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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 3, 2011 – It’s been nine years since the death of Franco Di Giovanni and as every day passes, Lina Di Giovanni is one step closer to defeating the disease which took her father’s life.

Established by Lina, a parent volunteer after her father lost his battle with Glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain cancer, the Franco Di Giovanni Foundation has ingrained itself in the fabric of the English Montreal School Board community, raising $200,000 since 2004. 

With all money going directly to the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital to support their Brain Tumour Research Center, as well as towards grants for students and research, the goal for the foundation in 2011 is simple - surpassing the $250,000 plateau.

Assisted by Mike Talevi, principal of Leonardo da Vinci Academy in RDP, two major events are planned for this year’s campaign which will hopefully cross that fundraising threshold.

At EMSB schools and centres, Mr. Talevi hopes individuals organize dress down days, bake sales or raffles as a way to encourage donations. As an incentive for students, grey ribbons, sports jerseys, and electronic gadgets will be made available for raffles or as prizes.

On Saturday, March 19 the Foundation will also host its annual Social at the Prima Luna Reception hall. Tickets are $100 per person, for which attendees receive a seven course meal with wine, an open bar, countless door prizes, entertainment by Goldstarr D.J.’s as well as the opportunity to participate in auctions of sports memorabilia.

For more information on organizing events for your school or centre, please contact Mike Talevi at 514-648-2764 or For more information on the foundation or to purchase tickets for the Social, please call Lina Di Giovanni at 514-494-6831.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213