Go ahead; jump on the Big Bike

Two-kilometre ride raises money for Heart and Stroke Foundation

During last year's Heart and Stroke Foundation's Big Bike Ride in 100 Mile House

During last year's Heart and Stroke Foundation's Big Bike Ride in 100 Mile House

The Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike Ride will be at Save-On-Foods in 100 Mile House on June 9 at 11:30 a.m.

The foundation is looking for teams of men and women to take a two-kilometre tour on Canada’s lone 30-seat bike.

100 Mile resident April Roberts will enter her team again this year and she is looking for folks to ride with her.

“My team is TIB JONES & FRIENDS. I have this team in memory of my dad who died of a massive stroke when he was 62 years old.”

All people need to form a team is get 29 bikers and ride around town a few times on this “humongous” bike that seats 29, she explains.

Each rider has to raise a minimum of $50, April says, adding all of the money goes to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“I need a few more bikers to join my team and donations are always welcome. It is a fun event and a worthy cause.”

Youth bikers must be at least 14 years old and must have a signed waiver from their parents, she notes.

The Big Bike has been coming to 100 Mile House for more than 20 years.

During the past four years, the 100 Mile House Big Bike supporters have raised more than $20,000.

April’s team, TIB JONES & FRIENDS, has raised $10,322 of that $20,000.

The foundation uses these funds to create survivors through life giving research and awareness campaigns.

The foundation’s vision, “Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke; together we will make it happen,” is being realized by the two impact goals – reducing the number of Canadian deaths from heart disease and stroke; and significantly improving the health of Canadians by decreasing their risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Last year, the 100 Mile House Big Bike event raised $5,690.

These funds have helped support life-saving research in British Columbia by researchers, such as Dr. Karin Humphries. She is investigating gender-based differences in cardiovascular disease, to build understanding and ultimately help improve the outcomes that women with heart disease face.

Folks who want to learn more or want to register a team can go to bigbike.ca.

People who would like to join April’s team can contact her at aprilldr@yahoo.com or 250-395-4421.