Tour de Meldrum Bay raises over $16,000 for Manitoulin Health Centre

MINDEMOYA—The annual Tour de Meldrum Bay bicycle ride, the brainchild of Dale Scott, raised in excess of $16,000 for the Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) Let’s Emerg Together campaign this year.
“Events of this nature don’t just happen; it takes a lot of dedication and commitment. Thank you to Dale and Holly Scott, the Central Manitoulin Lions Club and the municipality of Central Manitoulin, the corporate sponsorship and to everyone who helped, organized, or participated in the event,” said Paula Fields, president and chief executive officer of the MHC, at a cheque presentation last week. “Yet again, the Manitoulin community stepped up. The board, senior team and staff of MHC appreciate the continued priority our community makes for health care on Manitoulin! I look forward to being able to welcome the public soon into the newly renovated and expanded space in Mindemoya.”
“It was the businesses, corporations, municipalities and the riders themselves that support the campaign,” said Dr. Scott. “One of the riders alone donated over $2,200.
“I am always inspired by the dedication and commitment of the riders who participate, some annually,” said Dr. Scott. “I was amazed to see over $16,000 raised towards the Let’s Emerg Together campaign. This was made possible with each rider’s fundraising efforts as well as corporate, business, private and municipal contributions. I am thankful to everyone who came together in spirit and generosity to make this happen.” He and all the riders want to thank the Silver Water United Church Auxiliary who provided a monetary donation and also generously prepared and delivered lunch to the hungry riders.
The ride has raised in excess of $150,000 for the MHC over the past 21 years.
A total of 26 riders (six new participants this year), many from Manitoulin Island as well as Sudbury and Espanola with five support vehicles, participated in this year’s ride, held in September. They started in Mindemoya on their trip to Meldrum Bay, where riders had dinner and stayed at the Meldrum Bay Inn that evening, heading out on the return journey to Mindemoya the next morning. The round trip is just over 200 kilometres.
Dr. Scott initiated the annual event, riding solo the first year and with three participants accompanying him the second and third years. The ride was launched with the idea of the event being used to raise funds for the Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary for support of projects and needed equipment at the hospital.