Celine's Commitment to Charity
Celine is committed to many good causes. She is the National Celebrity Patron for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and has also established the Celine Dion Foundation.
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Cystic Fibrosis Canada
The article below details Celine's involvement with the Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CFC), and appears courtesy of CFC.
Celine Dion began promoting public awareness of cystic fibrosis back in 1982. Since those early days of her career, Celine's commitment to the CF cause has remained a constant part of her life.
That commitment is marked by real life tragedy. Celine was in the room when her niece, Karine, succumbed to the disease at the age of 16.
Celine began supporting the CF cause at the regional level by collaborating with the Cystic Fibrosis Quebec (CFQ) - the Foundation's provincial arm in Quebec. She helped spread the CF message by participating in media interviews, CFQ public service campaigns and fundraising activities. In August of 1993, Celine strengthened her commitment by graciously accepting the Foundation's invitation to be its national Celebrity Patron. As part of her increased involvement, Celine participated in the Foundation's Canada-wide public awareness campaign, from 1994 to 1997. The central message of this campaign - featuring Celine and Chanelle Lemieux Lecavalier, a child with CF from Hull, PQ - was one of both hope and urgency. Hope, that a cure or an effective control for cystic fibrosis will be found. Urgency, for continued public support is required to realize this goal.
In addition to promoting public awareness of the CF cause, Celine generates significant revenues for cystic fibrosis research and treatment from Canadian and international sources, and has generously donated to the Foundation her appearance fees from several concerts and guest appearances. In 1996, Celine helped the Foundation to secure an important new sponsorship with Royal Airlines.
There is no doubt that Celine's immense popularity, both in Canada and internationally, will continue to benefit the CF cause. As her songs reach a wider audience all over the world, she is now in a position to appeal to the generosity of a greater number of people. Each year and each step of her involvement have brought us closer to victory against cystic fibrosis.
CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
In December 2002, Celine and René accepted their new role as spokespersons of the Growing Up Healthy campaign of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, a hospital specialized in the treatment of sick children in Montreal, Quebec. They visited with sick children at the hospital and Celine recorded a TV commercial to bring attention to this cause. As part of their mandate, Celine and René helped raise $125 million dollars in donations from the public for the hospital’s development plan.
In December 2012, Celine and René renewed their commitment by supporting the Healing More Better campaign which is the hospitals biggest campaign to date. As honorary lifetime patrons of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, they are helping to spread a message of hope and inviting the public to join together to support the largest mother-child centre in Canada to raise a total of $150 million by 2018.
The Sainte-Justine Hospital’s mission includes care, research and teaching, with a firm commitment towards children and mothers.
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Faces of Hope 2008
In 2008, Celine took part in the special humanitarian project "Faces of Hope," which involved a photo shoot with twelve child survivors from nine countries around the world. Four fundraising items were created from this photo shoot and available for purchase: a book about the miracle children, a 2009 family calendar and two different series of greeting cards. All proceeds from these items were donated to the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as well as UNICEF.