Ristigouche, September 5, 2014 – Two young women will attempt to swim a distance of 20 km in the cold water of the Gatineau River in Outaouais in order to raise funds for Solidarity Ristigouche. This Sunday, Mathilde Grenier and Myriam Legault-Beauregard, will plunge into the water at 11:00 at the public wharf in Wakefield and will end their challenge at the Mary-Anne-Phillips Park in Cantley.
“While many are pouring water on the heads, we have chosen to plunge head first into it in order to support the Municipality of Ristigouche who alone must defend itself against a $1,5M lawsuit brought by the gas exploration company Gastem, because they wanted to protect their citizens’ drinking water. As the government does not seem in a hurry to help them financially or legally, we must all show solidarity and help Ristigouche defend itself. Encourage us to swim and support the citizens of Ristigouche by making a donation on the internet site of Solidarity Ristigouche”, explained Mathilde Grenier, one of the two swimmers.
“The entire Municipality of Ristigouche is honored by this gesture of solidarity. We want to sincerely thank these two young daring women who are joining forces to plunge into the water in order to assist us. It keels me over to witness the immense effort these two women will undertake to support us and their strong belief that water has to be protected. It is a strong message which tells us we must keep on”, stated François Boulay, mayor of Ristigouche Sud-Est.
“We invite the people of Outaouais to come and encourage us at the start line and welcome us at the finish line, and above all, to make a donation on the Solidarity Ristigouche website and indicate “aquatic challenge”. You can also encourage us on our Facebook page”, added Mathilde Grenier.