Sports and solidarity challenge – Around the Cher on foot for the benefit of the Handi’Go association

He has retained his passion for sport but is no longer interested in competition. For three years, Jean-Luc Léger, former athlete of the Foëcy club, has been walking for associations that support sick and disabled children. As a medico-psychological assistant, now working in Puy-de-Dôme, he is concerned by the difficulties encountered by these families.

“The pleasure of walking and the desire to please an association”

In 2018, while he was a volunteer in an oncology department, meeting Enea, an 11-year-old girl suffering from mastocytosis, was the trigger to combine “the pleasure of walking and the desire to please an association. », As he confided at the beginning of July, by launching an appeal to support his project. Having kept close links with the Cher, where his family and friends reside, Jean-Luc Léger is establishing contacts with local associations who need to make themselves known and be supported.

Jean-Luc Léger, former runner, walks for Solenea de Vierzon in Clermont-Ferrand

After SolEnea, then, Maxou step by step in 2019, the challenge planned for 2020, stopped by the pandemic, was relaunched this summer. Tomorrow, the big-hearted walker will set off from Vierzon, for a one-week pedestrian Tour du Cher, for the benefit of Handi’Go, an association of Venesmes, created in July 2019 around Hugo, a little boy suffering from palsy and cerebral disability.

March for Maxou in 2019, in Vierzon

Jean-Luc Léger’s sporting challenge is associated with a call for donations, and above all, with the desire to make this initiative visible and to share. The small troop of ten people hopes to be joined on its journey by all those who will want to support it, for a few kilometers or more, depending on the possibilities.
After a week on the roads of the Cher, punctuated by several public meetings during the stages (read opposite), the arrival will be celebrated in Vierzon on August 21, with a drink offered by the municipality.

Donations on the Yapla platform or by check payable to: Association Handi’go, 50 route de Lignières, 18190 Venesmes. Contacts: Jean-Luc Léger,; Handi’go,

The departure of the Tour du Cher pedestrian is scheduled for Saturday August 14, at 8 a.m., in front of the Republican Berry, in Vierzon. Those who wish are invited to come and encourage Jean-Luc Léger, as well as throughout the course, carried out voluntarily, in complete safety, on the main roads, in order to make this initiative visible. The walker and his team, around ten people, will be accommodated each evening at the Vierzon campsite, the shuttles being provided in a vehicle loaned by Jean-Luc Léger’s employer.

Aubigny-sur-Nere (the 14th), Sancerre (the 15th), Nérondes (the 16th), Saint-Amand-Montrond (on the 17th, public meeting at 6 p.m.), land Châtelet (the 18th), Venesmes (on the 19th, public meeting at 6 p.m.), Mehun-sur-Yèvre (the 20), Vierzon (on the 21st, around 5 p.m.).

Veronique petreau