• Nick Zacharias

Sucrerie de la Montagne raising funds to help kids


PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS

Stefan Faucher of Sucrerie de la Montagne invited guests to the famed Rigaud sugar shack to announce their continued support of children’s charities, this year contributing a portion of proceeds from meals sold in the sugaring-off season to Breakfast Club of Canada.

Stefan Faucher of Sucrerie de la Montagne hosted a convivial gathering this week at the sugar shack his father, Pierre, founded atop Mont Rigaud to announce their fundraising support for Breakfast Club of Canada – a charitable organization that supports school breakfast programs for tens of thousands of children who are otherwise at risk of not eating in the morning.

This new initiative is a continuation of a charitable spirit they embraced strongly in 2018. Back then “…we set out to become socially involved in a concrete way by partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in order to help a child struggling with an illness achieve his or her dream” said Faucher. They reserved a sum for each meal sold during the 2018 sugaring-off season, and managed to amass a sizeable donation to bring joy to a young girl. “Ten thousand dollars was awarded to Alexia to make her dream of travelling with her family come true.”

Seeing the positive impact they had on the life of one child, Sucrerie de la Montagne decided to continue the spirit of giving, this year to help many more children whose families are struggling to provide food.

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS

Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud announced this year’s initiative to raise funds for Breakfast Club of Canada, who provide thousands of kids at risk of going hungry with a healthy breakfast at school.

Breakfast Club of Canada has been operating since 1994, has over 28,000 volunteers (including 10,400 young volunteers) and last year served over 40 million breakfasts. “I visited a school yesterday to help serve breakfast for the children, and it provides such a warm welcome for the day,” said Breakfast Club representative Myriam Brisebois. “One in four children in Canada is at risk of not having breakfast in the morning, that’s more than 200,000 children in Quebec alone. We’re giving them the chance to start their day on equal footing with everyone else.”

Asked what made them choose Breakfast Club of Canada to receive a portion of sales for the 2020 sugaring-off season, Faucher did not hesitate but to think of his own two school-aged children.

Said Faucher, “I just thought of my own kids. We are very lucky, but what if circumstances were different? What if it was my daughter going to school hungry? That was a real motivator for me.” He said he is grateful to have, “so much support from our amazing community,” and that he is happy to be able to give something back. He said they want to continue to help children in the region, and that, “of course, food is a subject close to our hearts.”

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