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Stéphane Richer and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Team Up for #GivingTuesday 2018

November 22, 2018

MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 22, 2018--Stéphane Richer, a former NHL player, and Shriners Hospitals for Children ® - Canada team up to fight bullying as part of the #GivingTuesday campaign. Media are invited to meet Stéphane Richer, who will share his story of being bullied as a young boy with students in grades 5 and 6, alongside with Nia, one of our patient ambassadors.

November 26, 2018 10:30 am Henri-Beaulieu School 235 Bleignier Street Saint-Laurent, QC H4N 1B1

After the presentation, Stéphane Richer will remain on site for interviews.

75% of Canadians have been affected by bullying. Those numbers can be two to three times higher for children with visible scars or disabilities. According to the hospital’s Social Services team, the number of patients who face bullying on a daily basis continues to grow. For #GivingTuesday 2018, our goal is therefore to reach a minimum of $ 5,000 to help as many children and teens as possible.

“When I was young, I experienced bullying. As a young boy, I was beaten at school, I was scared and I did not want to go to school anymore. No child should go through this! That is why I decided to join the #CutTheBull campaign. #GivingTuesday is a great opportunity to make a difference. I hope the public will support the cause,” explains Stéphane Richer.

The hospital is committed to fight bullying. The spokespeople of our #CutTheBull campaign, patients who have been bullied, tell their story in the hopes of inspiring others to say #CutTheBull and #SeeTheAbility.

“For the last two years, our patient ambassadors like Jeffrey, Nia and Saoud have met more than 10,000 young people in Quebec and Ontario schools. Jeffrey is also the recipient of the recently awarded Ensemble contre L’intimidation 2018 Award from the Government of Quebec. These are very brave young people, who have overcome many challenges,” says Jacques Boissonneault, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children –Canada.

Stéphane Richer and our patient ambassadors, each in their own way, are living proof that determination and a positive attitude go a long way towards reaching goals even when the road is long and bumpy. Help them raise money so that more kids and teens can understand the difference between being rude, being mean and bullying. Thanks to you, they will also learn to deal with a situation in which they can either be the victim, the bully or the witness.

To donate https://givingtuesday.ca/partners/shriners-hospitals-hospital-canada-shriners-hospitals-for-children-canada

For more information about bullying: www.cutthebull.org

About Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian facility in the network of Shriners Hospitals. A bilingual hospital, it offers short-term, ultra-specialized orthopedic care to children in Canada, the United States and around the world. Infants, children and young adults with orthopedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, osteogenesis imperfecta, clubfoot, hip dysplasia or cerebral palsy benefit from the expertise of our medical teams in terms of treatment and rehabilitation.

Affiliated with McGill University, the hospital has a Pediatric Simulation Center and a Motion Analysis Center to stimulate excellence and innovation in care, teaching and research. Physicians, residents and health professionals benefit from our facility on the Glen site to further their training and experience. In addition to providing an environment of patient- and family-centered care, the hospital, through telemedicine, community clinics and satellite clinics, is present in communities across Canada. Recognized as an institution that promotes health, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping children reach their full potential for over 90 years.

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SOURCE: Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada

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