Ski with us!
To see so many people, year after year, rally together to support the cause of people living with a head injury, deeply moves me. Les beaux 4h is a significant source of funding for the Fondation Martin-Matte. The funds raised are used to finance adapted housing resources, which is at the heart of our mission. It is through the collective and ongoing efforts of each and everyone of you, partcipants and trusted partners, that this event has become such a big success. You are making a real difference in the lives of these people. I therefore encourage you to come out and ski on February 1 at Sommet Saint-Sauveur to continue this wonderful adventure with us. It’s going to be fun!
Fabien Cloutier, author, storyteller, director and actor
Before I played Martin’s brother in Les beaux malaises, fate made sure I learned about head injuries. It was a brutal introduction, as one of my loved ones suffered from one. I saw an entire family’s life take a turn, with many unknowns ahead.
Martin, a well-known comedian, is now first and foremost a friend. I know that his intentions are noble, so it was only natural for me to team up with him for this great cause. On the night of the Beaux 4 heures, it will be almost 20 years since I last skied. But fear not: I will be wearing a helmet.
Jean-Thomas Jobin, comedian
I bump into Martin – a great guy – a few times a year because of work, so I am pleased to be one of the ambassadors for the third edition of this ski marathon to benefit the Fondation Martin-Matte. I am delighted to take part in this a great adventure and I hope that people will be generous. I look forward to skiing with you, or, in my case, hurtling down the hill out of control to do a faceplant in the snow.
Nathalie Cavezzali, actress
I love to ski. My son realized this from a young age: I had him on his first skis at 19 months. I usually spend my weekends on the slopes of the Laurentians, and the Fondation Martin-Matte is important to me, so it was only natural that I be an ambassador for the ski marathon to raise money to help people living with a head injury. Join us on the slopes of Sommet Saint-Sauveur!
Yves La Roche, former freestyle skier and two-time World Cup winner
I am particularly touched by the Fondation Martin-Matte’s mission, because I suffered a serious head injury in a paragliding accident. The accident meant a bleak future for me. After over two months in a coma, I was partially paralyzed and had to learn how to walk, talk and write again. I wanted to regain my independence no matter what. I decided to tackle my rehabilitation using the same principles that made me a champion. I went through a great deal and found inner strength I didn’t know I had. By partnering with the Fondation Martin-Matte, I want to offer hope to people living with a head injury or physical disability.
Yves La Roche is a former freestyle skier, two-time winner of the Freestyle Skiing World Cup. After retiring, he became a coach for the Canadian freestyle skiing team. In 1989, a serious paragliding accident sent his life in a new direction. He has been a professional speaker for the past 20 years.
Patrice Robitaille, actor
When the Fondation Martin-Matte asked me to be an ambassador for Les beaux 4h, I accepted right away. I met Christian, Martin’s brother, and his family on the set of Les beaux malaises, and I could see the impact of his accident on his life and the lives of his loved ones. It touched me, and I wanted to help Martin with the foundation. On February 1, I’m going to ski for Christian and to help all those living with a head injury. Join me! Put together a team or make a donation.
Ghislain Taschereau, comedian and critic
Photo: Mireille Gravel
In a world run by white collar criminals where profit is all that counts, people like Martin Matte and his foundation have to do the work of government: a government to which workers pay astronomical sums in taxes. Shame* on the government and long live the Fondation Martin-Matte!
* - No easy task, because you need morals to feel shame.
Alexandre Bilodeau, former Olympic freestyle ski champion
Freestyle skier and two-time Olympic champion, Alexandre Bilodeau, represented Canada at three Olympic games. In 2010, he became Olympic champion at his 2nd games. Four years later, Alexandre defended his title, winning Olympic gold just before retiring and concentrating on finishing his studies in accounting. He has been working at KPMG since.
Alexandre's greatest inspiration has always been his brother Frederic who has cerebral palsy and has been deeply committed to the cause of physical and mental disabilities.
Marianne Fortier, actress
Following my role in the TV series Pour Sarah, I was approached by the Fondation Martin-Matte to be one of their ambassadors. I gladly accepted the offer since I am deeply touched by their cause. A number of young people are victims of accidents causing either concussions or head injuries which significantly affects their lives! On February 1, I will ski to help more people, children or adults, have a better quality of life. I therefore invite you to join me on February 1, 2020 at Sommet Saint-Sauveur to experience an exceptional evening.
Geneviève Schmidt, actress
I am honored that the Fondation Martin-Matte approached me to be an ambassador for the Beaux 4 heures.
The first time I heard the words : ''head injury'', it was after my brother and his buddies' car accident on June 9, 1993.
On their way to celebrate the Canadiens' victory and their Stanley Cup, an accident abruptly put an end to their celebration. Our friend Patrick suffered a severe brain injury.
After rehabilitation, many hardships and great perseverance, Patrick now enjoys the pleasures of skiing every winter! I understand the importance of this foundation.
It is essential! On February 1, COME, DONATE, SUPPORT and PARTICIPATE !