Corporal Tanya Gendron plans Moroccan desert conquest

Corporal Tanya Gendron
Corporal Tanya Gendron is a clerk at the Military Human Resources Center at Saint-Jean Garrison. Photo: Servir

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Yves Bélanger, Servir

Corporal Tanya Gendron, a clerk at the Military Human Resources Center at Saint-Jean Garrison, will realize her dream of conquering the Moroccan desert alone on a quad (four wheeler) in the 18th Trophée Roses des Sables in October.

The Trophée Roses des Sables is a 100% female adventure rally that has taken place in the Moroccan desert for about fifteen years. As part of the great tradition of African rallies, its philosophy is focused on cooperation and team spirit.

The event includes a mutual aid component. Each year, “les Roses” carry tons of donations for underprivileged children in southern Morocco, and charities in France and Québec also benefit from the impact of this rally.

“It was five years ago that I discovered this activity and what it provided to the Moroccan community. I immediately knew that it was made for me,” says Cpl Gendron. “I decided to do this adventure alone for self-improvement and the confidence that it could give me. I want to feel the thrill that comes from having a dream come true, despite the overwhelming heat of the desert.”

She doesn’t fear being alone in the desert. “The participants are always well supervised. In addition, there are always two or three girls who follow each other closely. In case anything goes wrong, I’ll get help easily,” she says, adding that her military training will be very useful for such an activity.

Participating in the event is quite expensive. Apart from the airplane ticket to France, which is the departure point, Cpl Gendron must pay for the registration fee and other expenses.

“I’ll need to use my organizing skills, because I will have to hold several fundraisers to gather the $15 000 needed to complete this adventure,” she says.

You can follow Cpl Gendron’s journey by registering on her Facebook page.

Trophée Roses des Sables

The Trophée Roses des Sables is a 100% female adventure rally that has taken place in the Moroccan desert for about fifteen years. As part of the great tradition of African rallies, its philosophy is focused on cooperation and team spirit.


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