THUNDER BAY – After 2 successful years, the Caribou Charity Ride is getting ready for another great day. This year, the event will take place on September 11, 2011. “Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer in some way,” says event organizer Jeff Hupka. “In light of this, the Caribou Charity Ride was created to motivate everyone – from the average weekend warrior, to accomplished cyclists – to challenge themselves while helping bring the best in cancer care, education, and prevention to Northwestern Ontario.”
In the past two years, the successful event has raised over $35,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “We are absolutely thrilled with the support and enthusiasm displayed by our community,” says Bob Stewart, Co-Owner and Manager of Caribou Restaurant. “Last year’s results exceeded our expectations and we hope to continue that trend this year.”
“Events like the Caribou Charity Ride truly make a difference. The funds raised have already had a positive impact on the lives of cancer patients in our community, giving them enhanced access to life-saving cancer equipment, technology and treatment programs throughout the region,” says Glenn Craig, President & CEO, Health Sciences Foundation. “This year’s event will continue to support the fight against cancer. Together, we are making hope possible.”
The Caribou Charity Ride is about more than just raising funds; it’s about awareness and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Rory Cava – whose father is a cancer survivor – knows first-hand how important that is, and that is why he rides. “It’s important to be proactive about your health – stay active, eat healthy, and get screened regularly,” says Cava. “I am proud to participate in an event that does such a great job supporting cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment and I encourage you to do the same. Together, we are healthier.”
To participate, all you need is a bike, a helmet (Snell or ANSI certified), determination, and the desire to have a good time. Participants can choose from a 50km or a 100km distance. The ride gathers at the Best Western Nor’Wester Resort Hotel where both distances will ride out through the rolling hills of Oliver Paipoonge Municipality. “Join us as we ride to promote healthy living, cancer awareness and to empower and remember those affected by cancer,” says Hupka.
Registration for the Caribou Charity Ride is now open. A fee of $65 includes an event t-shirt, a post-ride lunch, a $10 gift certificate to Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, and the added benefit of knowing that you are doing your part in the fight against cancer! Register online at www.cariboucharityride.com.
In the photo: Preparing to ride are Bob Stewart, Caribou Restaurant; Jeff Hupka, event organizer; Rory Cava, Prostate Man and participant; Frank Wilson, Thunder Bay Cycling Club President; Tom Pazianos, Caribou Restaurant; and Pete Tofinetti of Cyclepath.