The 22nd edition of Vélo à notre santé took place on September 12th. More than 450 cyclists rode the P’tit Train du Nord linear park under a radiant sun for the benefit of the Saint-Jérôme Regional Hospital Foundation.
“We are extremely happy with this return to a face-to-face event for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The response from people has been fabulous. People are just as happy as we are to participate and, I must admit, they have been more than generous in soliciting donations. ” said Chantale Fortin, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Some statistics on the event:
- $ 120,500 raised
- More than 450 cyclists
- 31 teams were formed by families and companies
- 100 volunteers between Saint-Jérôme station and Labelle station
- 15 patrollers on the bike path
The trophy winners this year
- Largest Desjardins team (27 participants)
- Team with the best Jean-Coutu donation average (average $ 2,780 / 5 cyclists)
- Team with the most Jean-Coutu donations ($ 13,990)
- Individual who raised the most Patrick Deschênes donations ($ 10,950)
The Foundation would like to recognize the “La Relève” team made up of the entire Larose family. Their 7 year old daughter Alice, cycled 50 km for the second year in a row, while their two sons, Xavier and Isaac (9 and 11) cycled 70 km and 200 km respectively. In addition, the family raised $ 2,000 to support their hospital. Note that we met Isaac after his 200 km journey and he was already ready to register for 2022!
Let’s also honor Jean-Coutu. Proud sponsor for nearly 20 years, their involvement in 2021 has been felt. In addition to their major sponsorship, the 3 Saint-Jérôme branches raised awareness among their customers through a campaign at the register and their network. Their cumulative efforts will have raised $ 13,990 in donations.
How will the donations be used?
All funds will be dedicated to the purchase of a CZT technology camera for the nuclear medicine department at the Saint-Jérôme Regional Hospital. The completion of this $ 550,000 project will allow the Saint-Jérôme Regional Hospital to be one of the first establishments in Quebec to have this new technology! The CZT camera differs from the regular camera in its ability to perform more precise, faster and less intrusive examinations for the patient. These tests are used, among other things, to detect cancer, heart abnormalities and other problems related to organ tissue. Currently, the hospital’s nuclear medicine department has several regular cameras that produce approximately 44,500 exams per year. The addition of this new camera would result in a 25-30% increase in examinations performed per day, which will greatly decrease the wait time.
Thanks to all the participants, donors, volunteers and all the cities and municipalities bordering the linear park of Labelle in Saint-Jérôme. A huge thank you also goes to our generous sponsors and essential partners: IGA your Laurentides merchants, Jean-Coutu, Desjardins, McDonald’s Giguère family, the Parc Linéaire P’tit Train du Nord, CIME FM, Infos Laurentides as well as the city. of Saint-Jérôme without forgetting Transcobec, proud partner of the transport of cyclists.
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