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Canadian dairy farmer climbs for kids

Published on 31 May 2017
Canadian dairy farmers climb for kids

Early in the morning on Feb. 24, Pierre Lampron awoke to complete a journey that had taken him thousands of kilometres from his dairy farm in Canada.

That morning, he completed a five-day climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

As a member of Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) board of directors, Pierre was representing all Canadian dairy farmers to raise funds for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF) for more than 20,000 underprivileged children and youth.

Pierre, along with a team of 25 other Canadian climbers participating in the Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, raised $595,000.

“As dairy farmers, we are always looking to give back to our communities, and this was a great opportunity to do so,” Pierre said. “By completing this challenge, we are giving children and youth the opportunity to have a brighter future, and for that I could not be more proud.”

Pierre’s days up the mountain consisted of long hikes, some more strenuous than others, lasting over six hours some days, to finally make it to the 5,895-metre summit.

Once at the top, he proudly waved the DFC flag to honour his fellow dairy farmers, friends and family who supported him on his journey.

DFC is proud to have partnered with THCF to support Canadian children and youth who benefit from their programs every year.

The THCF camps provide children and youth from low-income families with an opportunity to build leadership skills, improve their confidence and feel empowered to achieve their goals.

Through this partnership, Pierre joined a group of passionate people who took on a great personal challenge and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the THCF. Pierre raised $13,950.  end mark

PHOTO: After a five-day climb to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, dairy farmer Pierre Lampron waved a Dairy Farmers of Canada flag to honour his fellow dairy farmers, friends and family who supported him on his journey to raise money for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Photo courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Dairy Farmers of Canada
Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization which defends the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and strives to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry.

Working in accordance with supply management principles, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy and lobbying initiatives.

Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national activities. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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