Our first Les tannants au volant fundraising rally was a roaring success!

See the event's photos, by PBL Photography

With P.K. Subban as the guest of honour, the rally raised $300,000 to help sick newborns, children, teens, and pregnant mums and their babies receive care at The Children's

Yes! P.K. Subban is back in town as the guest of honour at today’s Les tannants au volant, a car rally organized by the Foundation. The first edition of this charity event raised over $300,000 for the Healthy Kids Fund, which supports innovative pediatric care, research and education.

“It is terrific to be back in Montreal! I love this city; love the people and love raising money for The Children’s Foundation,” said P.K. Subban, spokesperson for the Foundation. “I’m in awe of the folks at The Children’s. They are committed to advancing pediatric medicine through innovative care, programs and research projects. They stop at nothing to help and heal the young children in their care. Quite frankly, The Children’s is the best place to be when your child is unwell. It is an honour for me to be doing my small part to help the next generation achieve their personal best.”

Earlier in the day, P.K. visited The Children's, bringing a little joy to the sick babies, children and teens spending the summer confined to hospital beds. “I always look forward to spending time with the patients at the Hospital; it is the highlight of my visit to Montreal. Throughout the pandemic, I was able to connect with many of the children through virtual hangouts, but nothing replaces being able to meet with my friends in person.”

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Drivers and their navigators cruised around the greater Montreal area following clues from André-Philippe Gagnon that led them to six different stops where they enjoyed tasty gourmet experiences and interactive games, all from the comfort and safety of their car. There was also an online auction.

“A huge thank you to our participants, sponsors, André-Philippe Gagnon and our beloved P.K.,” said Renée Vézina, President of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. “I am so grateful for everyone’s support. As you know, the last 18-months have been very challenging. COVID-19 has drastically changed our lives, and it continues to affect us in so many ways. For us at The Children's Foundation, the impact of the pandemic is significant – we cancelled many of our in-person fundraising activities. So, it is a relief to be able to hold this charitable event and to provide the hospital with as much support as possible."

Three cheers for our sponsors: Pfizer, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, RBC Royal Bank, Plan A and Desjardins.