A new cycling event this summer will help to set the wheels in motion for the Queensway Carleton Hospital’s newest fundraising campaign.
Melanie Adams, president of the hospital’s foundation, announced on Jan. 29 that it will partner with Share the Road Cycling Coalition and GranFondo Canada to start an annual event called Wheels for Wellness. The inaugural fundraiser will roll out on June 15.
Adams said the ride would cover between 50 and 100 kilometres of terrain in the west end of the city. Rookie riders can participate in the 0-50 challenge, which offers nutritional and training support through the hospital – for men and women who have never participated in a ride before.
Dean Hachey of GranFondo Canada, which offers cycling events in world-renowned locations like Banff National Park, said he was happy to bring cycling events to Ontario.
The ride in Ottawa will be one of the five Prima Fondo rides this year. The first one starts in Ontario’s Muskoka region in May. The Prima Fondo rides will build on the existing framework of Share the Road Cycling Coalition community rides, which are designed to encourage participation in cycling events across the province.
The Coalition – started by CEO Eleanor McMahon after the death of her husband OPP officer Greg Stobbart who was killed on a training ride – will be helping out with the Ottawa ride by offering support and a bicycling safety tips during a family event on June 14 that will complement the ride.
The hospital’s new fundraising campaign launches mid-February with a goal of $40 million over five years to raise money to outfit the recent expansion. Adams said the Wheels for Wellness ride is poised to become an annual fundraiser for the hospital.
Registration for the ride begins on Feb. 6 at www.sharetheroad.ca.