With more than 60 participants currently registered, there are plenty of people excited about the second annual WDMH Foundation’s Heel ’n Wheel for Local Cancer Care.
Taking place on Saturday, September 7, participants will be walking or cycling on four active routes including: Finch, Osgoode, Russell and South Mountain.
As with last year’s event, due to the far-reaching WDMH catchment area, seven communities were initially chosen as starting locations for all walkers, runners and cyclists including: Crysler, Finch, Morrisburg, Greely, Osgoode, Russell, or South Mountain.
The final routes chosen for the event include: Finch, Osgoode, Russell and South Mountain.
By merging some of the initial routes, fewer resources are required, including food, shelter, portable washrooms and even volunteers, therefore making the event more cost effective.
Walkers will be leaving from the Community Centres in Finch and Osgoode at 9 a.m. and from the South Mountain Township Agricultural Hall at 10 a.m. Cyclists and runners will be leaving from Russell High School and the South Mountain Township Agricultural Hall at 2 p.m.
If you’re into cheering on these participants, you can meet the walkers along the Finch, South Mountain or Osgoode routes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; or you can meet the cyclists or runners on the Russell or South Mountain routes between 2 p.m, and 4 p.m.
This event’s proceeds are designated to the WDMH Foundation Cancer Fund, many people who are participating or pledging are interested in the event because they or someone they know has been touched by cancer.
In 2012, More than 6,300 patient visits took place, including people: having a colonoscopy, using the Ontario Breast Screening Program, or having Chemotherapy visits.
In addition, many surgical procedures occur at WDMH, including biopsies and cancer surgeries.
Once the active portion of the Heel ’n Wheel is over, participants, their families and friends, as well as any members of the general public, can attend and enjoy an After-Party and BBQ in the Winchester Public School Field on York Street in Winchester (in case of rain, After-Party and BBQ will be at the Winchester Lions Hall).
Meant to be an inclusive event, this family-friendly afternoon will feature a barbecue, musical entertainment, mini-putt, face painting, balloon animals, a photo slideshow and an awards ceremony. For only $5, the general public can purchase a barbecue ticket which buys: a drink, a burger or hot dog, and a bag of chips.