Staff from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have raised more than CAD 12,000 in support of the Montreal Children’s Hospital for this year’s citywide ‘Pedal For Kids’ fundraiser.
Inclement weather that included an unseasonable downpour in central Montreal failed to dampen the spirits or slow the progress of a team of 15 WADA employees who took part in the sponsored cycle with a difference. Starting at the iconic Phillips Square at midday on Thursday, the team rode one-half of a 30-person “bike”, with another team riding the other half.
Cheered on by friends, colleagues and fellow Montrealers, the WADA riders, known collectively as the ‘Play True For Kids’ team, rode their bike through the city streets along a 40-minute course. Team captain Anne Danion, Laboratory Manager at WADA, was delighted overall and confirmed they had already raised $12,027, putting them 12th in the overall rankings.
“This is the first year WADA has been involved in the event. We wanted to do something within the community that would benefit Montreal but also, in keeping with our mission, be a healthy, team-building activity in its own right so this was a perfect fit for us,” said Danion, who pointed out that donations were still welcome via the ‘Play True For Kids’ page of the ‘Pedal For Kids’ website.
“While it was raining pretty heavily, we had a lot of fun and, of course, it is important to remember all our efforts were going towards the children’s hospital so ultimately it is definitely worth it.”
WADA Director General Olivier Niggli added: “This cycle is one of a number of fundraising activities that WADA staff were involved in this year to contribute towards ‘Pedal For Kids’. As an international organization that has been headquartered in Montreal since 2001, it is important for us to invest in the local community and this is one of the things we are doing in that regard. I am very proud of my colleagues for being quick to offer their time and energy towards this cause, which is ultimately improving facilities and care for sick children in Montreal.”
A Montreal institution in its own right, ‘Pedal For Kids’ is now in its 27th year. Originally created by Sylvie Lalumière and Michael Conway as a way to fundraise in memory of their daughter, Meagan, who had been treated at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the charity has raised millions for this worthy cause and inspired thousands of people to have a lot of fun along the way.
The overall 2018 target is CAD 500,000 and with a deadline set of 31 August to achieve that goal, organizers are already nearly two-thirds of the way there, having raised more than CAD 315,000 through various cycle-related events around the city.