Building bridges in the community
Sanofi Canada donates nearly $40,000 to Centraide of Greater Montreal as 2017 Season of Solidarity campaign comes to an end

Laval, February 23, 2018 - Sanofi Canada congratulates Centraide of Greater Montreal for its remarkable success in its 2017 fundraising campaign, proudly contributing $39,389 and donating countless volunteer hours through the company’s 2017 Season of Solidarity campaign. 

“Empowering life is at the core of what we do. I am so proud that when our team has the chance to make a direct difference in the communities in which we live and work, their generosity of spirit always comes through and they jump at the opportunity,” says Niven Al-Khoury, President, Sanofi Canadaand co-director for heath care for Centraide’s 2017 fundraising campaign. “Working closely with an organization like Centraide is crucial to being a responsible corporate member of the community, and we are happy to be able to do our part, and to help drive fundraising efforts from healthcare organizations across the region.”

The local donation is just a small portion of Sanofi Canada’s overall contributions towards United Way/Centraide initiatives to break the cycle of poverty and exclusion across Canada, which totalled nearly $240,000 in 2017. These efforts included a $200,295 contribution from Sanofi’s Toronto site, as well as the donation from Sanofi in the Greater Montreal area.

A tradition of giving back

Sanofi Canada’s community initiatives during the 2017 Season of Solidarity were not limited to United Way/Centraide. The Sanofi team has generously supported several local community initiatives, including the following:

  • Centre de bénévolat et moisson Laval: On Monday, December 11, an enthusiastic group of Sanofi employees joined forces with the Centre de bénévolat et moisson Laval for the sixth consecutive year. The employees donated a selection of non-perishable food items and volunteered their time to pack Christmas baskets to feed families in need.

  • Operation Santa Claus: Through a new partnership, Sanofi employees lent Santa Claus a helping hand to bring gifts to children in need in the Laval area. Sanofi elves responded to letters from children on Santa’s behalf, and helped him fulfill gift wishes from each letter. Opération Père Noël then ensured that Santa delivered the gift on December 25. Nearly 60 Sanofi employees donated their time to the effort, putting together nearly 70 gifts for children. Sanofi was proud to match the contributions of its employees, donating $40 per participant. 

  • 44th Annual Lavallois Blood drive: Sanofi Canada was the largest corporate donor to the annual Laval-area blood drive in September, and its employees were proud to roll up their sleeves and give blood.

About Sanofi --

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions.

With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Sanofi entities in Canada include the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care Business Unit, the General Medicines and Established Products Business Unit, Sanofi Pasteur (vaccines), Sanofi Genzyme (specialty care) and Sanofi Consumer Health. Together, we employ close to 1,900 people in Canada. In 2016, Sanofi companies invested $130 million in research and development in Canada, creating jobs, economic activity and opportunity throughout the country.

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