Canadian Paralympian Jimmy Pelletier left Vancouver today to cross Canada by hand bike

Canadian Paralympian Jimmy Pelletier left Vancouver today to cross Canada by hand bike

Canadian Paralympian Jimmy Pelletier left Vancouver today to cross Canada by hand bike 440 247 fernandezrp

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Jimmy Pelletier – The Journey
CANADIAN PARALYMPIAN JIMMY PELLETIER LEFT VANCOUVER TODAY TO CROSS CANADA BY HAND BIKE

Vancouver, May 7, 2019 — Canadian Paralympic athlete Jimmy Pelletier left the University of British Columbia this morning to achieve an exceptional sporting feat! He is rolling 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.

“I am very happy to be on the starting line this morning. We have been preparing for months for this 67-day adventure and we are excited to finally give the first pedal stroke towards Halifax!”, said Jimmy Pelletier this morning surrounded by his team of six courageous cyclists who plan to reach their destination by July 10.

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.

Always ready to help others in need, Jimmy Pelletier invites Canadians to keep him rolling across the country by buying one or many kilometers 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.

A GOOD START

The departure was an opportunity for Jimmy to meet one of his biggest inspirations: Rick Hansen, the Canadian Paralympian and advocate for people with disabilities. Yesterday, during this meeting at Rick Hansen’s foundation office, Jimmy was encouraged to persevere on the eve of his great departure. Hansen highlighted Jimmy’s accomplishments by thanking him for his commitment to the causes that matter to them both.

“This inspiring meeting will be engraved in my memory forever. I’m leaving Vancouver touched and very motivated for the coming weeks,” said Pelletier.

During his two-day stopover in the beautiful BC metropolis, Jimmy also visited Ladner Elementary School to speak about perseverance through life challenges. Captivated and moved by Jimmy’s life story, students attending his interactive conference were encouraged to never give up their dreams.

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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