This Mayenne veterinarian devoured miles on his bike to spend on guide dogs for visually impaired children.

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

What a wonderful adventure Freek de Meijera veterinarian based on Villaines-la-Juhel (Mayenne), who left in June in a crazy hurry BICYCLES with raising and funding in favor of children with visual impairments.

This is to support the Frédéric-Gaillanne Foundation, the only school in France and Europe that educates and offers free guide dogs for children with visual impairments, which Freek de Meijer has set up himself.

An action that has “meaning” and which the veterinarian is willing to give himself.

“Also, I have a blind person in my family, so I know the disability it represents. »

Freek de MeijerVeterinarian in Villaines-la-Juhel

It’s through Virbac Laboratoriesspecializing in animal treatments, which Freek de Meijer knows of at the Frédéric-Gaillanne Foundation.

Climb Mont Ventoux

He contacted several veterinarians to offer them a cycling tour to promote their action and raise funds. Twenty of them responded favorably, including our ride from Mayenne.

“When I was a student, I educated a dog for the motor handicap. Even if dog training for adults is common, it is not for children. »

Freek de MeijerVeterinarian in Villaines-la-Juhel

After six months of intense training, the start was given on June 13, fromIsle-sur-la-Sorgue is an island (Vancluse), foundation headquarters, for arrival the next day at Cars (Alpes-Maritimes), ie not less than 375 km all in altitude with access to the famous Mont Ventoux in the United States.

“On the first day, we did 225 km, the second day 150, Freek de Meijer said. This southern region is rather flat, with many elevations including Mont Ventoux which dominates Provence from above its 1,912 meters. There is a 20 km climb to reach the summit and the temperature is about 35 ° C. »

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More than € 3,000 was raised

This trip was set up to announce the foundation and collect the donations needed for the event. The cost of training a dog for the visually impaired is almost € 25,000.

“We were all dressed in foundation colors, so we didn’t notice. There was word of mouth as well as articles in local newspapers and a regional television interview. On our trip, we raised € 3,590 in donations. said Freek de Meijer.

In addition to a generous work, this activity was also positive for the young veterinarian: “Before, I cycled in the mountains, I had never started such a challenge, much less with a lot of elevation changes. It was a huge stress but my preparation made right away, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I had succeeded.The fact of the multitude was a stimulus, we encouraged each other, the beauty of the scene- seems to be also a driving force, ”Freek de Meijer said.

Arriving at Carros, the runners were greeted by Frédéric Gaillanne, founder and blind, as well as Bérénice, a young visually impaired woman, accompanied by her faithful Opium.

Frédéric-Gailanne Foundation : 150, chemin de la Tower de Sabran-Velorgues-84800, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Such. : 04 90 85 11 05. Website:

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