MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 16, 2016) - Media are invited to attend Rentrée la tête haute, Welcome Hall Mission's annual back-to-school event for Montreal's underprivileged children. With the average cost of fees and supplies averaging over $500 per child, the event is an important one for families struggling to make ends meet. This year, the Mission will provide over 2,600 children with new pairs of shoes and backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies. It is estimated that about one in five children live below the poverty level in Montreal.

Rentrée la tête haute also kicks off an entire year of programs designed to support the success of children in the South-West district of Montreal to break the poverty cycle. In collaboration with families, the Children's Services team accompanies children in their social and personal development through a variety of programs tailored to their needs including academic support, summer programming, camps and special events.

WHAT: Media briefing to kick-off the Rentrée la tête haute event
WHEN: August 16th at 10:30 AM
WHO: Cyril Morgan, CEO of Welcome Hall Mission
Hans St-Just, head of Children's Services at Welcome Hall Mission
Monique Vallée, city councillor at Ville de Montreal, responsible for the social and community development and homelessness
Families who will receive backpacks
WHERE: 4755 A Acorn Street (corner De Courcelle), Montreal

Backpacks will be distributed to families who have previously registered for the program from 9 AM to 4 PM on August 16 and 17 at Welcome Hall Mission located on Acorn Street in St-Henri. During these two fun-filled days, children will also take part in various learning activities, will discover how to make slime with the team from Mad Science, meet players from the Montreal Impact and be encouraged to excel at school by Anthony Imperioli and the irrepressible Nonna Maria. Firefighters from the Montreal fire department who will teach children about fire safety and entertainer Micky Farkas round out the list of special guests.

About Welcome Hall Mission

Established in 1892, Welcome Hall Mission has become the largest doorway to help for Montrealers in need. Many programs are available to support the homeless, young single mothers, families, children and youth. Welcome Hall Mission aims at giving them hope through concrete actions and effective solutions to help them improve their lives and reintegrate into society.

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Sophie Allard, APR
514-499-3030, ext. 771 or 514-808-9474

Kathryn Stephens
Senior Manager of Development and Public Relations
514-523-5288 ext. 303 or 514-220-6071