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Annual Boomer’s Ride Fundraiser – June 15-16, 2012

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December 20, 2011 – Join us for our annual Boomer’s Ride, a fundraiser for Boomer’s Legacy (a non-profit charitable organization raising funds to be used by soldiers, wherever they are deployed, for humanitarian assistance on the ground). This two-day Ride raises awareness and funds for Boomer’s Legacy, all the while providing a gorgeous setting for the 270 km Ride. Winding along the Inland Island Highway from Comox to Victoria, the cyclists follow the ocean right to the heart of beautiful Victoria, finishing in British Columbia’s capital city.

The goal of this nationwide event (satellite Rides scheduled for Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, and Newfoundland), is to raise funds for humanitarian projects in Afghanistan.

Boomer’s Legacy was started in memory of Corporal Andrew Eykelenboom, a Canadian Army medic killed in Afghanistan in 2006. Andrew had been keen to help the children of Afghanistan, who he met while out on patrol. He wrote “Mom, even the street people in Canada have more than anyone in the village I was just in”.

To honour her son, and all the fallen soldiers, Maureen Eykelenboom founded Boomer’s Legacy. The foundation also builds awareness of our soldiers’ efforts for those in need. To date, a fund of over $680,000 has been raised and, through the efforts of our Canadian soldiers, used to purchase shoes for orphans and science books for schools. It has replaced a herd of sheep killed by the Taliban so that a farmer could once again support his family. It provided medical supplies to villages and treated many children whose medical conditions would otherwise have been fatal simply because their families lacked the means and access to adequate medical care. Boomer’s Legacy, through our soldiers, continues to fund essential surgeries for children, assist in midwife training, and support athletic programs for the youth.

The Fund extends beyond Afghanistan – most recently, the Fund assisted children and women in Kosovo at an orphanage and women’s shelter. Please visit Boomer’s Legacy website for more information. www.boomerslegacy.ca

The bikes throughout the Ride will display the name and photograph of each of our fallen soldiers. Through this memorable event on June 15th, we will help people wherever our soldiers are deployed, and in so doing, honour our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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