MONTREAL, May 30, 2010 – National Hockey League veteran Georges Laraque will visit Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School (4700 Lavoisier) in St. Léonard on Monday, May 31 (11 a.m.) to accept a cheque of $3,000 for his World Vision Haiti relief project and to participate in the school’s read-a-thon.
Following many months as an ambassador for Haiti relief, Laraque is about to make his first trip to the battered country where his parents are from and many of his relatives still live. Since parting ways with the Montreal Canadiens he has travelled across the province and many parts of Canada to raise awareness and funds. The aim of his Hockey for Haiti project is to rebuild the Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed by the earthquake. He has already received the support of the National Hockey League Players Association and the English Montreal School Board.
Pierre de Coubertin is holding a read-a-thon on May 31 and June 1.
“We are challenging the kids to read as much as possible during a week long period and collect pledges from parents, relatives and others,” says Principal Nick Katalifos. “We are having guest speakers like Georges come in to read to the kids and talk to them about the importance of reading in their lives.”
Laraque will read a book in French to some very young students.