in Dijon, Ukrainian refugees can participate in hikes to discover the department

How to combine hiking and solidarity with Ukraine? By organizing course for Ukrainian refugees ! This is what the departmental hiking committee in Côte-d’Or and the regional hiking committee in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. It’s their way of helping the association Let’s help Ukraine Dijon, which has just been created. This Sunday, May 22, these two associations allowed these newcomers to complete a 6 kilometer course, around Lake Kir in Dijon (Côte-d’Or), but also on the Talant plateau.

Ventilate after a heavy trauma

For Thaïs, this hike is a great help. This 28-year-old Ukrainian woman arrived in the department on March 16 with her 5-year-old granddaughter. She had to hurriedly leave her village located 2 kilometers from Boutcha (Ukraine). “This course allows me to take my mind off things and experience new emotions.“, explains the mother of the family. With her, about twenty people, women, children and teenagers are present. All leave from Lake Kir, supervised by Corinne Detouillon and Quentin Vacelet. This is the representative of the departmental hiking committee in Côte-d’Or and a member of the regional hiking committee in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

Thaïs, 28, arrived with her granddaughter in Côte-d’Or last March © Radio France
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Helping Ukraine in their own way

This is our way of helping Ukraine. We organized this course to help the association Aidons l’Ukraine Dijon. Our idea is to ensure that these refugees can discover the city but also the department, and that they can create links between them.“, details Corinne Detouillon. The member of the hiking committee in Côte-d’Or notes for the moment “don’t have too many demands“, on behalf of the Ukrainian refugees. However, she indicates that she is ready to organize other hikes, “weekends and even weekdays“, if the trend is reversed.

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