Participants came together virtually for the well-being of children across the country
Boucherville, April 19, 2021 – In this difficult period marked by the challenges and hardships associated with the pandemic, Quebecers continue to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to the well-being of children. Last Friday, hundreds of people from academic, philanthropic, political and business groups took part in the 15th edition of the Déjeuner des Grands.
Different from recent years, this festive gathering was held virtually in the form of a morning show hosted by Benoît Gagnon, radio host and Club ambassador for over 23 years. Several special guests were also present, including Mikaël Kingsbury, mogul skier, six-time Olympic gold medalist and Club Ambassador, Katerine Savard, Olympic medalist swimmer, Laurent Paquin, comedian, Daphné Létourneau, comedian, Dominic Arpin, TV host and producer, Thomas Nepveu, professional race car driver and Club ambassador, and Jonas Tomalty, singer-songwriter.
“Being a father, entrepreneur and Breakfast Club of Canada ambassador for more than 23 years, it was natural for me to want to get involved in this adapted format for the 15th edition of the Déjeuner des Grands,” explained Benoît Gagnon, radio host, entrepreneur and Club ambassador. “At a time when we are living through very difficult circumstances, it is even more important to come together to help children develop their full potential. ”
Broadcast live from the Hotel Mortagne in Boucherville, in compliance with health and safety measures, the event brought together participants from all regions of Quebec to help children have a good start to the day and develop their full potential. A total of $71,606 was raised this year thanks to the generosity of all participants. Since its first edition 15 years ago, the Déjeuner des Grands has raised more than $770,000.
In order to provide participants with some additional information regarding the Club’s challenges during this pandemic, Benoît Gagnon welcomed Marie-Josée Lapratte, Co-Director of programs at Breakfast Club of Canada to discuss some of the obstacles, the growing demands and the importance of supporting breakfast programs.
“In Quebec, more than 400,000 children go to school hungry each morning,” said Tommy Kulczyk, General Manager at Breakfast Club of Canada. “Thanks to the support of our partners, we can continue to maximize our impact among young people and fight food insecurity, even in the middle of a pandemic. The power of the community has never been more apparent than in the past year. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this event and to those who continue to support our mission. Together, we can give children the energy they need to learn and succeed. “
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