To mark the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, several members of a few different cooperatives have decided to challenge themselves by participating in a relay race to raise funds for youth programs.
These are not professional runners. They are entrepreneurs, workers and cooperators who live and breathe the cooperative way every day in the companies they work for. They have decided to do this run to illustrate the strength of cooperation and to support the youth programs put on by the DesÉquilibres cooperative.
There will be three cooperative running teams participating:
Co-operators Insurance and Financial Services is also one of the sponsors of this race.
“Why am I doing this run? Most importantly, I see it as a great challenge to take on with a group of like-minded people who share the same interests: physical activity, personal and group challenges, commitment and banding together. It’s also a great opportunity to share my vision of cooperation, while listening to others and learning from them about this business model we all subscribe to.”
Worker-member of the solidarity cooperative La Forêt d’Arden
Together, we can go farther!
Twenty teams of 5 runners, over 5,000 km in 24 hours.
Over 100 runners will be participating in this cooperative race in support of youth, the longest race of its kind in Quebec. It will be started by Chantal Rouleau, the Mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies, Pointe-aux-Trembles.
Come out and cheer on the runners!
At the starting line: Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 9 a.m. at the Pointe-aux-Prairies Park in Montréal
(Chalet d’accueil Heritage, Bois-de-l’Héritage section, 14905 rue Sherbrooke East)
En route: along Highway 138, via the Chemin du Roy
Passing through Trois-Rivières around 9 p.m.
At the finish line: Sunday, October 7, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., Grey Terrace, on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City
You can also get involved by making a donation to the Fondation DesÉquilibres.
The money raised will go toward helping the DesÉquilibres cooperative maintain its youth programs.
Isabel Faubert Mailloux
Strategic Development Advisor
Réseau de la coopération du travail du Québec
Tel.: 514-526-6267, ext. 29
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