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Louis Garneau to donate proceeds from his works of art to Rwandan Cycling Team

Cyclist and businessman Louis Garneau is presenting his new set of 12 works he has painted at an upcoming showing and will be selling the pieces to raise money for Rwanda’s national cycling team.

Works in the set, titled Hope, will be sold and all the proceeds from the sales will be donated the Rwanda’s cycling team, which is coached by Jonathan “Jock” Boyer, the first American to ride in the Tour de France.

Boyer asked Garneau to help raise funds for the team.

“How could I say no to a cause like that?” asked Garneau. “It is why I decided to paint the Hope series, to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of Mr. Boyer and his riders. I am filled with admiration for these young men who lived the atrocities of the genocide and who, refusing to be taken down, chose to keep living, opting to compete in one of the most demanding sports there is.”

Each painting will be sold for $20,000 each.

Garneau’s company, Louis Garneau Sports, has been a sponsor of the team in Rwanda for four years.

The art exhibition is open until May 1 at 40 des Grands-Lacs St.,  St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Que.