Raising nearly $ 200,000 so that a thousand young musicians can live their passion is good, but collecting this amount by traveling the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City is even better. Next August, 250 kayakers will sail on the river for four days during the Second Desgagnés Kayak Challenge for Young Musicians of the World.
“This is certainly the longest kayak ride in the world,” said Mathieu Fortier, the organizer of the Challenge and co-founder of Young Musicians of the World, in Trois-Rivières. The latter indicates that each participant must raise $ 2,000 to collect the $ 200,000 discounted. This amount represents 20% of the annual budget of the Young Musicians of the World organization.
Singer Yann Perreau is the spokesperson for Défi kayak. It was also the 130 participants of the first edition. For him, this descent of the river between Montreal and Quebec makes it possible to make aware of all the richness of this ecosystem. “It makes us see the river as we have never seen it. We’ve talked about wastewater in the river a lot lately, and the challenge is to make people aware of this river, “he said.
No need to be a top athlete to participate in the best tandem kayak for the money Challenge.This can be done in relay (32.5 km per day) or in complete course (65 km per day). The currents of the river will also help the participants to traverse these distances. This challenge is divided into four stages, with stopovers in Sorel-Tracy, Saint-Quentin Island in Trois-Rivières and Portneuf.
The president and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières, Gaétan Boivin, although he is a fit man and has often criss-crossed the St. Lawrence River on ships, he is not a regular kayak. He has, however, agreed to participate in this second Young Musicians of the World Kayak Challenge.
“I normally sail on large ships,” he confesses with a smile on his face. “It will allow me to discover the river, its banks and its nature from another angle. This is very interesting at a time when the government is developing its maritime strategy. ”
The organizers of the second Kayak Challenge are in the recruitment phase for this event, which will take place from 18 to 21 August. It is possible to register on the Challenge website at www.defikayak.org. Participants will be provided with a training program to adequately prepare for this 250 km trek. Those participating in the Challenge who do not have a kayak will be able to rent from partner companies at attractive rates. The boats will even be delivered to the departure site and recovered at the end of the journey.
Young musicians from the world also provide logistics, transport, meals as well as security during the event. In addition, three concerts will be offered to participants during stopovers. Although some artists remain to be confirmed, the organizers already note that the singer Alex Nevsky will be among the number.