Our teams are rising the chal­lenge

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - MOT DE L’ADJUDANT-CHEF -

On June 14th, two teams

from Ba­got­ville’s cy­cling group took off in the Grand Dé­fi Pierre La­voie ( GDPL) chal­lenge in La Baie for the fourth conse­cu­tive year. In to­tal, 206 teams consis­ting of five cy­clists each rode the 1000 km route which en­ded in Mon­treal on Sun­day, June 16th. To achieve this, cy­clists had to tra­vel bet­ween 336 and 673

km’s each du­ring the 60 hours that the jour­ney las­ted. " We've all had our share of pro­blems, but we stayed po­si­tive. Our trials are no­thing com­pa­red to those of chil­dren in­flic­ted by child­hood di­seases, like lit­tle Aly­cia, daugh­ter of Pte Jo­sée Gi­rard, who has a se­vere di­sease cal­led Epi­der­mo­ly­sis Bul­lo­sa. Our thoughts were for these chil­dren; their dai­ly struggles and their te­na­ci­ty to over­come them has ser­ved as an example! “, Said Lieu­te­nant Mé­la­nie Jo­doin, one of the cy­clists from Ba­got­ville who took part in the chal­lenge. Cy­clists were not the on­ly people to re­present Ba­got­ville’s squa­drons; ma­ny ci­vil

ian em­ployees and mi­li­ta­ry per­son­nel joi­ned the team of Pierre La­voie as vo­lun­teers. Their hard work and en­thu­siasm hel­ped make this event a suc­cess.

Fun­drai­sing and school


The Grand Dé­fi is an op­por­tu­ni­ty for cy­cling teams to contri­bute to the im­pro­ve­ment of chil­dren’s li­fe­styles by spon

so­ring a school in their com­mu­ni­ty. As a re­sult, close to $ 10,000 will be paid to the schools spon­so­red by the Ba­got­ville cy­clists. The schools are: Mé­dé­ric- Gra­vel in La Baie and Saint- Gra­briel of Fer­land- Boi­leau. By spon­so­ring these two pri­ma­ry schools, cy­clists en­cou­rage young people to par­ti­ci­pate in their " Get up and

move” chal­lenge. The team’s fi­nan­cial contri­bu­tion will be in­ves­ted in pro­jects that sup­port the adop­tion of heal­thy li­fe­styles and will al­so go to­wards the pur­chase of sports equip­ment. The team thanks all those who par­ti­ci­pa­ted in their fun­drai­sing.

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