Friday, August 28, 2015
The annual Familiprix Défi-Vélo Bike Challenge added another spoke to its wheel this year with a race for adults and children, turning it into the Défi-Santé Fitness Challenge. For over eight years the race has gained popularity among runners, and now the event is open to even more sports lovers in our company.
Not even the torrential downpour could stop the nearly 70 people who biked 100 or 200 km or ran 2.5 or 10 km in support of sick children!
The event organizers—pharmacy owners Jean-Luc Trottier, Régis Tremblay, Gérald Cloutier, and Daniel Desgagné—raised $90,129 this year thanks to the help of many other pharmacists, employees, and business partners. In nine years, the bike challenges and now the fitness challenge have raised a total of $681,889 for charity.
All the money raised was donated to Opération Enfant Soleil—not a penny was used to organize the event. “Everyone who took part in the Défi-Santé Fitness Challenge helped make the day a huge success. Braving the rain was nothing compared to the battles these children fight each day against illness. The event was unbelievably fun. Everyone rose to the challenge and helped these children conquer their own personal challenges!” said Jean-Luc Trottier.
We at Familiprix have been a partner of Opération Enfant Soleil for over 23 years. This partnership is very important to us because it clearly highlights our company’s family values. Keeping people—and especially kids—healthy is our main concern. To date, Familiprix has donated over $11.5 million to the cause.
BEING A SPONSOR PAYS OFF!
Each new participant in the Défi-Santé 2015 Fitness Challenge was entered into a draw for a one-night stay and breakfast at Le Bonne Entente luxury hotel in Sainte-Foy. Luck favoured Laval pharmacy owner Alain Gaudet. Congrats, Alain!
We would like to thank all of this year’s participants, and we hope to see you all again next year!