Last Friday, June 9th, Sutton’s Goyette-Hill Park was full of active children! More than 500 students from Dunham, Frelighsburg and Sutton schools and more than 50 volunteers were hard at work as part of the 2023 Olympiades pour la santé!
Thanks to the commitment of the physical education teachers in the participating schools, the BMP Foundation is delighted to have been able to put on this new event designed to get our youngsters moving. Long jump, skipping rope, running – there was plenty to challenge the participants. Each student surpassed themselves and gave their best during a total of 120,000 minutes of sport! Congratulations to every one of them!
Our events coordinator, Olivia, worked with teachers and principals to deliver an innovative, kid-friendly event. It was inspiring to see these different schools working together to build something unique. Always coming up with new ideas and taking on challenges, the teachers were actively involving the kids on the field. The BMP Foundation would like to thank them for their boundless motivation!
While the event was free for students, all Brome-Missisquoi citizens were invited to support them by making a donation. Thanks to all the Olympiades pour la santé donors, sponsors and collaborators, we raised $16,000 in benefits! Thank you, everyone!
As agreed, 20% of the proceeds will be shared with participating schools. The Sutton school will use its share of the proceeds to enhance its breakfast program, while the Dunham and Frelighsburg schools will acquire new proprioception and sports equipment. The BMP Foundation will purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the BMP Hospital.
The Olympiades pour la santé can count on quality partners and sponsors who have not hesitated to support this event which shares common values such as the health of our youth and physical activity. First, thank you to the Sybilla Hesse Foundation and the Government of Canada’s ParticipAction program for their generous support.
Thank you to the Town of Sutton, the Fondation du maire de Dunham, the Town of Frelighsburg, Samuel Desjardins of Brunet Pharmacy (Sutton), Annie Langlois of Kubota (Sutton) and La Maison de la Pomme (Frelighsburg), Les Producteurs de lait de Montérégie-Est, Le Tigre Géant (Cowansville), Artcomposé, Lois Hardacker, John Boudreau (Coldbook), Soudure Brault, Pascale St-Onge and BMR Matériaux de Construction Sutton Inc.
Thanks also to Laura Hernandez from Yoga et Mouvement who will be organizing yoga workshops for the children and to Heather Croghan for organizing competitive floor gymnastics workshops.
Finally, a special thanks to Cambi for the presence of the ambulance and recruits during the event.