Freek de Meijer après ses 20 km d’ascension pour atteindre le sommet du Mont Ventoux.

This Maine vet swallows kilometers on his bike to fund guide dogs for visually impaired children

Freek de Meijer after climbing 20 km to reach the summit of Mont Ventoux. (© CDLM)

What a great adventure Freak de majora veterinarian based in Villaines-la-Juhel (Mayin), who left last June in a crazy hurry bicycle for collecting money Favor visually impaired children.

Frédéric de Meijer was the support of the Frédéric-Gaillanne Foundation, the only school in France and Europe that teaches and provides free guide dogs for visually impaired children.

It made “meaningful” and the vet was willing to give it himself for him.

Furthermore, I have a blind person in my family, so I am aware of the drawback this presents. »

Freak de majorVeterinarian in Villaines-la-Juhel

It is through Verpack LaboratoriesFrick de Meijer specialized in animal therapies, and became acquainted with the Frédéric-Gillan Foundation.

The rise of Mont Ventoux

I called several vets to offer them a cycling tour to promote their work and raise money. Twenty of them responded positively, including the contestant from Mayenne.

“When I was a student, I taught a dog with a motor disability. Although dog training for adults is common, it did not exist for children.”

Freak de majorVeterinarian in Villaines-la-Juhel

After six months of intensive training, the start begins on June 13, fromSur-la-Sorge Island (Vaucluse), the headquarters of the institution, to arrive the next day at Karus (Alp Maritime), i.e. no less than 375 km in each elevation with a pass to the famous Mont Ventoux.

“On the first day we traveled 225 km, and on the second day 150 km, tells Frick de Mejer. This southern region is not flat, there are many elevations including Mont Ventoux which dominates Provence from the highest 1,912 meters. There are 20 km of climb To reach the summit and a temperature of about 35 degrees Celsius. »

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More than 3000 Euros have been collected

This trip was prepared to introduce the Foundation and collect the necessary donations for the activity. The cost of training a blind dog is about 25,000 euros.

“We were all wearing foundation colors, so we didn’t go unnoticed. There were word of mouth as well as articles in local newspapers and an interview on regional television. During our trip, we managed to raise 3,590 euros in donations,” says Frick de Mejer.

In addition to the generous action, this event was also positive for the young vet: “Before, I was mountain biking, I had never embarked on such a challenge, there is a long distance with many changes in elevation. It was a great stress but my preparations It immediately made me a good surprise when I realized that I had succeeded. The fact of multiplicity was a catalyst, we motivated each other, and the beauty of the landscape was also a driving force,” says Frick de Meijer.

Arriving at Carros, the runners are greeted by Frederic Gillan, the founder and blind, as well as Berenice, a young woman with poor eyesight, accompanied by faithful opium.

Frederic Gillan Foundation : 150, chemin de la Tour de Sabran – Velorgues – 84800, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Such as. : 04 90 85 11 05. Website:

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