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More Than 7,500 Children Will Receive a Backpack Filled With School Supplies: First Joint Operation Between Welcome Hall Mission and Regroupement Partage


MONTREAL, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Because it is estimated that about one in five children live below the poverty line in Montréal and this number is constantly increasing, Welcome Hall Mission and Regroupement Partage are joining forces for the first time this year to combine their back to school operations in the hope to raise the awareness of a greater number of Montrealers to this sad reality.

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This year, the Opération Sac à dos of Regroupement Partage and the Rentrée la tête haute event of Welcome Hall Mission will help nearly 7,500 children by distributing goods estimated at about $900,000. These operations are a way to help reduce the dropout rate among youth by giving a little help to underprivileged families who often struggle to pay for the costs of school-related fees and supplies estimated to cost more than $500 per child.

Media representatives are invited to attend the launch of this joint operation to learn more about this issue and see how Welcome Hall Mission and Regroupement Partage are helping these struggling families.

WHAT: Press conference to launch the joint event Rentrée la tête haute and Opération Sac à dos and visit the facilities of Welcome Hall Mission.

WHEN: August 14 at 10:30 AM

WHO:   Families who will receive backpacks, school supplies and shoes
Sylvie Rochette, Co-founder and General Manager of the Regroupement Partage
Sam Watts, President and CEO of Welcome Hall Mission
Dominique Anglade, Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne
Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs
Benoît Dorais, Mayor of the Sud-Ouest borough
Marie-José Mastromonaco, School Commissioner and Vice-president at the CSDM
Martine St-Clair, Composer/performer, Ambassador of the Regroupement Partage
Patrick de Bellefeuille, Presenter at MétéoMédia and Spokesperson for Opération Sac à dos

WHERE: 4755 D, Acorn Street in Montréal (at the corner of De Courcelle)

Rentrée la tête haute: Welcome Home Mission will distribute 3,200 backpacks from 9 AM to 4 PM on August 14 and 15 to families who have registered in advance. During these two days of distribution, children will also be able to participate in fun and educational activities along Acorn Street.

Opération Sac à Dos: Backpacks will be distributed from August 14 to 17 in 17 neighborhoods of Montréal, to relieve hunger and feed the hopes of 4,500 children who will receive school supplies. Families can also receive food in exchange for a contribution equivalent to 10% of the value of the grocery basket, in the respect of their tastes and with dignity.

To follow Welcome Hall Mission:

To follow Regroupement Partage 

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

For Welcome Hall Mission:
   Sophie Allard, APR                                                     
   514-499-3030, ext. 771                                              

For Regroupement Partage:
   Karine Casault

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