Gore Bay raises over $100K for Heart and Stroke Foundation

GORE BAY—The Town of Gore Bay and its community members have been praised for their tremendous support of the Sudbury and Manitoulin District Heart and Stroke Foundation through very successful fundraising events like the Big Bike event held last Friday as part of the Gore Bay Harbour Days celebrations.

“Your community, year after year, has provided tremendous support to the Heart and Stroke Foundation,” stated Cori-Lynn Lemaitre, area coordinator at the Big Bike event, last Friday. “Your small town with a population of about 900 continues to provide tremendous support.”

Ms. Lemaitre said the community has raised over $102,2892.60 in total (prior to last week’s event). And the support doesn’t  all stem from the Big Bike event. “Over 23 years of Jump Rope for Heart at Charles C. McLean Public School, over $90,005.60 has been raised; in the past six years of our door to door fundraising campaign in town, over $4,509 has been raised. And over the last three years of the Big Bike event, more than $7,778.00 has been raised.”

And on top of this, at last week’s Big Bike event, the two teams who participated (the Gore Bay Bluffers and Gore Bay Manitoulin Transport) (less than 60 participants), raised over $10,300 from last week’s Big Bike event, said Ms. Lemaitre.

Ms. Lemaitre also told participants, “you have a town of very generous people. You guys are always giving and helping people in the community.”

Ms. Lemaitre added that, “in 2014 the number of Manitoulin Island residents who had to make appointments or visit one of the two Island hospitals for heart and stroke related illness decreased to 778 people from the previous year, of 840 people. There is still a lot more work to do, but through your help these numbers will continue to decrease. Thank you very much.”