Despite falling short of a $13,000 goal, the Heart and Stroke Foundation called Thursday a great day of enthusiasm and energy after a combined $12,079 was raised through the Big Bike in 100 Mile House and Williams Lake.
“We had one big ride at noon in 100 Mile and then we headed up here,” said Kamloops-Cariboo community coordinator, Lisa Verity at the Save On Foods parking lot.
“We had our first team which was Save-On-Foods, and then we had a full bike with 29 people-we had RBC, Scotiabank, Daybreak Rotary, and we had a couple of riders come from the Nenqayni Wellness Centre.”
The last team on the Big Bike in Williams Lake was Gibraltar Mines.
“The Big Bike is so much fun but when you see a survivor sitting on that bike and you know he is riding not just for a cause, but it’s a cause that quite literally saved his life it’s a pretty powerful statement,” added Verity noting survivors and also family members of those who lost a loved one because of cardiac arrest or stroke took part.
“It’s always powerful for us when we meet those survivors and we meet the people whose lives our work touches.”