The Lower Mainland Purpose Society Board of Directors member, Justin De Genova, is undertaking a personal physical challenge to raise funds for the Purpose Society; he will climb the Grouse Grind© 75 times between May 3/19 and September 30/19 (scroll down for more..).
The Society has a committed Board of Directors who each contribute in their own way to further the important work of the agency. Justin De Genova, who has been a member of the Board since 2013, is taking on a strenuous physical challenge, climbing the Grouse Grind© 75 times between May 3/19 and September 30/19. He is seeking financial donations in recognition of achieving this arduous feat! ***Update: Justin has raised $675 so far!***
You can support Justin by visiting online the following online donation processing page:
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Justin shares his motivation in the following comment:
“I love to climb. The Grouse Grind is an exceptional challenge both psychologically and physically, so I’ve decided to climb the grind 75 times this season to raise money for the Purpose Society. Like many challenges in life, it takes focus, determination, and hard work to persevere. This is my way of leading by example and proving that you can overcome most challenges and obstacles in life by showing up and taking it one step at a time.
After 34 climbs, I’ll have reached the equivalent to exiting the earth’s atmosphere. After my goal is complete, I’ll feel like I’m truly out of this world! If I can do this, you can do it too. Let’s work together and raise $5,000 for the Purpose Society’s child, youth and family services that contribute so very much to the residents of Metro Vancouver. I can’t do it without you! $1 per climb ($75) would be a fantastic contribution, but anything helps in achieving out of this world results. Thank you all for your kindness and willingness to help us out in 2019.”
The Grouse Grind® is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” The trail achieves an 853 metres (2,800 feet) elevation gain and contains 2,830 stairs. On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike.
As of June 10, 2019, Justin has completed 31 climbs.
The funds raised will be used to support the various programs provided by the Purpose Society. One particular target this year is the agency’s early childhood development (ECD) drop-in programs.
Hikers were first recorded on Grouse Mountain in 1894 when a hunting party shot a blue grouse bird and named the mountain in the bird’s honour. It wasn’t until the 1920’s and early 30’s, however, that Grouse Mountain saw the first big wave of adventurous hikers. Several thousand people flocked to the face of the mountain each year looking to reach the cabins located in the Grouse Mountain village at the foot of what is now known as The Cut ski run.
Click HERE to support Justin’s fundraiser for the Lower Mainland Purpose Soceity!