A total of 10 teams will be participating in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike Ride coming to Williams Lake Tuesday, June 10, says Teresa Moore, the foundation’s Kamloops/Cariboo area manager.
Presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Big Bike Ride is a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The Big Bike holds teams of 29 riders who are committed to raising a minimum of $50 each in support of heart disease and stroke research.
Last year more than 4,000 teams, in more than 600 communities, helped to raise $8.4 million for life-saving research.
Moore says the top Williams Lake fundraiser this year will win two tickets to the Wine Down event at Harper’s Trail Winery in Kamloops which includes a concert with Canadian country superstar Chad Brownlee.
The Wine Down takes place Saturday, June 28 at 6 p.m. and is also a $125 a ticket fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Local organizer Elaine Balul says the lakecity ride raised $22,403 last year and the goal is to raise $25,000 this year.
She says there is still time to register for a ride on the big bike with one of the teams already scheduled in the time slots that will be spaced out between about 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10. Give her a call at 250-398-4952 if you would like to join a ride.
She says the rides take about 20 minutes each and will start and end at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and follow the annual Stampede Parade route.
This is the eighth year that Balul has been the local organizer for the Big Bike ride.
“I do it because I see the benefits of the Heart and Stroke Foundation research all around me in my neighbours, friends and co-workers,” Balul says. “That’s why I keep doing it.”
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca), a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.
Visit www.bigbike.ca to learn more.