The Francofolies: humming for 3 good causes

The Francofolies: humming for 3 good causes (4 min 34 s)

Added on March 9, 2016


After the 2015 Francofolies de Montréal festivities, 3 Desjardins members gave donations to the cause of their choice : Fondation du Dr Julien - External link. This link will open in a new window., Opération Enfant Soleil - External link. This link will open in a new window. and Fondation Sainte-Justine - External link. This link will open in a new window..

The Francofolies: humming for 3 good causes (4 min 34 s)

Added on March 9, 2016 | Desjardins Group

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[Harmonica music]

[Text on screen: Together / We give back to the community]

[A crowd at an outdoor venue]

[Image on screen: Two hands forming a heart]

[Image on screen: FrancoFolies logo]

[Text on screen: To the FrancoFolies]

[Text on screen: 3 Desjardins members won $5,000 to give to the charity of their choice]

[Ambient music]

[Text on screen: Frédérique Messier chose the Opération Enfant Soleil foundation]

Frédérique Messier: When Desjardins phoned to tell me I had won, I was really moved, really happy.

[Text on screen: Frédérique Messier, Desjardins member]

Frédérique Messier: So I said I'm going to donate to Opération Enfant Soleil because it's an important cause. When my little cousin was sick, they treated her. They received donations. She had leukemia, and it's been 10 years now and she's doing great.

[Frédérique Messier passes off a virtual Desjardins logo with $5,000 written on it and it turns into a sun.]

Paul-André Côté: Opération Enfant Soleil's mission is simple: we raise money that gets redistributed to 4 large centres as well as community organizations and provincial health centres.

[Text on screen: Paul-André Côté, Development Director, Opération Enfant Soleil]

Paul-André Côté: Here at the Douglas Institute we work with them [Opération Enfant Soleil], and thanks to Frédérique's generous donation, we were able to buy a piano to provide hours of amusement for the kids.

[Piano music]

Roxane Gal: We treat patients age 12 to 18 with various mental heath issues and eating disorders, kids who suffer from depression or first episode psychosis, and all kinds of mental health diseases.

[Text on screen: Roxane Gal, Nurse, Douglas Mental Health University Institute]

[Ambient music]

Roxane Gal: Music is a part of every teenager's life. They can escape in it, it makes them feel better, it really improves everyone's daily life.

[Text on screen: Stéphanie Laurin chose Fondation du Docteur Julien]

Stéphanie Laurin: My name is Stéphanie Laurin. I'm a student at Collège de Maisonneuve in delinquency intervention strategies.

[Text on screen: Stéphanie Laurin, Desjardins member]

Stéphanie Laurin: I visited this clinic for help with my homework. Not all parents are going to take the time to sit down with their kids. But they took the time to sit down with us. There were dinners with all the kids, where everyone helped out a little bit. Maybe you didn't have these kinds of memories at home but you had them here. They help kids a lot. It means a lot to me because that's usually where you start becoming the person you're going to be later as an adult, and I think it's a really important part of life. So I wanted to help, to give children a chance who might not have the same opportunities as others.

[Text on screen: The clinic to help children in need is a project of Fondation du Docteur Julien]

[Image on screen: Stéphanie Laurin passes a virtual Desjardins logo with $5,000 written on it to Doctor Julien and it turns into a smiling child's face.]

Doctor Gilles Julien: Fondation du Dr Julien is here to give as many children in Quebec as possible the chance to grow and prevent them from slipping through the cracks.

[Text on screen: Doctor Gilles Julien, social pediatrician and president of Fondation du Docteur Julien]

Doctor Gilles Julien: The most meaningful donations we get are those like the one from Stéphanie and Desjardins that really come from the heart. The money goes directly to services for children in a number of ways.

[Text on screen: Philippe Sauvageau chose the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation]

Philippe Sauvageau: I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old, and we're really lucky to have two healthy children.

[Text on screen: Philippe Sauvageau, Desjardins member]

Philippe Sauvageau: We had only 1 appointment at Sainte-Justine to get an X-ray for something: there was a little click in my son's hip. We also volunteered here for a day, and the people were really nice. It was a fantastic environment for children, so it was a pleasure to choose this charity.

[Image on screen: Philippe Sauvageau passes a virtual Desjardins logo with $5,000 written on it to a CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation representative and it turns into a heart monitor.]

Doctor Arielle Lévy: The mother and child simulation centre offers simulation training for all kinds of healthcare providers like respiratory therapists, nurses and doctors.

[Text on screen: Doctor Arielle Lévy, pediatric emergency physician, CHU Sainte-Justine]

Doctor Arielle Lévy: Donations are used for a lot of things. Some go to training healthcare providers, and some go to purchasing equipment. There are resuscitation exercises for parents and families of severely ill children. And the equipment purchased helps us make reservations, gather statistics and conduct evaluations.

Philippe Sauvageau: Sainte-Justine is a place that helps children deal with illnesses. We're really happy to have it nearby. In a way it's reassuring because if one of our children has a more serious illness, we know there's a specialized place with true professionals who are there to help us.

[Text on screen: To the millions of Desjardins members, thank you]

[Image on screen: Desjardins logo]

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