Every year, Stéphane Billette donates the funds raised through this 1,000-km cycling challenge to a school in the Huntingdon County in order to encourage healthy lifestyle habits among youth. This year, he rode on the Assemblée nationale team with the member for Granby, François Bonnardel; the member for Borduas, Simon-Jolin Barrette; the member for Drummond-Bois-Francs, Sébastien Schneeberger and the member for Labelle, Sylvain Pagé.
“I am very proud and above all, very happy to donate $21,625 to École Saint-Romain. For me, this is an accomplishment of the efforts spent throughout the year, during both training and the challenge. This year, I cycled more than 600km in four days. Some kilometres were more difficult than others and when my energy seemed to be all gone, I thought of the youth who would benefit from this and also of all the people who supported me,” said Mr. Billette.
The funds will be used to support the “Fais ton cirque” project at the school; a project that will allow students to improve their lifestyle habits and participate in several physical activities.
In 2013, he raised $10,055 for École Saint-Jean in Howick and last year, the École primaire Héritage in Huntingdon received $20,950 through these efforts. This year, a selection committee formed from the prefects of the four MRCs of the Huntingdon County chose École St-Romain in Hemmingford as the winner.
The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie aims to promote healthy lifestyle habits and support research on rare hereditary illnesses. The funds raised are shared among more than 350 sponsored schools.