Fourteen big-hearted trekkers have recently completed an extraordinary adventure. Over ten days, they trekked more than 150 km through the Cretan mountains (Greece), braving the scorching sun and significant elevation changes on rocky and unstable terrain, to raise $93,595 for La Maison Aube-Lumière, an organization that provides palliative care.
This marks the fourth edition of La Maison Aube-Lumière’s biennial trek. For the first time, three men joined the traditionally all-women challenge, and it proved to be a rewarding experience for everyone. Christian Gagnon, the general manager of La Maison Aube-Lumière, was among the participants: “Beyond the incredible physical efforts that we had to exert, beyond the two weeks of travel that each of us paid for out of pocket, beyond the incredible team spirit that developed during the trip, we were constantly mindful of our patients — for whom we walked, sweated, and suffered. This challenge was truly a journey to the depths of ourselves.”
The 14 trek participants, six of whom are staff members at La Maison Aube-Lumière, experienced the adventure of a lifetime. “I was fortunate to participate in the first three treks for La Maison, and I must say that this fourth trek was the most significant, the hardest, the longest, and the most beautiful,” said Johanne Desrosiers, a volunteer at La Maison Aube-Lumière. “A huge thank you to our guides from the Karavaniers firm who provided exemplary and deeply human support. They were a great source of inspiration when our motivation waned and helped us reconnect with the purpose of our endless efforts in this never-ending forest of rock, thankfully surrounded by the sea which refreshed us sometimes at the end of the day.”