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Bike-a-Thon raises more than $20,000 for Spirit of the North

The results are in.

This year, the Bike-A-Thon raised $20,842, bringing the grand total to more than $150,000 over the past 10 years.

Since 2010, the Bike-A-Thon has raised funds to support healthcare initiatives in northern B.C. through the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.

The 10th Annual Bike-A-Thon, sponsored by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society, that took place Saturday August 31, have totalled their funds and are making their presentation to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation today. Each year the group departs the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple at 8 a.m. and cyclists of all ages bike all the way to Purden Lake where they all enjoy a picnic lunch provided by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society.

The participants then bike back to Prince George in the afternoon. Not only does this event raise funds for a great cause, but it is a great way to get out for a day of fun, fresh air and exercise.

“We are truly grateful for the generosity and ambition shown for healthcare by everyone,” said Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Each year they continue to direct their donations to an area of greatest need and focusing on healthy messages to youth is ideal. Our hope is that what is learned through this program is retained and shared with family and friends so that everyone benefits from great lessons learned at a young age.”

Over the years they have supported our areas of greatest need, including our regional Cardiac Campaign, Optos OCT-SLO for the eye clinic, Spect CT Scanner, and a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room. This year’s Bike-A-Thon was in support of The Spirit of Healthy Kids program; a partnership between Northern Health, The Prince George Cougars and the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. A program delivered to elementary school aged students focusing on healthy messages and proactive healthcare. This program is designed to teach youth about making healthy choices, being active, reading and of course being kind and giving back in the community.

“It is important that the money raised stays here locally to help, and that our event draws the community together,” said Gordie Powar, the Bike-A-Thon Coordinator. “I would like to say a special thanks to Dr. Mann. I couldn’t do the event without him, and thank you to all of the participants who help us and work hard on this.”

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