Founded more than 30 years ago, Le Rire Médicin (”the medicinal laugh”) gives hospitalised children a chance to play and laugh, helping them to fight their illnesses. Each year, the association's 135 professional comedians and clowns visit 70 paediatric services and perform 90,000 times for sick children, their families and caregivers.
Pieces & Peace will support this organisation from 21st June to 20th September 2023: for each puzzle sold, 1 € will be donated to Le Rire Médecin.
By supporting Le Rire Médecin, we can help children and their families face hospital stays and all the anxieties these entail. We give children a chance to feel as carefree as they should at their age, and lend a helping hand while they conquer illnesses.
The performances in hospitals have many benefits:
- AThey bring joy to sick children: laughing helps chase away the anxiety and suffering due to the hospital stay.
- They comfort families: the minds of families (parents, brothers, sisters...) are taken off the children's illnesses.
- They help caregivers: by distracting from invasive treatments.
Pieces & Peace has chosen to support the French Food Bank network (Banques Alimentaires): for each puzzle sold between 21st March et 20th June 2023, 1 € will be donated to this organisation.
The Food Banks are France's primary provider of food assistance. They are active in a number of fields:
- simultaneous fight against food scarcity and food waste
- use of food assistance to create social connections
- contribution to the improvement of the food being distributed
- constant adaptation to the changing needs of society and vulnerable persons, while respecting sustainable development goals
The Food Banks collect foodstuffs from suppliers such as distribution networks, farmers, the agri-food industry and, during the National Collection in November, from individuals. These foodstuffs are then distributed to persons receiving food assistance, through local organisations, social grocery stores and community centres.
Every year, more than 2 million people in France receive this support. The need for food assistance is often due to unforeseen changes in circumstances such as losing one's job, illness, a separation or divorce, or debts.
But the Food Banks face mounting difficulties: decreasing donations, rising costs (particularly those related to collecting products, energy prices, etc.). At the same time, it is feared that high inflation and rising food prices will lead to a rising need for assistance in populations living in food insecurity.
Organisations that help people who suffer are close to the hearts of Pieces & Peace. In fact, we committed to donating 1 € for each of our puzzles sold to an organisation working for peace and well-being in the world.
Currently, we support Eva pour la vie, an organisation that helps families with children suffering from cancer. Cancer is the most common cause of death from illnesses among children. Every year, 2.500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer and 500 die of the illness.
Eva is active in several fields:
Help for families of sick children: The association organises events to brighten the daily life of hospitalised children, who suffer psychically and physically due to their illnesses. Eva also supports families financially, particularly by covering the costs of treatments, and helps them find places to stay close to their hospitalised children.
Financial help for research: Eva supports researchers financially, as the amounts currently dedicated to researching childhood cancer are insufficient and don't cover the costs of existing research projects. There is a shortfall of approximately 10 to 15 million euros every year.
Finally, Eva aims to alert the public and government to the lack of funds for cancer research. In fact, in some cases, such as brainstem tumors, only palliative treatments are available and the cancer is unfortunately fatal for the children diagnosed with it.
We want to do our part and support this organisation. This is why Pieces & Peace will donate 1 € for each puzzle sold from 21st December 2022 to 20th March 2023.