Canadian Paralympic athlete Jimmy Pelletier arrives in Cataraqui near Kingston next week while journeying 7,200 km across Canada by hand bike in just 67 days to raise $500,000 for people suffering from autism spectrum disorders and physical or intellectual disabilities.
Jimmy leads a team of six courageous cyclists from Vancouver to Halifax from the 7th of May to the 10th of July. The money raised will be given to Patro Roc-Amadour and Adaptavie, two Quebec nonprofit organizations, as well as various nonprofit organizations located in the cities visited during Jimmy’s coast-to-coast challenge. Read the full release below:
RELEASE — Canadian Paralympic athlete Jimmy Pelletier has crossed the Ontarian border from Manitoba this weekend while journeying 7,200 km across Canada by hand bike in just 67 days to raise $500,000 for people suffering from autism spectrum disorders and physical or intellectual disabilities.
With more than 1,400 km to go before reaching Québec, Jimmy and his team will take the time to stop at Thunder Bay on the 6th of June in order to visit l’École Catholique Franco-Supérieur students. “It is important for me to meet children across the country to promote perseverance, respect for difference and mutual aid. Through my experience, I hope they see that nothing is impossible” said Jimmy Pelletier.
Jimmy’s journey in Ontario will also mark the halfway point of his 7200-kilometer trip from Vancouver to Halifax. On June 10, somewhere between Marathon and White River, Jimmy will roll his 3600th kilometer.
Sault-Sainte-Marie, South Baymouth, Bowmanville near Oshawa and Cataraqui near Kingston are also part of Jimmy’s itinerary which should bring him and his team to the Quebec border on the 24th of June. For all details regarding his schedule, you can followthis link.
A JOURNEY TO HELP OTHERS
Jimmy departed Vancouver on the 7th of May and is leading a team of six courageous cyclists to Halifax. Their arrival is planned for the 10th of July. The money raised will be given to Patro Roc-Amadour and Adaptavie, two Quebec nonprofit organizations.
Always ready to help others in need, Jimmy Pelletier invites Canadians to keep him rolling across the country by buying one or many kilometres at $25 each.
Jimmy Pelletier survived a car accident in 1996 that left him paraplegic at 19 years old. He chose to embrace his condition and, with great perseverance, became a successful Paralympian. He has been a member of the Canadian hand cycling race bike team and he competed in the Torino 2006 Paralympic Games in cross-country skiing. Last year, he became the second in the world to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro using an adaptive mountain bike.
ABOUT LA RANDONNÉE JIMMY PELLETIER
An annual charity event in Quebec since 2014, La Randonnée Jimmy Pelletier organizes benefit events and financial campaigns to allow the purchase of adapted sports equipment and the realization of projects aiming at the development, socialization and accompaniment of people with disabilities. This year, Jimmy Pelletier—The Journey through Canada is a unique special edition that is combined with La Randonnée Jimmy Pelletier’s Quebec activities.
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