6 NEW REASONS TO GIVE
2021 Annual Campaign
The pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for all of us. Some are acute, such as the need to stock food banks and protect mental health in people of all ages. In this respect, culture, the arts and literature, offer the simplest of remedies.
Why make a donation to the Blue Metropolis Foundation? Because it offers a wide range of original programming either online, or in libraries, classrooms and festival halls when possible. Because the Blue Met contributes more than ever to the well-being of children, adults and seniors during these difficult times.
Literature broadens our outlook, our minds, our hearts. It fosters empathy which, in turn, creates the generosity our society so badly needs. It allows us to better understand others and to take up the fight against racism. It’s an alternative to social media and a way to break through isolation.
The projects listed here show just how the Blue Met intends to use words, imagination and the power of a shared dream, to work for the common good.
Every donation counts, now more than ever. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, our team has doubled its efforts to promote reading, break social isolation and to lend a hand to people who, in light of the mental health challenges of the moment, could use the lift.
DONATE BY CHEQUE
Print and fill out the downloadable form.
and send it with a cheque labeled for Blue Metropolis Foundation,
at 661, rue Rose-de-lima, bureau 204, Montréal (QC) H4C 2L7
Charity Organization number : 88516 8948 RR0001
WHY SUPPORT THE BLUE METROPOLIS FOUNDATION?
TEACHING YOUNGSTERS TO SHARE
During the Holiday season, your donation will fund Writers as Gifts: the spirit of sharing. Eight children’s authors will be asked to write an original story, to be recorded as a video, on the subject of sharing and giving from the heart. The platform will contain links to charitable organizations and suggest ways to help vulnerable members of our community. There will also be a reading list of captivating novels and stories about sharing and giving.
For Valentine’s Day, All-better words for healthcare workers will invite children 3-8 years of age to send a few words of comfort, or a heartfelt drawing, by mail, to people on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. With the help of our Guide for Parents, youngsters will write to healthcare workers, CHSLD staff, or seniors in lockdown, to wish them joy and courage. Never underestimate the power of children’s drawings and words.
IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING THROUGH READING
For several years now, we’ve been interested in the close link between reading and well-being, and in the potential for novels and poetry to lessen prejudice against people with mental health issues. Your gift will help fund 5 discussion sessions with authors whose work (for children, youths, or adults) fosters empathy for those who suffer, as well as an online writing workshop designed to help people feel better through self-expression. Visit our platform on Mental Heath!
The fight against racism and exclusion is an ongoing test for society. Our Hope to Remember events at the Salon du Livre de Montréal illustrates perfectly the role Blue Metropolis can play in favouring social inclusion. Your gift will allow the Festival to dedicate resources to annual programming which offers encounters and debates that are as instructive as they are stimulating for the mind.
READING TO CURE
This wonderful series, that brings authors’ tours to children’s hospitals and special needs schools, will celebrate its 5th anniversary in 2021. Supporting this project means that sick children and those with reduced mobility will continue to benefit from the magic of reading.
BLUE METROPOLIS FOR ALL
Our accessibility initiative needs your donation. In 2020-2021, we hope to present 10 literary activities with simultaneous sign language interpretation.