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An inspiring story: the creation of the Julie Thorn Fund



The Foundation of Greater Montréal took the opportunity at the National Philanthropy Day gathering to share an inspiring story. It goes back to February 21, 2012, the day on which a 16-year-old girl named Julie Thorn died at Polyvalente Deux-Montagnes after going into cardiac arrest. Not long after this tragic event, Marie-Hélène Proulx, a student then aged 19, and Marie-Hélène Thorn, the sister of Julie, created the Julie Thorn Fund. Their objective: provide schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) and deliver training on cardiovascular resuscitation (CPR). 
The fund was created in 2012 with an initial investment of $80, and the value has since risen to nearly $15,000 as a result of the many related fund-raising events and activities. Three years later, in consideration of the money raised and the growth of the assets at the FGM, a first donation of $1,235 could be made to the ACT Foundation, a national charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator programs in Canadian high schools. This donation will make it possible to install a defibrillator at the first targeted school in 2016.
"The philanthropic community is at a crossroads,” said Yvan Gauthier. “More than ever, we must create different ways of inspiring each other to invest in the betterment of the community. Youth-driven initiatives and new digital media tools for reaching donors are achieving that goal. The creation of the Julie Thorn Fund shows that philanthropy empowers all citizens to devote themselves to a cause that is dear to them, such as honouring the memory of a loved one."
Anyone wishing to support the growth of the Julie Thorn Fund for the purchase of defibrillators can now make a donation via the website of the Foundation of Greater Montréal here :