Islanders show heart and raise over $5,000 at this year’s Big Bike event on Manitoulin

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MANITOULIN—Earlier this month, over 75 Islanders showed their support for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, participating in the Bike Big event on Manitoulin to raise over $5,000 for the cause.

“Manitoulin had three teams which participated including the Manitoulin Health Centre, the Town of Gore Bay and the Bank of Montreal team,” area coordinator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Sudbury, Kim Paris, told The Expositor following the event. “Manitoulin has been hosting the event for almost 10 years and is always very supportive of the Big Bike event and our other campaigns.”

For the Big Bike, teams made up of a maximum of 29 riders each commit to raising $50 or more and ride through their communities on the bike, showing their support and raising awareness for heart disease and stroke research.

“A vital fundraiser with impressive results, the Heart and Stroke Big Bike continues to engage Canadians across the country,” states a press release from the organization. “Last year, over 65,000 riders in over 200 communities helped raise over $8.4 million for research. This is helping us achieve even greater results that change the lives of not only heart and stroke patients, but all Canadians.”

To learn more about Big Bike visit www.bigbike.ca.

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Robin Burridge

Robin Burridge has been a staff writer of The Manitoulin Expositor for three years. She graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with an honours degree in English. Following a management career in the hospitality industry, Ms. Burridge joined our editorial staff. Although a generalist, her primary focus is on the municipal political scene. Ms. Burridge writes from The Manitoulin Expositor office in Little Current.