Pointe Claire business gives back

Anthony Abbondanza
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Pierre Paul (left), store manager at Cycle Paul, kick-started a fundraising campaign to benefit Benoit Langevin’s (right) AJOI.

Two thousand dollars may seem like little to a worthy cause like the West Island Youth Action group (AJOI), but for co-founder and director Benoit Langevin “every dollar counts.”

Following a six month fundraising initiative, culminated by the annual ‘Race the Clock to Help Others’ cycle-a-thon in December, Cycle Paul donated $2000 to the West Island-based organization last week.

“It was a chance to show my customers that we’re not all fortunate in the West Island,” said Pierre Paul, the store’s manager. “We don’t all drive nice cars. Some people are poor.”

Langevin was on hand at the Pointe Claire store last Friday to accept the donation and noted how poverty west of Montreal continues to be overlooked.

“’What are you talking about? There’s no poverty here’ people always tell me,” said Langevin. “People don’t want to realize that there are spots all over the West Island. They choose to ignore it.”

Cycle Paul raised approximately $1700 from its December 12 cycle-a-thon; the rest from sales of its cyclist jerseys.

Organizations: West Island Youth Action

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, West Island, Montreal

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