The Spinning Hearts, made up of members from Save-On-Foods, and other residents from the community, take their turn riding the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike Thursday afternoon in Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photos)

VIDEO: Big Bike rolls through lakecity in support of Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Big Bike Ride Thursday aimed to raise $13,000 between Williams Lake and 100 Mile House

With five teams participating in three rides around downtown Williams Lake, the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike Ride Thursday afternoon was aiming to raise $13,000 between the lakecity and 100 Mile House.

The Save-On-Foods team, where the Big Bike was stationed with the starting line and registration desk, was first up at 4 p.m.

Next up was the Scotiabank, RBC and Daybreak Rotary team, followed by longtime participants, the Taseko Mines Ltd. team.

Matt Bennison, a Williams Lake Save-On-Foods employee, was one of this year’s riders. Bennison suffered a stroke five years ago, and said it’s nice to be able to help out the organization.

“It’s just something I do, is raise money for it,” he said. “Staying active has been a big help in my recovery — I even ran a half marathon in Kamloops, Boogie the Bridge, this past April.”

Driver Garry Dyck of Calgary, meanwhile, is on tour with the bike as it makes its way to cities throughout B.C.

“I’m been on the road for seven weeks already, and it’s about two-and-a-half months altogether for all of B.C.”

For fundraising totals as they become available check www.wltribune.com.

 

The Spinning Hearts, made up of members from Save-On-Foods, and other residents from the community, take their turn riding the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike Thursday afternoon in Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photos)

Longtime Williams Lake Heart and Stroke Foundation volunteer Elaine Balul works the registration desk Thursday at the foundation’s Big Bike Ride in Williams Lake.

Team Save-On-Foods poses for a team photo prior to taking their ride through downtown Williams Lake.

Matt Bennison takes a quick break in one of the ‘big chairs’ setup alongside the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike tent in the Save-On-Foods parking lot Thursday.

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