A sports day for animal welfare

A sports day for animal welfare
A sports day for animal welfare

Solidarity. Students from the 4th company of the Chaumont gendarmerie school are organizing an event on Saturday, May 25 at the La Vendue field to raise funds for the Le Relay des Animals shelter. On the program: canicross, trail running and discovery of the military world.

Our animal friends can also count on the police. As part of its “social challenge”, the 4th company of the Chaumont gendarmerie school is planning a major event on Saturday, May 25, called “Les paws bleues”, in honor of the Le Relay des Animals shelter. “Each class of gendarmes must take on a social challenge and commit to an association in order to raise funds,” explains Julien Kersulec, gendarme student and project manager.

For him and his 96 comrades, the animal cause is essential. “Often, promotions choose associations for children or injured police officers. This year, we wanted to change and the shelter is not far from the school, in Buxières-lès-Villiers,” reports Julien Kersulec.

To raise as much money as possible, the gendarme students chose to organize a day of solidarity on the La Vendue field. The military is planning a canicross as well as a trail, with courses of 6 and 10 km. Canicross is open to everyone, provided they register on the website of the French Federation of Canine Sports and Leisure (https://courses.ffslc.fr/event-fiche/643) before May 20 and pay a contribution of €15. The 10 km trail is reserved for security and defense force personnel.

A day discovering the gendarmerie

All funds collected will then be donated to the Animal Relay. “The 2nd company managed to raise €8,000. Our goal is to get closer to this amount,” hopes Julien Kersulec.

This event will allow the school to kill two birds with one stone by organizing, on site, a discovery day of the military world. “In addition to being a social day, it will also be a day for the gendarmerie,” declares the manager of the “Pattes bleues” project. Various stands, activities and demonstrations linked to the military world will be able to entertain visitors.

Chloé Frelat

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The program of the day

The La Vendue field will be open, free of charge, at 8:30 a.m. to the public. At 9 a.m., the canicross will set off for a 6 km course. At 10:30 a.m., an awards ceremony will be organized after this first event. Then, at 2 p.m., the 10 km trail will start and the prize giving will take place at 4 p.m. The “Blue Paws” event should end around 4:30 p.m.

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