May 20, 2022

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CH in the final: A Joke Challenge feeds 3,200 homeless people

CH in the final: A Joke Challenge feeds 3,200 homeless people

The Montreal Canadians’ participation in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 28 years is a vegetarian meal for 3,200 homeless people, courtesy of 15 restaurants in Greater Montreal and the challenge launched on the airwaves of 91.9 FM.

To understand, let’s go back to April 2021 at the end of the Hubs season. On 91.9 FM, host David Ettegui slammed the success of the Montreal Canadians and challenged his colleague and former Hobbs player, Georges Larac, to deliver 50 chickens to those in need.

Vegan, a former hockey player, rebuilt it in his own way, choosing to donate a vegan meal. “I was told in the air that I would eat whole chicken if I reached the Canadian Stanley Cup final,” the host said, which was on display at Place Emily-Gamelin for distribution this Saturday.

Nearly 15 restaurants and eight foundations have decided to launch an evolution of something pleasing to Georges Laraque. “It’s unbelievable. It’s gone viral,” explained one who wants to repeat a similar event in the coming years.

Gisline Dorian was one of a hundred people waiting calmly and at a good distance to take a meal and eat on the spot. “I’m so happy to have food,” he recalled, adding that the pandemic was not easy for people living in similar conditions with him.


Photo agency QMI, Alex Proteu

During the meal distribution, Montreal Myers, Valerie Plante, recalled the severity of the homeless on the metropolitan streets due to the epidemic. “I really need the Quebec government, among others, to keep the resources the city needs,” she said.

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“If there is not to be a camp, people must have temporary resources that can lead to eternity,” said Milton, who actively oversees the park, where many homeless people live. “We want them to be safe,” she said.

Mission Bon Aquile president and CEO Sam Watts, who is in charge of logistics, agreed that the move was in response to the companies’ response. “It was enormous. Frankly, I was moved,” he said.

Meals not found on Saturday takers will be delivered by various companies in the next few days.