Inclusion Lethbridge will be holding their 11th annual 100-Mile Bike Ride on June 15.
“This fundraiser is called the 100 Mile Bike Ride because, from the B.C. Border to Lethbridge is about 100 miles,” says Aileen Burke, MA, ABD, Community Navigator for Inclusion Lethbridge. “Riders pay a nominal registration fee and are encouraged to collect pledges/donations for their ride.”
Burke says that anyone who is interested in participating just needs to pay a small fee with their registration. Riders, Burke says, will have three options for their routes: biking the full 100 miles from the B.C. Border to Galt Gardens, Lethbridge; biking 60 miles from Pincher Creek to Galt Gardens, Lethbridge; or biking 33 miles from Fort Macleod to Galt Gardens, Lethbridge.
“The funds for this fundraiser go directly to the operations of the Inclusion Lethbridge,” Burke says. “Inclusion Lethbridge is a local non-profit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.”. With the increasing demand for our services, fundraisers like this help us continue to serve Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.”
Burke says that Inclusion Lethbridge has been around for more than 60 years and their mission is to advocate for and support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families/guardians so they can live: as valued citizens; free of discrimination; and enjoying all rights, responsibilities, and benefits of citizenship. Inclusion Lethbridge’s efforts, Burke says, are supported through volunteer fundraising and generous donation from individuals and community organizations.
“The goal for this year’s fundraiser is $50,000,” Burke says. “Donations are still coming in! We won’t have an idea of where we’re at until the event itself, but we are collecting donations until the end of July.”
Burke says that various organizations have also donated resources to guarantee that the ride will be successful. JK Trucking has donated bike transportation for the event; Volker Stevin has donated a truck and a driver to act as our trailing vehicle; Davis Pontiac Buick GMC has donated a lead vehicle; John Warlow of The Bamboo Bistro in Coleman is sponsoring and manning the Pincher Water State.
In addition to those contributions, Burke adds that Extra Foods in Fort Macleod has donated a cold lunch and beverages for the rest stop in Fort Macleod, Avail CPA has donated the grill to use at the barbecue, ATCO has donated tents, and Southern AB Emergency Radio Guild (HAM radio) has donated their time and resources for the communications between stations.
“We have always received positive feedback for this event,” Burke says. “We also combine the bike ride with a community festival, complete with live music, a barbecue, face painting, a bouncy house, and more!”
To register or volunteer for the event , call Jen at: 403-327-2911 or email email@example.com.
“Like any fundraiser, we are so very thankful for those community sponsors and volunteers who have stepped up to help make this fundraiser a success,” Burke says. “To the riders who are brave enough to endure 100 miles of biking – we salute them. It’s a lot of work to coordinate an endeavour like this, and we are fortunate to have the support to make this happen. It’s always a fun event that helps bring the community together.”