Mr. Speaker, for the past 12 years, the Charles Lemoyne hospital foundation has hosted a Grand Prix Formula I hospital bed race known as the Ral-lit.
This rally attracts approximately 20 teams, each with 30 to 50 competitors racing in their mattressed racers.
Each runner must cover two kilometres of a total of 20 kilometres. For some the goal is to win, for others to participate. Some even try to beat the Guinness record of one hour, 9 minutes et 9 seconds set by a Longueuil team in 1989.
The 1996 edition was chaired by none other than André Viger, a wheelchair athlete widely admired for his courage.
The purpose of this event is to raise money for research and to buy medical equipment. It gives those who like unusual activities the opportunity to have fun on the south shore.
I wish to thank and congratulate the Charles-Lemoyne hospital foundation for organizing such a novel event.