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Mission

Opération Enfant Soleil is a non-profit organization that raises funds to develop high-quality paediatrics and to contribute to various projects for all the children in Quebec.

It should be noted that it is prohibited to solicit or go door-to-door on behalf of Opération Enfant Soleil at any time, except at Halloween (children then have specially marked boxes for the cause, and the participating schools and Opération Enfant Soleil sign a binding agreement).

History

Opération Enfant Soleil was founded in 1988 by the Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval. The Telethon was so successful in its very first year that the CHU Sainte-Justine and the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre joined Opération Enfant Soleil the following year.

The money raised was first divided between Quebec’s three specialized paediatric hospitals. It was subsequently decided that 10% of the proceeds should be devoted to the paediatric needs of regional hospitals.

From 1996 to 2003, 15% of revenue was allocated to regional organizations and paediatric hospitals. Consequently, 85% was destined to the major paediatric centres: the CHU de Québec, the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre and the CHU Sainte-Justine.

In 2004, the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke joined the three paediatric centres. Since then, 87% of revenue has been given for large-scale projects in the four major paediatric centres that provide specialized care to all children in Quebec: the CHU de Québec’s Centre mère-enfant Soleil, the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke, the CHU Sainte-Justine and the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre.

To promote regional autonomy and complementarity with the four major paediatric centres, 13% of revenue is donated to health and social services institutions and organizations that help children for, among other things, funding the acquisition of paediatric equipment and various prevention and awareness programs. In addition to that are the proceeds from the Fonds Marie-Soleil Tougas, dedicated to children’s mental health, and the Fonds Josée Lavigueur, which aims to promote physical activity.

Since 1988, more than $230 million has been given to major paediatric centres, regional hospitals and organizations across Quebec.

Did you know

  • Founded in 1988, Opération Enfant Soleil is a non-profit organization that raises funds to develop high-quality paediatrics and to contribute to social health projects for all the children in Quebec.

  • Your donations help to provide children with high-quality care and a better quality of life during hospitalization through the building of spaces that promote healing.

  • Part of the funds raised by Opération Enfant Soleil are distributed among Quebec’s four major paediatric centres: the CHU de Québec-Laval University’s Centre mère-enfant Soleil, the CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal, the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre and the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHU de Sherbrooke.

  • In 2018, more than 140 grants will be distributed to regional hospitals and various organizations.

  • Since 1988, more than $230 million has been distributed to major paediatric centres, regional hospitals and organizations across the province.

  • Opération Enfant Soleil is a great chain of solidarity formed by thousands of volunteers and over 1,000 partners of all kinds (businesses, individuals, schools, social clubs, daycares, etc.) from every region of Quebec.

  • The total amount raised for the wellness of sick children during the 30th Telethon, the culmination of all fundraising activities that took place during the year, was $20,107,287.

  • In addition to the Telethon, Opération Enfant Soleil organizes various events and campaigns throughout the year in collaboration with its partners: the Maison Enfant Soleil, signée Bonneville draw, the gastronomic supper Les Toqués du vin, Halloween Campaign, Relis Don, Porte ton pyj, Restos Soleil, Défi Country and Ô Quilles, as well as specific acitivities of any kind

  • An omnibus survey conducted by SOM in the spring of 2017 confirmed that Opération Enfant Soleil is Quebecers’ first choice in philanthropy.