That night, open your eyes wide, you may have the opportunity to see light spots moving in the pink city. Indeed, after Lyonnais two weeks ago, then Paris last weekend, it’s the turn of Toulouse to welcome the Race of Lights for the 3rd consecutive year this Saturday November 27, 2021. “The idea is to light up the night against cancer”, explains to The Independent Opinion Benoît Joaquim, member of Alvarum, responsible for the organization of the race.
The 2,500 participants are each waiting in Toulouse for a glow stick which measures between 30 and 50 cm. On a route that will pass through the Pont-Neuf, the banks of the Garonne, the Jacobins convent or the meadow of filters, they will stroll through several streets in Toulouse. But behind this “friendly and united gathering”, the objective is more than symbolic.
>> ALSO READ: Pink October: A solidarity race against female cancer planned in Toulouse
10 euros per participant donated to a charity
Founded in 2010, the Course des Lumières has one main objective: to collect donations for the benefit of charitable organizations. They must then make it possible to project financier research, prevention or support for patients. Since its launch, it has made it possible to donate a total of more than 1 million euros to charitable partners.
This year, the race takes place “for the benefit of the research against cancer and all the patients who are associated with it “, explains Benoît Joaquim. Two types of donations are thus possible.” There is solidarity registration, where the participant pays for his bib. 10 euros are donated to the institute. Then there are the ambassadors “, specifies the young man. In this case, the price of the bib is lower, but the person agrees to collect at least 100 euros on the partner platform of the Race, Alvarum. “Very often, these are people who are or have been sick. Or who have relatives in remission. It is a way of getting a little more involved in the process of support,” he adds. .
A partnership with the Toulouse Cancer Santé Foundation
In each city, the Course des Lumières takes place for a specific structure. In Toulouse, it is for the benefit of Toulouse Cancer Health Foundation at the Oncopole. Built in the aftermath of the AZF disaster, this is a cancer research hospital complex. The latter now has 2,500 people, including clinicians and researchers. “Every year, we launch research projects financed to the tune of 150 to 200,000 euros over 2 years “, explains to The Independent Opinion François Amalric, President of the Foundation. For the time being, 25,000 euros have already been collected. “But there are still the gifts of the ambassadors collected on Alvarom”, specifies the president. The total amount will therefore not be known in ten days.
>> ALSO READ: Pink October: The Oncopole de Toulouse launches a web series on life after breast cancer
Events, awards ceremony and race launch
Regarding the course of the day, the launch will take place at Port-Viguerie, at the end of the day. A little before, around 4 p.m., animations will be offered. “Until 6 p.m., participants can take photos with the photocall. A DJ will mix music. And there will even be a workshop to personalize their sticks”, detail Benoît Joaquim. At 5.45 p.m., François Amalric spoke to talk about his Foundation. And at 6 p.m., a Awards will take place on the platform.
“The walking and running ambassadors who have collected the most donations on the platform will be rewarded. As will the companies which have registered the most runners in this edition”, further details Benoît Joaquim. Finally, the courses will be launched. A 6:40 p.m., the walkers warm up and leave. Meanwhile, the runners they too warm up and then start to 7:05 p.m.. And the lessons end around 9 p.m. “People who want to come back to the village to have a drink around a hot drink and end the evening in a warm atmosphere”, conclusion of the member of the association.
Next weekend, this time Marseille will host the Race to illuminate the city against the Cancer.