The first ever edition of 24 H Ciaq pour la FRAQ took place on April 19th and 20th at the Sani Marc Sports Complex in Victoriaville. Nearly 200 hockey players from the farming community skated to raise $3,500 for the Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec (FRAQ).
There were 14 teams, made up of agricultural stakeholders, producers, and clients, who faced off against the CIAQ team, mainly made up of employees and clients. “FRAQ is the future of our farms. It’s important to encourage them and support their organization. The money raised will be distributed between the 13 regional associations in Quebec and will allow the members to participate in various activities, workshops, open houses, etc.,” says Éric Hétu, regional director for Ciaq Centre-du-Québec and ambassador for the event.
Professional Players on the Ice!
The event started on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 pm. That evening, Mélodie Daoust, double Olympic medallist (2014 and 2018) and MVP (Most Valuable Player) in PyeongChang, played on the Ciaq team. Hubert Labrie of the Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League (AHL) also was on the ice for the Ciaq team. In addition, Hugo Savinsky and Shawn Element of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and Evgueni Nurislamov, who played for Russia in the KHL, joined the Ciaq team on the Friday.
The agricultural industry responded well to Ciaq’s invitation, with the following participating: SYRAE, sponsored by the Coaticook Veterinary Clinic; Centre-du-Québec Veterinary Clinic; La Coop Novago; Vivaco Groupe Coopératif; Transport MJMG; Farm Credit Canada; Bois-Francs Holstein Club sponsored by LCR; Select Sires sponsored by Roch Duchesne; Les CAB de l’Estrie, Centre-du-Québec and Beauce-Frontenac; Technique Pépito; SRACQ; and Crackholm Farm.
FRAQ’s goal is to improve the conditions for becoming established in agriculture and to promote the farming profession by training and informing its 2,000 members aged 16 to 39 years old.
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