Hats off, chapeau to Pierre Lavoie, his team and his partnerships with not-for-profits, school boards and the private sector. At our house, Le Grand Défi is a succès fou. Just check our kids all pleased as punch in this twitter pic sent to M. Lavoie. It was snapped just before the school bus pulled up on the day they brought in their final numbers for Le Grand Défi – Cubes d’énergies.
C’est un homme qui fait bouger le monde.
He’s a man who makes people move.
Each May, grade school kids throughout Quebec and in francophone schools across the country take the energy cube challenge. Kids are asked to track their physical activity in 15 minute intervals over a 4 week period. Each 15 minutes equals 1 energy cube. Our kids are the outdoors types constantly on the run. They love this friendly competition. There is a little whining on occasion and disagreement over a sibling’s interpretation of the numbers. But all told it’s a celebration of play in motion.
Each kid gets a little book to track their progress over the course of the 4 weeks. At the end of each week, a parent signs attesting to the accuracy of the count and the books go into school for the weekly tallies.
Lavoie started out on his incredible journey in 1999.
“In 1999, Pierre Lavoie launched the first Défi Pierre Lavoie in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in order to raise awareness in his region about lactic acidosis, the illness which took two of his children from him, and raise funds for research. He cycled alone over 650 km in 24 hours on an itinerary around the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.” (Source)
Since then, Lavoie has served as an inspiration to adults and children alike.
The kids are racking up the cubes. For the first at bats in 2009, 16,970,889 cubes. In 2015, 103,081,934. The cubes are on the move.
For more on Pierre Lavoie visit Le Grand Défi or The Grand Défi. The video below gives a sense of the power of Lavoie’s message, of his actions. A tribe of movers and shakers is in motion around him riding the physical activity wave.
Our kids are raring to go every May – ready to jump, run, rattle and roll. Are there similar physical activity programs in your area? Keep them movin’