Manitoulin contributes greatly to Big Bike success

SUDBURY—The City of Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin Island fundraised over $93,000 during this year’s Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike event.

“Actually I think we are now closer to $94,000 having been raised,” stated Cori-Lynn Lemaitre, area coordinator for the Heart and Stoke Foundation. “We’re pretty proud of everyone, and humbled.”

“When you consider our goal had been $71,000, our communities blew this figure out of the water,” stated Ms. Lemaitre. “There was so much team and community support.”

Ms. Lemaitre said in a press release that she is overwhelmed by the generosity of the City of Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin Island community. The funds raised are going towards heart disease research and prevention along with providing funding for heart patient survivors and rehabilitation.

“It’s amazing to see what can be accomplished when our communities join forces. So many people in our communities have been touched by heart disease,” said Ms. Lemaitre.

This year there were 50 teams participating in Heart and Stroke Big Bike events and over 1,000 participants. Teams, made up of 29 riders plus a driver, work together to raise funds for life-saving heart and stroke research, and celebrate their success by pedaling through their communities on the biggest bike in Canada.

On Manitoulin teams and riders took part in the Big Bike event in Gore Bay and Little Current.

“We’re very proud, and the funds will be well used for research advocacy and community awareness,” added Ms. Lemaitre.