Merrell believes in encouraging and equipping everyone to get outside. The organizations we support share our mission to increase participation in the outdoors, especially among children, and ensure that we have a natural playground in which to recreate for generations to come. Here's a short list of like minded organizations we support.
STEP INTO NATURE — HEALTHY HIKES
Merrell Canada is a proud supporter of Healthy Hikes, an annual challenge aimed at boosting the health and wellbeing of Canadians by encouraging them to get back to nature and enjoy the various, clinically proven benefits of hiking and spending time in the great outdoors.
Conservation Ontario and Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities challenge you to spend time hiking in the province’s 270-plus conservation areas and track your progress for a chance to win great prizes. Healthy Hikes will teach you about how the environment can help boost your health, and how you can energize your body and mind by Stepping into Nature.
Give your health a boost! Sign up for the Healthy Hikes challenge today at http://www.healthyhikes.ca
FONDATION CHRISTIAN VACHON (LE RELAIS DU LAC MEMPHRÉMAGOG)
The goal of the Fondation Christian Vachon is to decrease school drop-out rates by helping primary school children from low income families in the Eastern Townships be more successful at school.
In September 2006, Christian Vachon, a Magog fireman and paramedic at Ambulance de l’Estrie, was the first marathon runner ever to run the shores of Lake Memphremagog in one day, a total of 104 kilometres. For this event, Mr. Vachon’s fellow paramedics organized a highly successful fundraising campaign for children at risk of dropping out. Since then, the Relais du Lac Memphrémagog is an annual event organized by the Fondation Christian Vachon. Thanks to this ultra marathon, a growing number of children receive immediate and direct aid to help them work towards a more promising future.
ÉCOLE AUGUSTIN-NORBERT-MORIN SKI-STUDY PROGRAM
The ski-study program at École secondaire Augustin-Norbert-Morin was designed within an educational framework to help every student develop their full athletic, academic and emotional potential. Renowned for its excellence, the program was inducted into the Laurentian Ski Hall of Fame in 2007. Students registered in the program have the opportunity to hone their athletic abilities and complete high school with grades above provincial averages. Students also benefit from the skills and enthusiasm of highly qualified and experienced teachers and coaches who are as passionate about sliding sports as they are.
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Established in 1971, the mission of Loisir, de sport et de plein air des Laurentides, a regional organization also known as Loisirs Laurentides, is to be the main source of information for all matters that pertain to sports, recreation, and outdoor activities in the Laurentians. Recognized by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, Loisir et Sport du Québec, the organization coordinates various events that promote regional pride in its recreational, artistic and community merits. Loisirs Laurentides also communicates information relevant to its organization via its quarterly “Mieux Vivre” newsletter and its website.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY
The American Hiking Society promotes and protects foot trails and the hiking experience. Its National Trails Days celebration takes place nationwide the first Saturday in June, bringing together thousands of outdoor enthusiasts for trail dedications and maintenance, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and more. We hope to see you out on the trails this June.
Merrell is a member of The Conservation Alliance, an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $6 million to help protect rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas. Alliance funding has helped save over 38 million acres of wildlands; stop or remove 26 dams; and preserve access to more than 16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas. In August of 2008, The Conservation Alliance introduced ConservationNEXT to engage individuals in conservation efforts. ConservationNEXT seeks to create the next generation of stewards who will help protect our threatened wild places.
Project Athena is a non-profit foundation that encourages women to not just survive--but go on to STRIVE after enduring life altering yet life affirming medical conditions. Project Athena provides coaching, equipment, travel expenses, entry fees, and, most importantly, encouragement and inspiration for women who desire to unleash the athlete within and strive for the goal of a lifetime--whether that be to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, cross the finish line of an Ironman Triathlon, or fall into the arms of a proud family at the end of a local 5K.