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Title: Canadian women climbing Kilimanjaro for children's foundation
Post by: 7summits on Dec 3 2004, 04:07
One expedition, 18 women, one objective: $250,000

"Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro for the children"

MONTREAL - From Feb. 5 through 18, 2005, a group of 18 dedicated women will embark on a journey to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, located in the African country of Tanzania, for an initiative called "Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro for the children".  The expedition has the goal of raising $250,000 to benefit the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.

The group of women includes Rose Gillett, wife of George N. Gillett Jr, owner of the Canadiens, Lucie Boivin, wife of Pierre Boivin, President of the Canadiens, Michele Piuze, wife of Patrick Roy, and Claudine Douville, reporter for Réseau des Sports.

Members of the Kilimanjaro 2005 expedition were on hand at the Bell Centre Thursday morning to announce the official launch of the initiative. 

"This project was inspired by the desire to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children," said Lise Beaudry, administrative assistant to Pierre Boivin and both head organizer and member of the expedition.  "The innovative nature of this project allowed us to assemble a group of dedicated women who will attempt to rise to the challenge with the hope of helping children overcome their own challenges on the way to a better life."

"It is important to underline that all costs related to the trip and the expedition are the sole responsibility of each participant," noted Lucie Boivin, member of the Board of the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation.  "Every dollar collected will be donated to the Foundation and directly benefit the children. Our determination, coupled with the generosity of donors, will help improve the quality of life of many children’’.

By contributing financial resources to combat poverty and promote health, well-being and sport, the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation helps children who are underprivileged, sick and have special needs.  Since its inception four years ago, the Foundation has donated more than $2 million to charitable endeavors, supporting nearly 100 non-profit organizations from throughout the province of Quebec.

For more information or to make a donation to the Kilimanjaro 2005 expedition, please consult the special section of canadiens.com (http://www.canadiens.com/eng/kili2005/cause.cfm) that has been created to support the initiative.  Donations can also be sent to:

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation
260 De La Gauchetière West
Montreal, QC, CANADA
H3B 5E8

(from this page (http://www.canadiens.com/eng/news/redirect.cfm?sectionID=habsNewsDetails.cfm&newsItemID=4046))
Title: Re: Canadian women climbing Kilimanjaro for children's foundation
Post by: MikeW on Dec 3 2004, 21:22
Vive le hockey!

The Montreal Canadiens is the premier hockey organization in the NHL, and here again they prove with this initiative their implications in the community. Well done!

I hope they will succeed to collect the $250,000 and reach the summit, good luck to these women.

Title: Re: Canadian women climbing Kilimanjaro for children's foundation
Post by: 7summits on Mar 1 2005, 05:15
Kilimanjaro: Mission accomplished
Group reaches summit, exceeds financial goals

MONTREAL - It was at once the adventure of a lifetime and a charitable undertaking unlike any in the history of the Montreal Canadiens.  When all was said and done, it was a resounding success on every level, even on those that stretched beyond the clouds themselves.
(http://www.canadiens.com/_static/webupload/news/4122_3.jpg)Kilimajaro summit - February 15, 2005 
It was in the fall of 2004 that Lise Beaudry, the administrative assistant to Canadiens President Pierre Boivin, had the idea to develop a unique form of fundraiser to benefit the Canadiens Children's Foundation in the absence of the usual charitable activities that occur during a hockey season.  After speaking with friends and doing her own research on the Web, the 59-year-old mother of two and grandmother of two others pitched a radical yet ambitious initiative: A trip to Africa to attempt an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point on the continent, with a target of raising $250,000 for the Foundation.

Her vision, supported by management and buoyed by the generous support of numerous sponsors, became a reality at the start of the month, when she and 17 other courageous women from all walks of life - among them Rose Gillett, wife of team owner George Gillett, Lucie Boivin, wife of Pierre Boivin, Lauren Taylor, fiancée of Assistant to the President Foster Gillett, and Michele Piuze, wife of Canadiens legendary goaltender Patrick Roy - began a trip halfway around the world to embark on their daunting climb.  Each woman covered her respective costs on her own, ensuring that every dollar raised would be delivered to those who need it most.

Two weeks later, the group will return to Montreal with their collective heads held high and over an astounding $455,000 - nearly double their original objective - in donations to benefit the Foundation and the many needy children throughout Quebec.  As detailed through Claudine Douville's dramatic journal entries and shown through photos here on canadiens.com,  16 of the 18 women who began the climb on Feb. 8 reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro on Tuesday, battling thin air, icy terrain, and other factors along the way.

The experience will be one the group never forgets.  Most importantly, it will be an experience that continues to make a difference in the lives of countless youngsters for months and years to come.

J.S. Trzcienski is the Site Manager for canadiens.com