Québec, May 25, 2023 – The Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon, the largest annual event to help sick children in Quebec, will take place on Sunday, June 4th. Broadcast live on TVA from Théâtre Capitole, the Telethon will show the importance of joining forces to make a difference for thousands of families across Quebec.
“The solidarity you show the children, their families and the healthcare teams, year after year, is crucial. Thanks to you, we can acquire state-of-the-art equipment tailored specifically to children’s needs, create comfortable care environments, provide care for more children close to their homes and families, and support innovative research projects, thereby pushing the boundaries. Together, let’s continue to offer them warmth and comfort, to make a real difference in their care and healing journey, today and tomorrow.” – Jonathan Gendron, CEO of Opération Enfant Soleil.
During this great giving event, the strength and courage of the province’s 17 Enfants Soleil and of all children affected by illness will be showcased. It is with much joy that families will once again take the stage to share their stories and to experience some exciting and moving moments.
“The Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon brings together thousands of people to support families with sick children, just like ours. We stand together, we help each other. Thank you for supporting Opération Enfant Soleil and helping sick children. You are making a difference!” – Manon St-Pierre and Tommy Ouellette, parents of Payton, age 2, Enfant Soleil.
The day will kick off at 9 a.m. with Eve-Marie Lortie and Annie-Soleil Proteau, spokespersons for the cause, along with the entire team of the Salut Bonjour weekend show, for a special hour dedicated to the Telethon, which will then continue from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on TVA. Hosting this grand event will be Annie Brocoli, Érik Caouette, Alain Dumas, Anick Dumontet, Louis-Georges Girard, Maxime Landry, Josée Lavigueur and Félix-Antoine Tremblay, along with some of the cause’s most valued ambassadors, who participated in various shoots, including Mélissa Bédard, Sonny Caouette, Camille Dg and Arthur L’aventurier.
Over 40 artists will also lend their voices and talents throughout the day to offer hope and comfort: 2Frères, Dumas, Bobby Bazini, Mélissa Bédard, France D’Amour, Marjo, Luc De Larochellière, Élage Diouf, Luce Dufault, Sara Dufour, Paul Piché, Jeanick Fournier, Matt Lang, Jonas, Martin Deschamps, Ingrid St-Pierre, Les Sœurs Bégin, Lunou Zucchini, Joyce N’sana, Maten, Sophie Grenier (La Voix) and many more. Click here to see the full list of special guests.
As of 8:30 a.m. on June 4th, it will be possible to make donations by phone by calling 1-833-9ENFANT. Thank you to Telus and to Thrio for mobilizing over 340 volunteers to answer calls throughout this important day. Contributions can already be made by visiting operationenfantsoleil.ca/en for online donations or by texting SOLEIL to 20222 to donate $25 or texting ENFANT to donate $10.
The Telethon weekend will also host the 4th edition of the Jouer pour Guérir event, which is part of the Extra Life campaign. Video game enthusiasts will have the opportunity to merge their passion with philanthropy! Several players from the Quebec gaming community will participate on Opération Enfant Soleil’s Twitch channel, including Le Jeu C’est Sérieux, DJ Carl Brindle, Qweenboo, RageCure Games, Klayz, Voix and Légendes, with the special collaboration of Denis Talbot. Many players and well-known personalities, including Félix-Antoine Tremblay and 2Frères, will play their favourite games with the sole purpose of increasing the Telethon’s fundraising total. There’s still time to join the event to help kids get well! Click here for all the details.
It is thanks to the dedication, involvement and generosity of the thousands of donors, volunteers, partners and compassionate individuals who support the Opération Enfant Soleil mission that we can make little and big miracles happen. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok, and use the hashtag #enfantsoleil2023 to join the conversation. See you on June 4th!
Opération Enfant Soleil: Together, for the health of Quebec’s children
As a force to rally Quebecers around the cause of sick children, Opération Enfant Soleil supports healing throughout the province. Over the past 36 years, more than $302 million has been raised thanks to the generosity of partners, volunteers and donors. With this contribution, over a hundred projects are undertaken every year in regional hospitals and major paediatric centres, including acquiring state-of-the-art equipment tailored to children’s needs, creating comfortable and optimal care environments, providing local care close to home and family, and supporting innovative research projects, thereby pushing the boundaries. Each year, funds are also allocated to organizations for prevention projects through the Fonds sport et santé durable.