August 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOCAL CYCLISTS RAISE $23,000 FOR HOSPICE CARE
This past weekend, twenty-five local cyclists with big ambition and bigger hearts embarked on a two-day, 170 kilometers ride in support of hospice care. They were riding in the third annual Cycle of Life Tour.
In order to participate, each cyclist committed to raising $300 in pledge money but that target meant little to this philanthropic group. Twenty of the twenty-five cyclists earned well over the $300 minimum with eight reaching goals of more than $1000 and two riders achieving over $3000 in pledges.
Cycle of Life Tour Founder, Graham Robertson couldn’t be more pleased with the success of the 2013 Tour, the first year of the group ride format. “I was hoping the cyclists who signed up to ride would come up with around $500 to $700 each, but some of the riders achieved twice that in only a few weeks time. It says so much about the caliber of individuals we had riding with the Tour this year – generous, dedicated, people. It’s amazing.”
At a ceremony planned for this coming September, Robertson will make donations on behalf of the Tour to the Victoria Hospice, the Cowichan Hospice, the Salt Spring Island Hospice and the Sooke Hospice Societies.
All together the contribution to local hospice care will exceed $23,000 as a result of the 2013 Cycle of Life Tour.
The Cycle of Life Tour wishes to thank its generous sponsors and supporters without whom the event would not be possible: Berwick Royal Oak, Cordova Bay Records, Acacia Integrative Health Clinic, Victoria Charitable Fire Fighters Association, Fort Street Cycle, Thrifty Foods, TriStars Training and Island Mediquip.
Since its inception in 2011 the Cycle of Life Tour has raised over $50,000. To find out more, visit www.cycleoflifetour.ca.