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REPORTING · 3rd June 2013
Walter McFarlane
Nechako Elementary School held a Get Out and Go Challenge on Sunday, May 26th. Some students took the route via bike while others walked. Many brought their parents and siblings along with them.

“We are raising money for the get up and go challenge for children who have hereditary diseases and it’s called the get up and go challenged and we are raising money across Canada for people who have these diseases. Rio Tinto Sponsors our school, they are sponsoring us and their goal is to raise $10,000 to go towards hereditary diseases and any number above and beyond that goes towards the school for physical activity. That money goes towards any activity we have here but it has to be physical activity of some kind.

A part of the competition is to collect cubes. For every 15 minutes of exercise, each child gets a cube. At the end of the contest, the cubes are counted and the school could win a prize by accumulating enough cubes. The School had raised 30,000 cubes and possibly an additional 5000 for the weekend alone.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan was present to say a few words. “As you all know, this event began with one man, Pierre Lavoie in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean in 1999 to raise awareness and funds for research about Lactic Acidosis the illness that took two of his children from him. He cycled alone for 650 km in 24 hours, an event that he repeated again in 2000, 2002 and 2005,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan introduced the Rio Tinto Alcan Smelter in Kitimat team which will be cycling as a part as the five person team representing Northwest BC, Michele Lamarre, Kevin Dobbin and Bruno Lapoint.

“I want to congratulate the cyclists and all of the students from Nechako School for participating in this important event this year and would like wish all of the participants the best of luck in your walk, bike or run,” concluded Monaghan.

On June 14, the team of five will participate in the Grand Defi Bike Ride, of 1000 Km in 60 hours, starting in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and end in Montreal. The bike ride is a major fundraising event for the Go Foundation, which supports research for hereditary diseases and initiatives to promote healthy living and habits for Children.

Matthias and Guillaum ride their bikes back to the school after completing the course
Matthias and Guillaum ride their bikes back to the school after completing the course
Following the event, students had a rare chance to throw water balloons at their Principal, David Mills
Following the event, students had a rare chance to throw water balloons at their Principal, David Mills