Bike enthusiasts are being encouraged to don their helmets and jump on their bicycles for a good cause. The Great Cycle Challenge Canada raises money for programming and cancer research for sick kids who are battling the disease. Anyone in Canada can join in, including anyone here in Lethbridge. Last year the event had 52,000 people participate, raising just shy of $9.5-million for cancer research.
Jamie Lamont is the Director for Special Events and Sponsorships for the SickKids Foundation, and he says that this is his 5th year participating in the cycling challenge, “I take great pride in the fact that I am riding, and raising money for children’s cancer. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of the families and the patient ambassadors.”
Cyclers can choose their own distance goal for how much they want to ride in the month of August says Lamont, “That’s the beauty of this challenge, it lets you challenge yourself. You can do this as a single rider, an office team, or a community team.”
As of today, the fundraiser has already raised over $180,000 and counting, “We haven’t started the campaign yet, so it’s pretty incredible to see the support already in this early stage,” adds Lamont.
To register for the Great Cycle Challenge Canada, you can visit https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/