The Guignolée du Dr Julien, our annual Christmas drive, is a vast appeal to the generosity and loyal support of the Quebec population. The donations received, all of which go to support the Fondation’s three community social pediatrics centres, are vital to accomplishing our mission. We owe the success of this event to the 600+ volunteers who help out on this day, to our loyal partners and allies, and to the 6,000+ donors who choose to support us because they believe in our dream.
Our Three Musketeers!
The success of the Guignolée du Dr Julien is made possible by the passion and dedication of our many loyal allies and partners. We would especially like to thank the Guignolee’s co-founders, Caroline Lafrance and Ève Christian, who have made this annual drive a real tradition. Also deeply appreciated is Christian Bégin, who every year takes to the airwaves with his co-spokesperson Ève Christian to make this gathering always festive and full of hope!
Ève ChristianColumnist, meteorologist. Spokesperson and co-founder of the Guignolée du Dr Julien
When I was growing up, my parents and those around me gave me everything I could ever want or need, and I was able to do the same for my children. We never lacked for food or clothing, we went skiing, took dance lessons, music lessons, played hockey, went to lots of sporting and cultural events.
I must admit that visiting Dr. Julien’s centre in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve for the first time was like setting foot on another planet. But then I saw bright, well-equipped rooms and met compassionate, generous people tending to smiling children. It was as if all the children’s worries, all the problems facing them in their everyday lives, had vanished for a time.
“His children” weren’t wearing brand name clothes and they didn’t have cellphones glued to their hands, but they were laughing and having fun. The priority of Dr. Julien’s social pediatrics is to support young people and their families, and it works!
This is why this cause means so much to me, and why I am still involved with the Guignolée du Dr Julien so many years after the first one – a tiny little affair that I co-founded with my friend Caroline Lafrance in 2003.
At the end of the day, we are happy to have done our part to put a smile on children’s faces. They have the right to be children, not burdened with worry, for all too soon they will be adults in a world that is so often filled with adversity.
Let’s make sure our children grow up in happiness, for this is the best way to equip them for life.
Christian BéginActor and host. Spokesperson for the Guignolée du Dr Julien
Again?! I’m doing it all again?!
You bet I am!
I’m going to be there because you’re going to be there, because your life has a bit more meaning because of it, because “it” exists…
But I’m also going to be there for me. For purely selfish reasons.
Selfish because I need all of you – your passion, your commitment, your empathy, your altruism, your deep belief that together we can make a difference. I need to feel the flame that burns in you.
I’m going to be there because in this world where everything is disposable, where we all feel a sense of repeated abdication and anesthetizing helplessness, to endure and still come together like this is truly magnificent – a joyful thumbing our noses at the dictates of the ephemeral!
When we stand together, there are more of us!
Caroline LafranceEditor. Co-founder of the Guignolée du Dr Julien
When Ève and I organized the first Opération Coup du Ciel in 2003, we had no idea it would grow into such a vast movement. It is heartwarming to see so many people mobilize in support of children in need. There’s no question that the Guignolée is a highlight of my year! I am responsible for overseeing our many volunteers posted on street corners throughout Montreal during the Guignolée. Year after year, this day is such a success thanks to them, these busy bees who always return with collecting tins full to the brim. So… see you on December 17th?
The Guignolée’s humble beginnings
The very first Guignolée was held on November 29, 2003. Organized by Ève Christian and Caroline Lafrance, it was called Opération Coup du ciel (“manna from heaven drive”) and raised $800 for the Fondation. In 2007, Radio-Canada’s Samedi et rien d’autre with host Joël le Bigot joined the Guignolée for a special broadcast live from the Fondation’s headquarters in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. This collaboration is still going strong today. Over the years the Guignolée has continued to grow in popularity and scale, relying on what has always been its cornerstone: volunteers. In 2015, it raised an impressive $1.6 million in donations!
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