The Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike event peddled through downtown again this year raising money for research, equipment and patient support. On May 15th five teams boarded the 29 seat ultra bike for a stroll down Howey Street between the Government Docks and West End groceries. Teams participating included one from the Municipality of Red Lake, Red Lake District High School, Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines, Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre and OPP. Organizers note the one-day event brought in close to $9,000 which is down from last year’s fundraising record of $11,290 however those in attendance labeled the day of riding a success.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation says funds raised from this and other community events go towards new advances in medical procedures, equipment, medications, and ongoing advances and support that change the lives of heart disease and stroke patients. The Foundation reports every seven minutes a Canadian dies from heart disease or Stroke. It remains the leading cause of death in Canada. Events like this are crucial in allowing the foundation to continue world class heart disease and stroke research, advocacy, and health promotion that is improving the lives of all Canadians.
Pictured here: Staff of the Municipality of Red Lake takes the first ride on the Big Bike by Red Lake Madsen Public School on May 15, 2012. Photo by J. Thurbide.