A big step for Rebecca
February 21, 2019
On February 21, 2019, Jean Mongeau, with the support of his family and loved ones, will begin climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of his daughter Rebecca, who died almost 3 years ago at the age of 25.
To become an ambassador of the project,
Rebecca’s short life was filled with love, friendship, joy, laughter, fun, dreams, and travels, while also constantly tainted by feelings of dread, anxiety, torment, and helplessness. This psychological distress became more prevalent in adolescence, through her transition into high school, and well into adulthood, which tragically led her to take her own life.
The ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) by Jean will be one of the first highlights of this great adventure, which aims to educate the community about the psychological distress among adolescents and the risks it represents.
This memory project, A big step for Rebecca, is driven in large part by a major fundraising campaign to help support Partners for Life—the mental health awareness program. More specifically, it will help support Fondation Jeunes en Tête’s pilot project, which is designed to promote good mental health among adolescents in grades 7 and 8.
The Foundation’s pilot project, which is still in the development phase, will adapt its discourse to promote young people’s wellbeing and good mental health. It will allow the Foundation to intervene even sooner when faced with mental health issues—50% of which begin before the age of 14.
To make this project a success, Jean, Sylvie, Vanessa, and Sophie-Andrée are counting on the help and generosity of those around them, asking them to become ambassadors of their movement and their fundraising campaign. Their goal? To collect $58,950, which is equivalent to $10 for every metre scaled of Mount Kilimanjaro.