July 24, 2012 (Toronto, ON) – Ryders Cycling Society of Canada and CAN Fund are pleased to announce that cyclist Denise Ramsden is the athlete who will be supported by Ryder Hesjedal through the funds raised from the pink jersey auction held in June.
After his historic Giro d’Italia win in May, Ryder Hesjedal’s first ever pink jersey—the Maglia Rosa from Stage 7, was auctioned off on e-bay raising $10,300 supporting Ryders Cycling Society of Canada and CAN Fund.
“We are excited to have Ryder take on a leadership role in helping our future heroes” says Conrad Leinemann COO – CAN Fund. “As a past recipient of a CAN Fund grant himself, it is always humbling to see our athletes who do so well give back to the athletes who still need assistance to achieve their goals.”
Meanwhile, Ramsden was ecstatic when she was contacted by CAN Fund and told of the support and where it came from.
“It was really cool,” said Ramsden. “I saw that he was auctioning off his pink jersey and proceeds were going to CAN Fund, even before I knew it was even involving me, and I thought it was great that he was doing that and giving back to Canadian athletes. Then when I found out I was the recipient I was very excited and happy. What he’s doing is fantastic. I’m very grateful that other people will get a chance to benefit from RCSC going forward as well.”
There are still 100 athletes who remain on the CAN Fund waiting list for financial assistance. With these athletes getting ready to represent Canada at the London Olympics only days away, Hesjedal is encouraging others who are able to donate what they can to support the athletes and help clear the waiting list.
“Let’s work together and support the remaining athletes on the CAN Fund waiting list,” said Hesjedal.
To support our remaining athletes, please donate online HERE or call 1-866-937-2012. Donors will receive a tax receipt and be able to find out who they helped.
For those wishing to donate to Ryders Cycling Society of Canada, please click HERE.