Hailing from Baie-Comeau, Quebec, para-cyclist and former paralympian Jimmy Pelletier has worked to help out two very good causes close to his heart. This year, as part of his multi-year La Randonnée Jimmy Pelletier fundraising project, the athlete will ride 7,200 km on a handbike across Canada, from Vancouver to Halifax, in 67 days.
The Jimmy Pelletier coast-to-coast challenge
Today, May 7, 2019, Jimmy Pelletier and six other cyclists are setting out from Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the next 67 days, the para-cyclist will seek to raise awareness and funds for Adaptavie and Patro Roc-Amadour as well as other organizations located in cities visited along the way. The goal is to raise at least $180,000 by the time the group rolls into Halifax, Nova Scotia on or around July 10.
Throughout the duration of the Jimmy Pelletier coast-to-coast challenge, Canadians will be able to make a donation, in the form of buying one or more kilometres of the itinerary at a cost of $25 per kilometre.
The seven cyclists will be accompanied by several support vehicles all along the route, including a 2019 Nissan Rogue provided by Nissan Canada.
La Randonnée Jimmy Pelletier
Jimmy Pelletier, who lost the use of his legs as a result of a car accident in 1996 when he was just 19 years old, has been tireless about raising awareness and money for the Adaptavie and Patro Roc-Amadour organizations during the multi-year La Randonnée Jimmy Pelletier initiative. Up to now, over $475,000 have been raised for these two great causes.
“It’s been more than five years, and it remains extremely important for me. These organizations work in the fields of autism spectrum and physical and intellectual disabilities, and I know we’re making a big difference.”
- Jimmy Pelletier