Wheelin’ Warriors of the North have started to hit the road again now that the weather is warm and the streets are clean.
Since 2013, the Wheelin’ Warriors’ first year riding, the group of cyclists have raised over $1.5 million for cancer treatment and research, and they are looking to add more to that total once again this season.
“This cause means a lot to me, and so many people on the team,” said Karin Piche, the Founder and Captain of Wheelin’ Warriors, at a media event this morning.
All of the money the Warriors raise stays in Northern BC, which she said has allowed residents to receive treatment at home and helped fund research locally.
The big annual event the Warriors fundraise for is Tour de Cure, a 200km ride split over two days across from Vancouver to Hope.
Each Wheelin’ Warrior must raise $2,500 to be able to participate in the late August Tour – Ron Gallo, the team’s co-captain, said their team of riders range from 30-80 each year.
The group is adding a new donation incentive this year – the ability for 100 people to become honorary riders with a $200 donation.
People who make the donation will be able to pick up a wristband from Cycle Logic on third avenue. If all of the bands sell, the Warriors will have raised an additional $20,000.
“All you have to do is make your donation to one of the riders – you don’t have to ride,” Gallo explained. “It recognizes your contribution to somebody’s ride.”
This announcement coincides with the annual Free Wheelin Gala, which is being held on May 27 at the Civic Centre.
“You want a success story? The Gala is a success story,” Gallo said. “Over the years I have been involved, I have watched [Karin] spearhead this Gala from about 75 people to an expected attendance this year of over 500 people.”
“Thinking of when we started the Gala, it was over at the Treasure Cove Casino showroom – now we are at the Civic Centre,” Piche said. “That is really because of the community involvement, and them wanting to help out and support in any way they can.”
Some tickets are still available, but Piche said about 90% of them are already spoken for.
They are also accepting donated silent auction items.
“Fundraising is almost as daunting as riding the bike,” Gallo said. “The Galla is an opportunity to help everyone that is going to be riding to reach their fundraising goal. It is significantly important.”
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