Marie-Anne Laperrière, physiotherapist, trainer and owner of Équilibre Urbain, had undertaken to climb 3,500 to 4,000 steps per day during the entire period of confinement imposed by the government of Quebec, or approximately 72,000 steps. She managed to meet the challenge and even surpass it between December 25 and January 11.
In the end, she climbed a total of 75,000 steps, or 3,000 more than the maximum goal initially planned.
“For more than a year that I have been training on stairs, three to five times a week. I never talk about it and I don’t challenge it either. I told myself that despite the pandemic, my company, Équilibre Urbain, succeeded, thanks to more than 150 wonderful people, in overcoming this storm and I feel really blessed, ”she explained before starting her challenge, which allowed her to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest… plus a third!
The challenge was also to raise funds for the benefit of the Le Havre Center which helps people living in homelessness and social disruption.
Thanks to donations from the public, she raised $ 13,549 for the organization, well beyond her initial goal of $ 5,000.
To donate to the cause, you can make a check payable to the Fondation du Center Le Havre at 1486 rue Brébeuf, in Trois-Rivières. It is also possible to make a donation by credit card via the https://www.canadahelps.org/fr/dn/7129 or a PayPal donation at https://paypal.me/fondationcentrehavre.
(Written in collaboration with Jonathan Cossette)