By Suzanne Truchan
On July 1st – Canada Day – David Cote, a student from University of Toronto, completed an ultramarathon. A 100 km run to raise charity funds for First Book Canada. David began this feat in the morning, running through most of the day alone, although sometimes friends or family members joined him. David challenged his friends and family to support his run and ended up raising $3,650 for First Book Canada!
At first, David searched the internet for charities that aligned with his love of reading and his passion to improve social inequalities facing low-income families, especially education. “Ultimately, when I finally came across FBC, I knew it was a perfect organization to choose!” said David.
Growing up as the youngest of three boys, he endured a lot of teasing over the years. One reason he decided to run an ultramarathon was to show his brothers that he has what it takes to challenge himself big-time. His parents said he’s always been the kind of boy to make up his mind and then go and reach for his goals. They were there to support him all day with snacks, cold drinks, and moral support. Mom and dad were concerned but very proud!
David will begin his first year of a combined law/master’s of public policy degree program at the University of Toronto in September. “I know that reading and good education has been fundamental to my academic success thus far.”
First Book Canada applauds and sends our thanks and gratitude to David for his fundraising and we wish him success in all his future endeavours!