World Vision Canada

World Vision Canada

February 09, 2010 05:00 ET

World Vision Receives a $35,000 Donation From the Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board for the "Hockey for Haiti" Project Headed by Georges Laraque

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2010) - The Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board and its centers have responded with unprecedented generosity toward the earthquake victims in Haiti. A press conference will be held on February 9, 2010 before the student body to celebrate their contribution to the Haitian recovery efforts. World Vision will be present to receive the cheque; Isabelle Depelteau, General Director for Quebec, will address the students, thanking them for their participation.

You are invited:

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Souvenir Elementary School
4885 Souvenir West, Laval, Quebec, H7W 1E1

World Vision Canada has raised more than $16 million so far for Haiti relief and recovery efforts. Of that amount, donors in Quebec have contributed nearly $1,200,000. One hundred percent of the money raised this time will be placed in the "Hockey for Haiti" fund.

It should be noted that the Canadian government will match all donations sent to humanitarian organizations such as World Vision until Friday, February 12, 2010.

"We want to thank Canadians for their generosity which is helping us address the basic needs for vulnerable children and their families in Haiti. But this response isn't over yet. It's a marathon not a sprint and requires a coordinated effort of many. The outpouring of donations now will go beyond relief into recovery efforts that will stretch for years to come," said Isabelle Depelteau, General Director of World Vision Quebec.

The Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board offers educational programmes to more than 15,000 students in 38 schools and 5 adult education programmes. It employs 2000 people.

For more information concerning the Hockey for Haiti initiative, please visit

World Vision's donors currently support 52,000 children in Haiti, of which more than 10,800 are supported by Canadians.

- The earthquake, which was the most devastating earthquake in the last 200 years, affected approximately 3 million men, women and children. World Vision has 800 of its people on-site providing emergency assistance to thousands of survivors. World Vision would like to remind Canadians that nearly 40% of Haiti's population is under the age of 14.

- World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

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