In 2009, FindingLife founder Elia Saikaly embarked on an expedition to the north side of Mt. Everest in Tibet, with long time friend Gabriel Filippi. The two of them set out to ascend the colder, more exposed, north side of the mountain.
After an unusually heavy snowfall mid May, with the Monsoon season lurking, every team on the mountain decided to abruptly end their summit bids, including the Sherpas, and retreat to safety. Elia, Gabirel and Peruvian climber and friend Richard Hidalgo decided to carry on against all odds and were the last three men on Everest.
The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is determined to provide a better and healthier future for children in need. Since its inception in August 2000, the Foundation has donated over $20 million to 697 charitable endeavors throughout the province of Quebec working for the well-being of underprivileged children.
The Foundation fulfills its mandate in two ways: first, through a unique flagship project – the BLEU BLANC BOUGE program – which consists of building community refrigerated and multisport rinks; secondly by providing financial support to organizations whose projects and programs enable children to adopt healthy lifestyles by being more active.