4th annual Caribou Charity Ride a tremendous success
By Heather Vita
On Sunday, September 9, 400 cyclists participated in the fourth annual Caribou Charity Ride in support of the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. Organizers of this year’s ride are thrilled to announce that the ride surpassed its goal and raised over $38,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund.
Event co-chair Jeff Hupka is extremely pleased by the community's support of the event, not only from the participants, but also from local businesses. "Sponsors have continued to enthusiastically support this event," Hupka says. "They make it possible to hold this ride that fills a gap for the cycling community while raising funds for an important cause."
Dan Bissonnette, Senior Development Officer of the Health Sciences Foundation and avid cyclist, joined riders for the 50 km ride. He noted, “The Caribou Charity Ride is very meaningful for our community. 100% of the funds raised today will remain in Northwestern Ontario to support world-class cancer care. The ride also promotes healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention and it's very encouraging to see people of all ages taking part."
Participants were in great spirits, enjoying the sunshine and scenery as they headed out from the Nor'wester Best Western Resort Hotel for the 100 km and 50 km rides. The two routes took them through the gently rolling hills of Oliver-Paipoonge Township.
50 km rider Janine Chiasson remarked, “I’m happy to be participating in this event for my second year. It’s a great way to get together with cyclists of all abilities, enjoy the gorgeous fall route, and support the Northern Cancer Fund.”
This year marks the fourth anniversary of this popular cycling event, and organizers are already making plans for next year’s ride.