Mr. P. Peter Pascali Donates $100,000 in the Battle Against COVID-19
On March 19th, 2020, Mr. P. Peter Pascali, CEO of PyroGenesis Canada Inc, personally donated $100,000 to the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (“CHUM”) Foundation, McGill University Health Centre (“MUHC”) Foundation, and Montreal General Hospital Foundation, all in Quebec, Canada, in order to demonstrate public support for the health care workers in their ongoing battle against COVID-19.
“The primary reason I wanted to make this donation was to demonstrate to the health care workers of Quebec, the doctors, the nurses and support staff, that the public has their back in our battle against COVID-19,” said Mr. Pascali. “That we will do all in our power to ensure that they have the tools to do the job we know they so desperately want to do properly.”
At the same time Mr. Pascali called upon Quebec Industry leaders, sports figures, and other luminaries to support him in this challenge: “This is a group effort,” he said, “The Government is doing an amazing job. The health care workers are the unsung heroes in this crisis. Now it is time to do our part. The tragedy unfolding today has not been seen on this scale since World War II. This is not the time for us to stand idly by. Quebec needs you. Your friends and family need you. Above all, those on the front line, who may be caring for you or a loved one very soon, need you.”
Mr. Pascali was quick to note that “As we are starting to hunker down to weather the storm, and the bars, sports events and restaurants close, we have each surely saved $10. If each of us donates $10 to the cause, we will collect well over $50 million.”
When asked why he chose these institutions for his donations, Mr. Pascali answered simply, “They represent both French and English sector hospitals, and quite frankly this virus is oblivious to language, religion, color, sex or creed. As such I thought it fitting to fund these institutions. They all have their jobs to do.”
In conclusion, Mr. Pascali had a special message to some of the younger, more driven, members of Quebec: “To all those teenagers and young adults sitting at home who may, or may not, be able to contribute financially to the extent they would like, there is a lot you can do. You can make this into a movement by sharing and blogging what we are trying to do. You may not realize it now, but you are players in a crisis of historical proportion. You can change its course by working your magic. You have the power to turn this into a tsunami of support and save lives with the same effect as if you were a health care provider on the front lines. These health care providers will not let you down. Let us not let them down.”