OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 06/18/12 -- Brookfield Renewable Energy Group announced today that $350,000 has been distributed among five charitable organizations in the Ottawa-Gatineau region: the Centre de pediatrie sociale de Gatineau, the Franco-Ontarian Society for Autism, Trait d'Union Outaouais, the Zach Foundation and Candle Lighters Ottawa. The funds were raised by Brookfield Renewable together with sponsors of its annual charity golf tournament held last Friday. The 2012 event raised the single largest amount in its 8-year history, and all proceeds were given to these organizations dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children in our region. Each year, Brookfield Renewable selects multiple organizations to be the recipients of the tournament proceeds. The tournament has raised over $1.5 million since its inception in 2005, supporting 12 organizations and the thousands of people they serve.
'This event is so special to us because it allows us to support the work of these remarkable organizations and their tireless efforts in helping children in our communities. We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsors, donors and participants who team up with us to make a difference in our communities,' said Richard Legault, President & Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Renewable.
Each year, Brookfield Renewable holds its charity golf tournament at the Fairmount Chateau Montebello Golf Club in Montebello, Quebec. The 2012 event attracted 75 sponsors/donors including CIBC, Fidelity National Title, McGladrey, RNC Media and Torys, and over 200 participants. Event proceeds are matched by Brookfield Renewable and donated directly to the charitable organizations at a reception following the event.
About the organizations:
Centre de pediatrie sociale de Gatineau specializes in the emerging field of social pediatrics provides help to less fortunate kids that feel vulnerability, rejection, sickness or abandonment by the community. The centre aims to help these children find their health and their hopes again, focusing on reaching their full potential. The Centre believes in sharing power with the families and the important people in the child's life respectfully and with dignity, as well as in the promotion of children's rights. www.pediatriesocialegat.org
La Fondation Zach is an organization that helps children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Standard therapy for individuals suffering from CF is airway clearance. In order to clear mucus from airways, people with CF use a variety of other methods. These methods include postural drainage with percussion, PEP and the Flutter®. There are also newer therapies such as high-frequency chest wall oscillation (commonly referred to as a 'vest') and the Frequencer. The organization's namesake, Zach was offered the gift of life by receiving the 'vest' from a fund raising activity by his hockey team after which he decided that he wanted to raise money to help other children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis to benefit from the same treatment. www.fondationzach.com
Candlelighters Ottawa is an Ottawa not-for-profit organization that provides critical support to children with cancer and their families. It fosters development of better understanding of the many challenges and impact that childhood cancer has on these families' lives. www.candlelighters.net
The Societe franco-ontarienne de l'autisme aims to meet the needs of people with autism, as well as their families, while promoting their interests. www.autismefranco.ca
Trait d'Union Outaouais is a nonprofit, regional community organization whose mission is to provide services to promote the social integration of youth up to 21 years of age who have been diagnosed with autism or another pervasive developmental disorder, all while offering support to their family and friends. www.traitdunionoutaouais.com
About Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group operates the renewable power generation platform of Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $150 billion in assets under management. Brookfield's renewable energy portfolio is primarily hydroelectric and totals approximately 5,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Diversified across 67 river systems and 10 power markets in Canada, the United States and Brazil, the portfolio generates enough electricity from renewable resources to power two million homes on average each year. For more information, please visit www.brookfieldrenewable.com.
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Director, Corporate Communications