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8th Annual Wheel 2 Heal Raises $147,037 for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation

by pedalmag.com
Riders at the Starting Line  ©  Jay Shaw Photography
May 02, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – Hundreds of cyclists made history on April 30, 2016 as they took part in the first-ever coordinated cycling effort that crossed the new Port Mann Bridge, as part of the 8th annual Wheel 2 Heal cycling charity event.

Presented by BOLD Properties, the 100km road ride took participants through Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Langley and Surrey to raise funds for the vital needs at Eagle Ridge Hospital, which touches 1 in every 2 Tri-Cities residents.

Board Accepts Fundraising Donation  ©  Jay Shaw Photography
Major highlights included:
– Wheel 2 Heal raised a total of $147,037 in rider donations and fundraising alone
– First group to cycle along the second largest, and longest supported-cable bridge in North America, the Port Mann Bridge
– Cycling routes accommodated all ages and abilities; ranging from 15km, 40 km trail rides to a 100km road ride
– Team “Follow the Rainbow” included the three 80+ year old Nick Brothers and life-time PoCo residents who wow’d while they “wheeled” for ERHF
– PoCo Mayor, Greg Moore, ERHF executive director Charlene Giovannetti-King, board chair Alison Johansen, ERH surgeons and past patients were just a few of the prominent people cycling today!

Wheel 2 Heal Riders Cross Port Mann Bridge  ©  Jay Shaw Photography
Individuals and teams topped the charts with their fundraising efforts this year. “Cap’s Westwood Cycle” raising more than 25K, and “Cycle For Life” raising over $15K

“We are so fortunate to have hundreds of community members spanning across Greater Vancouver championing the health care needs of the Tri-Cities,” says Charlene Giovannetti-King, Executive Director, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. “It was deeply moving to witness the sense of collective action that was here today.”

Wheel 2 Heal Riders Celebrate End of Ride and Donations  ©  Jay Shaw Photography

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