Cyclists invited to hit highway
to help with hospital travel costs

A South Okanagan group that provides travel help for local families with sick and injured children wants you along for the ride.

Highway to Healing will be holding a fun bike ride June 11 to raise funds for Oliver and Osoyoos families who need help traveling with sick children.

“We started in 2013 and originally we only funded Oliver families just because we started out really small,” explained Highway to Healing’s Riley Martin.

“With a whole bunch of community support, we were able to expand earlier this year. We now support OK Falls and Osoyoos families.”

The Ride to Provide begins and ends at Oliver’s Lion’s Park. Free bike maintenance will be available and food and drinks will also be provided after entrants finish the event.

There will also be face painting and a bouncy castle for the young ones, door prizes, and more.

The event itself consists of a 30-km long ride that goes north of Oliver on the bike path and South around Black Sage Road and shorter five- and 10-km rides that mostly stick to the hike-and-bike path in Oliver.

Registration for the longer ride is at 10 a.m., with the ride beginning 30 minutes later. Registration for the shorter rides is at 11 a.m., with the ride beginning at 11:30.

Registration for the long ride is $25 per person. The short ride is $10 per person. Riders can also download pledge sheets and collect from friends and family who can’t attend the event.

Participants can register at HighwaytoHealing.org or on the day of the event.

The event is the society’s one big annual fundraiser. All proceeds raised go to providing for travel costs. The society also receives personal donations and financial assistance from organizations throughout the South Okanagan.

The event “is a big part of getting our name out,” said Mr. Martin. The annual event has attracted up to 100 riders in the past.

“We’re hoping to top that this year,” he said.

The event has a number of local sponsors, including Double O Bikes, Johnson Meier Insurance Agencies Group, local Kiwanis and Lions clubs, Interior Savings, Big Al’s Bakery, Tru Building Centre, Fun 4 Life, PJR Contracting, Buy Low Foods, Dr. Daniel Ng, Freybe Meats and Ron Firman.

 

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