Big turnout for ‘Big Bike’


“Heart disease kills one in three people,” said Lynne Groulx, program coordinator for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “More women die of heart disease than all of the cancers put together.” 

Groulx passed along these statistics to riders as they prepared for their ‘Big Bike’ ride on April 30th. The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s ‘Big Bike’ fundraiser came to Morrisburg for the day on Monday, complete with  the massive 30-seat bike.

Stationed at Canadian Tire in Morrisburg for the second year in a row, the ‘Big Bike’ went out five times on Monday. The first ride, organized by Community Living Dundas, raised $814.51. The second, organized by Beavers Dental, raised $2,230. Canadian Tire family and friends took the fourth ride of the day bringing in $677 toward the cause.

The third and fifth rides of the day were both organized by Barbara Scott on behalf of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce. According to Scott, finding people willing to join the fundraiser was a simple matter of asking: “I hit Facebook, email, phone, doors… it’s just knocking on doors and saying we need help.” 

The first Chamber ride included RBC, the Upper Canada Playhouse, W.C. Robinson Plumbing and Electrical, the Hartford Retirement Centre, and Tim Cassell – Independent Insurance Provider, as well as Chamber members. The group raised $3,417.

The second Chamber ride included Scotiabank, the Basket Café and Gift Shop, South Dundas councillor Evonne Delegarde, and other Chamber members. They raised $3,630.05 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s research.

With the five rides combined, the Morrisburg event brought in $10,768.56, approximately $3,000 more than last year’s total.

According to Groulx, the Morrisburg total brings the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s ‘Big Bike’ fundraiser much closer to their $55,000 goal. As of April 30th, Groulx estimated that they are sitting at approximately $37,000 in total so far.

According to Groulx, the ‘Big Bike’ visited Akwesasne on April 27th, Cornwall on April 28th and 29th, and then Morrisburg on the 30th. The ‘Big Bike’ then traveled to Embrun on May 1st. The final destinations include Rockland on the 3rd, Cornwall high schools (La Citadelle High School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Seconday School) on the 4th, and finally, Vankleek Hill and Alexandria on the 5th.

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