As activities across the province are being put on hold and people are intensifying their preventive efforts, philanthropy has more power than ever to play a crucial role in society. It is also presents us with a unique opportunity to put our best foot forward for our children.

The world we live in today is a reflection of our commitment to the causes we care about. Governments are certainly a key part of this, but they cannot bear all the weight themselves. It is up to us – each and every one of us – to pool our efforts and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

There’s no pause button when it comes to being sick – we all know that. The same thing can be said about the highest-risk people served by any charity, whose involvement can make all the difference. Philanthropy has always been the impetus behind society’s most game-changing movements. But, paradoxically, it is often the first thing people put aside when they’re rolling up their sleeves.

This week, like numerous other charities, we announced the postponement of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s spring fundraising events. This situation significantly hinders the capacity of our organization, and others like it, to fulfill our commitments and pursue our mission, at a time when countless issues so desperately require our attention.

I would therefore like to appeal broadly to people’s sense of generosity. And I invite my peers from the philanthropic community to do the same.

A crisis can be the driving force that brings hearts and minds together. Let’s show our children that a unified society is a stronger society. Because although they make up only 20% of our population, they represent 100% of our future.