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Bike challenge flies by point of no return on “journey to the Moon!”

Posted: Aug. 26, 2015 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Congratulations to all the participants in the 2015 Halton Hills Community Bike Challenge for successfully logging more than 200,000 kms so far this summer. That means we have reached the half way mark and the mid-Challenge sponsors have now made good on their pledges to the Georgetown Hospital Foundation.

Georgetown Canadian Tire is contributing $20,000; Ollie’s Cycle and Ski – $1000, Young Dentistry $1000; and Betty D’Oliveira $500 to Georgetown Hospital Foundation. The Challenge was launched on April 11 and has attracted more than 750 participants of all ages and abilities. These cyclists have faithfully logged every kilometre onto a dedicated website www.haltonhillsbikechallenge.ca.

“We are thrilled to be receiving $22,500 from local sponsors of the Bike Challenge. It is terrific to have this support from both sponsors and the cyclists,” said Georgetown Hospital Foundation’s Jennifer McNally.

Pledges have also been made by The Peter Gilgan Foundation/Mattamy Homes for $25,000; PwC Epic Tour Halton, $5000; Georgetown Terminal Warehouse, $5,000; Superior Glove, $2,500: CPI $2000; and HealthSpan Wellness, $500 for a total of an additional $40,000 at the completion of the Bike Challenge.

This is the third year for the Halton Hills Community Bike Challenge which is a project of the Town’s Bicycle Friendly Community Committee. After successfully reaching the 300,000 km goal last year, the Committee raised the stakes by setting a new goal of 384,000 kms or the distance from the Earth to the Moon!

“I encourage everyone to get out and cycle for this great cause. Not only do the proceeds go back to our local hospital, but cycling promotes active living,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.

The Bike Challenge Committee is looking for more participants to sign up since the next 184,000 kms needs to be accomplished this cycling season. New participants are allowed to add in all the kilometres they have cycled in 2015 meaning that it is never too late to join up and make a contribution to the cause.

“The Bike Challenge is an easy and fun way for residents and families to contribute to our wonderful Georgetown Hospital by simply riding their bikes and logging the kilometres at www.bikechallenge.ca . An additional $41,000 in pledged donations is waiting for the Challenge to reach its ultimate goal of 384,000 kms,” added Regional Councillor Jane Fogal, who also chairs the Town’s Bicycle Friendly Community Committee.

The Halton Hills Community Bike Challenge does not have a deadline but organizers are hoping to have the distance completed by mid-September.

Those interested in helping the community reach its goal should check out www.haltonhillsbikechallenge.ca and email hhcycling@haltonhills.ca for further information. Anyone can participate and cycling does not need to take place in Halton Hills. The Challenge is intended to be an easy and fun way for people to be part of a healthy community project.


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