Nearly$ 17 Million raised for sick children in spite of the pandemic

Près de 17 M$ amassés pour les enfants malades malgré la pandémie

The pandemic of COVID-19 does not appear to have hampered the donors of the 33e edition of the Téléthon Opération enfant Soleil, who have generously offered 16 724 819 $ for the sick children of the province, Sunday evening.

“People are so generous. In spite of what one currently lives, we can see that the health of children in Québec is still important to Quebecers, ” said Marie-Claude Bilodeau, the mother of the Child Sun of the Capitale-Nationale 2020, Emrick Blanchette, who suffers from Angelman syndrome, a severe disorder of neurological development.

The approximately 16 724 819 $ that have been collected will be used for the sick children in Quebec.

Throughout the evening, the amount of the spreadsheet was climbing at the same rate as other with the artistic performances and the touching testimonies. At a certain point, the phone lines were so solicited that we had to redirect donors to the website of Opération enfant Soleil.

The Child Sun of the National Capital Emrick Blanchette

“It is a real pat on the back, a relief,” added Ms. Bilodeau with tremolos in the voice.

In the end, more than 600 partners who have put hand to the dough to support the organization. Not to mention the donations of thousands of viewers, schools and communities.


For the first time in its history, Operation enfant Soleil has presented a telethon almost entirely pre-recorded to comply with the security measures linked to the health crisis of COVID-19.

The Child Sun of the Bas-Saint-Laurent Emma Deschênes

It is, therefore, in this particular context that this new edition has been circulated, in alternation, on Facebook, and VAT for 15 h in a row.

The Child Sun of the Ottawa Elyssa Lepage and his brother Loïk

“All we wanted is to demonstrate to families that we were there by our presence on tv. We had no idea if people were going to continue to be there because of the current period “, told in an interview to Maxime Landry, a spokesman for the organization for 10 years.

For him, this 33rd edition of “history,” of which he will remember throughout his life is proof of the solidarity of Quebecers ” who support in the face of adversity “.

The Child Sun Maëly and his dad Antoine

No question to cancel

Abandon the families of the sick children was not an option for the president and CEO of Opération enfant Soleil, Julie Lemieux.

The Child Sun Eloise Parisé

“It was hardly envisaged the cancellation because it would have been to give up in the face of adversity. Obviously, it was the right decision, ” she said.

It also mentioned that the telethon this year is one of the “very good” since the creation of the event.

The child sun maëly and his dad Antoine

“The majority of our campaigns of the spring have been cancelled, so it was expected that the final amount will be lower. But we can say “mission accomplished”, it is a success ! The gifts of today have been able to keep up a good part of the lost ground. ”

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