UPDATE: 2014-09-11 at 10AM – $1,550,000 raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The ALS Society of Quebec is pleased to announce that donations from August 10 through spetember 11 2014 have reached an all-time high, thanks to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Over 50 000 generous people made a donation online related directly to the Ice Bucket Challenge.
We encourage all Quebecers to donate to ALS Quebec (via alsquebec.ca) in order to directly support the approximately 600 people afflicted in Quebec. The ALS society of Quebec will attribute a minimum of 40% of all donations received through the Ice Bucket Challenge towards funding research into ALS. Keep in mind that there is still no treatment available. Canada is among the world leaders in research. Over the past 3 years, the ALS Society of Quebec has given close to $900 000 in support of Pan-Canadian research projects.
The other 60% will help us support the families of those stricken with the disease in Quebec. The ALS Society of Quebec offers:
- Information for people suffering with ALS, caregivers and health professionals: conferences, news bulletins, documentation, resources;
- Psychosocial support: direction and referrals, toll-free telephone line, workshops, support groups;
- Social activities to break isolation: information days and open houses, entertainment;
- Technical and financial aid programs: home adaptation, technical assistance, financial contribution.
Since early August, thousands of people have been dropping ice buckets over themselves in support of people afflicted by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Videos are quickly making their rounds on Twitter and Facebook. The goal: to raise mass awareness amongst the general public and raise funds for research and provide support for people with ALS and their family.
This initiative is the biggest ever ALS awareness campaign in Quebec. Families affected by ALS across Quebec are incredibly touched by this demonstration of solidarity, which has become global.
Claudine Cook, Executive Director at the Society as well as members of our Board of Directors rose to the challenge with great success! Thank you for your taking part and providing hope for those living with ALS!
Luc Villandré, Président of the Board, and Alain Bérard: