Montreal, September 11, 2023 – A sense of generosity and enthusiasm permeated the 10th anniversary of the Centraide Cup, a charity soccer tournament presented by BMO Financial Group and held on September 9 and 10. Over 500 employees from over twenty companies came to play on the fields of CF Montréal and raised $381,000 for Centraide of Greater Montreal and the Montreal Impact Foundation.
Everyone who participated came together to support agencies and projects that are essential to prevent school dropouts, promote active lifestyles, and improve the quality of life of young people and their families.
“Setting foot on the field at Stade Saputo is such a unique and worthwhile experience for the employees of the organizations that support us. This event is even more important for the community, as it shows how people can join forces for an inclusive, poverty-free Greater Montreal. We sincerely thank everyone who took part in this initiative. Because of their invaluable help, we can give young people an excellent start in life and foster their social and educational development while providing significant support to their families,” said Claude Pinard, President and Executive Director, Centraide of Greater Montreal.
“Reiterating our engagement in this unifying event for a 10th year is a source of pride for our foundation. Proceeds from this event will have a tangible impact on the improvement of the districts” quality of life, social integration and the promotion of physical activity for kids. By lending a helping hand, we help moulding their path to success. Together, we make a difference for our youth in the community,” said Véronique Fortin, Executive Director, Montreal Impact Foundation.
This year, the team from Desjardins Group took top honours in the tournament’s Competitive category, while the Recreational category was won by the team from McCarthy Tétrault LLP. These teams competed against motivated opponents from BMO, Bombardier, Borden Ladner Gervais, CAE, Deloitte, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Hydro-Québec, iA Financial Group, IKEA Montréal, McKesson Canada, Metro, National Bank of Canada, Pharmascience, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Saputo, Scotiabank, SSENSE, Sun Life and Ville de Montréal.
In a tradition that recognizes players who demonstrate exemplary conduct, the Fair Play Award went to the team from Fonds de Solidarité FTQ that played in the recreational category.
The event was made possible thanks to essential support from partners such as the Stade Saputo, BMO Financial Group, Saputo and Metro. For the past 10 years, the Centraide Cup has raised over $3 million to make a lasting impact on the lives of young people in Greater Montreal.
About Centraide of Greater Montreal
A true agent of change, Centraide of Greater Montreal is a public foundation whose mission is to bring people together and take action for an inclusive and poverty-free Greater Montreal. To achieve this goal, it supports a network of 375 community agencies and projects in Laval, in Montreal and on the South Shore that improve the living conditions of vulnerable people. Centraide works with the Greater Montreal population and with communities, businesses, institutions and philanthropic organizations. Its history dates back 50 years, when five charities merged into one entity. This year, Centraide invested $61.8 million in the community, which represents over 86% of the money raised from its annual campaign. Every year, nearly 800,000 people benefit from the help of the agencies that it supports. To learn more: centraide-mtl.org.
About the Montreal Impact Foundation
Since its creation in 2013, the Montreal Impact Foundation has been very involved in its community. Its mission is to organize and support activities in order to improve quality of life for kids and families from vulnerable communities.
Notably, it provides sporting installations in order to promote physical activity, the adoption of healthy lifestyles and social integration.
The Foundation completed the first phase of constructing multi-sport fields. The second phase is set to be launched in the fall of 2024.
To learn more about our activities, visit: fondation.impactmontreal.com
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Annick Gagnon, Centraide of Greater Montreal
Tristan D’Amours, CF Montréal