emergency room at the Montreal Children's Hospital ($10M)
- Funding for Sherbrooke's Centre femme jeunesse famille ($5.6M)
Equipment and Highly Specialized Facilities
- The first Intra-Operative MRI in a Canadian paediatric hospital at Montreal Children's Hospital ($5M)
- Hybrid cardiac sciences ward at the CHU Sainte-Justine in Montréal ($4.6M)
- Paediatric heart surgery room at the CHU de Québec’s Centre mère-enfant Soleil ($5M)
- The implementation of 1,045 new smart pumps at the CHU Sainte-Justine ($4M)
- The Opération Enfant Soleil 3 Tesla MRI room at the CHU Sainte-Justine in Montréal ($4.8M)
Responding to the needs of regional paediatric communities
The funds Opération Enfant Soleil distributes to regional hospitals and organizations support the development and consolidation of neonatal and perinatal care. The funding allows them to acquire medical equipment specially designed for children, and to carry out capital projects related to paediatrics. By doing so, Opération Enfant Soleil helps to keep children and their families together in their communities. New equipment enables sick children to receive care closer to home, or to return to home more quickly after treatment. Our grants contribute to improving children's quality of life during their hospitalization by creating pleasant living spaces that encourage play and promote well-being.
A network of community spirit
Opération Enfant Soleil relies on the generosity and support of thousands of volunteers and over 1,200 partners of all kinds (businesses, individuals, schools, social clubs, daycares, etc.) from every region of Quebec. The most important Opération Enfant Soleil fundraising activity is its Telethon. The 25th annual event, which took place in June 2012, yielded over $18,267,912 to improve the lives of sick children.
Nearly 1,700 volunteers take part in the organization of the event-a 25-hour live television broadcast-helping to make it one of the largest Telethons in North America. The event shows how people, partners, volunteers, entertainers and artists can come together to support sick children and their families.