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Montreal Families

Cycling fundraiser benefits kids with special needs

On June 5, cyclists of every skill level can strap on their helmets and make their way along the St. Lawrence River for the fifth annual Let’s Roll for Kids family bike-a-thon.

Last year, the Donald Berman Yaldei Developmental Center raised more than $200,000 with proceeds going towards its special needs’ programs. This year’s goal is $300,000. The centre offers various therapy and after-school programs as well as summer camp for children with intellectual disabilities like autism, Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

The 50-kilometre race begins and ends in Verdun. This year, there will also be a 5-kilometre walk for families with young children who would like to participate but in a less physically demanding way. There will also be face painting, inflatables and other activities along with snow cones and a cotton candy machine.

“We started this bike-a-thon to allow people to have a nice day out together as a family but also to raise awareness,” said Yaël Ricquebourg, head of financial resources development at Yaldei. “There is still a taboo and stigma around special needs and we want to break that mentality.”

The ride takes place on Sunday, June 5 at the Big Top in Verdun, 7000 Blvd. LaSalle at 8:45 a.m. and should end around noon. Family activities take place from noon until 3 p.m.

For more information, call 1-844-685-7655 or visit letsrollforkids.com.

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