By Gordon Lambie
Local Journalism Initiative
On Monday morning the Foundation of Stars, which supports paediatric medical research in Quebec, launched the fourth edition of its Tough Mountie Challenge, known in French as the Gendarme de Fer. To mark the occasion, three members of Sherbrooke’s SWAT team repelled down the north side of the Fleurimont Hospital to wave in the windows of the children’s floor before stopping by to visit the young patients face to face.
Set to take place simultaneously in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke on Oct. 2, the large-scale obstacle course is a fundraiser that, this year, aims to raise at least $150,000 for projects benefitting youth mental health.