By Éric Bérubé
It all started with a phone call from a security colleague at Mouvement Desjardins. Taunting me, telling me that I didn’t have the guts and knowing very well that I could not refuse, he invited me to take part in the Kilimanjaro challenge. So on June 11, 2016, I headed to Montmorency falls to take part in an event that would push my endurance to the max.
The challenge aimed both to achieve a personal objective and raise money for neurological research at Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec. The activity consisted of going up 60 flights of stairs per team—about 10 flights individually—for a total of 4,870 stairs per person.
There were six members on our team, including three from Desjardins: Team captain Kevin Miller, and Jérôme Carrier and Gabriel Dupuis. And then there was Mr. Vincent Drapeau, Mr. Euréka D’Astous and myself, from the Québec City division. Our team completed the challenge in under two hours. I completed my part of the challenge in one hour and 15 minutes.
A few months prior, I had asked my family, friends and colleagues for donations. I was able to raise $660, earning me the 23rd spot on the donors’ board. As a team, we largely exceeded our $1,500 goal.
In terms of preparatory training, we got exclusive access to one of the Mouvement Desjardins towers in Lévis, allowing us to take the stairs very often last winter!
I was motivated by the prospect of supporting a noble and very special cause. My competitive nature pushed me to surpass myself and rank among the top. I invite all of you to invest in a cause that is important to you and to push your own limits—you too will get to say “mission accomplished!”