Andrea Stoppa, 27.03.2018
Montreal's historical Old-Port is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Early settlers arrived in tall ships and in keeping with this history Old-Port is home to an unique aerial adventure course that lets clients be like pirates of old. Voiles en Voiles opened in 2015, powered by the Saferoller® rolling continuous belay system from Kanopeo GmbH. With 10 aerial courses and over 100 games, the pirate ship has received more than 220,000 visitors since opening.
In 2016, Voiles en Voiles embarked on another journey focused on raising awareness for children and families suffering from Leukemia. As Jeremy Pratz, Marketing Coordinator at Voiles en Voiles explains, “the Leucan organization approached us with a crazy idea: an amazing race around the Old-Port of Montreal committed to help cancer-stricken children and their families. We quickly agreed and proposed a series of ideas for the Journey.”
In collaboration with Leucan, Voiles en Voiles designs a full-day of fun activities for participating teams. From collecting funds to managing more than 30 volunteers, 10 Voiles en Voiles employees and 5 Leucan staff, the team ensures everyone has a blast. At the end of the day, team scores are tallied and announced at a ceremony to honour the winners and talk about the Leucan organization. Eighteen teams with 67 participants helped raise $55,000 CAD at the 2017 event. The Leucan Journey covers the whole of Old-Port Montreal and the activities are hosted by more than 8 companies based in the Old-Port.
Canadian Football's Montreal Allouette fielded a team, which was widely expected to lead. Surprisingly, they finished dead last! Maybe next year, as the saying goes. Team Bota Bota won the Journey and Coccinelle Combattante (Fighting Ladybug) raised the most money - $6156.75 CAD!
An important component of this event is to include victims of Leukemia and their families. Nicolas Gosselin, Co-owner of Voiles en Voiles, notes that "the continuous lifeline with Kanopeo’s Saferoller's® enables each of our visitors to go beyond their limits and their fears in a safe but challenging environment. It also enables kids with disabilities or serious illnesses, as it is the case with the kids from Leucan, to do a physical activity with their parents and siblings. Being socially involved is part of Voiles en Voiles culture. The Leucan foundation provides relief and support to families with a cancer afflicted child. As a family oriented attraction, it is a natural fit for us to help them in their mission."
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