Peterborough Healing Cycle Riders cover 1,200 kilometres…

HOSPICE PETERBOROUGH

MEDIA RELEASE

June 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Peterborough Healing Cycle Riders cover 1,200 kilometres…

2014 Healing Cycle Bike Ride – On Sunday, June 22nd, 14 local cyclists went to Mississauga to participate in the 10th annual Healing Cycle Bike Ride, which is a fund-raising bike ride to support palliative care centres in Ontario. Weather conditions were perfect for the ride, and the roads were surprisingly rural and only had light traffic. The 10th annual healing Cycle Bike Ride began and ended at GlaxoSmithKline’s head office on Mississauga Road. Ten cyclists rode 100 kilometres and 4 cyclists rode 50 kilometres, collectively over $8,100 was raised for Hospice Peterborough.

This was the first year that Hospice Peterborough put together a team of cyclists and Alan Barber, one of the team captains said, “The commitment of each cyclist, whether he or she was there to raise money for Hospice Peterborough or for another hospice, is very touching. As far as Hospice Peterborough goes, the amount the team raised this year is just the beginning of what we hope to raise over a multi-year commitment.”

While it was not a race, three Peterborough riders, Rhys Penalagan, John Hunter and David Newport finished 1st, 3rd and 4th in the 100 kilometre distance. Each of them completed the ride in 3 hours. Two more riders finished in the top 20. Three riders, Alan Barber, Mark Wickham and Rachel Herron each raised $1,000 or more. As Herron, noted, “Being able to tell people that their donation was going toward Hospice Peterborough’s campaign for a new care centre, made raising money much easier. I received donations from people who do not live in Peterborough, but who understand the importance of having a local palliative care centre.”

Anne Leavens, a co-captain and Hospice volunteer, put together a team of four women to ride the 100 kilometre route. They had a great ride, were impressed with the route and are committed to returning next year.

In the years to come, Barber and Leavens, with the support of this year’s riders will work to increase the number of local riders who will participate in the annual Healing Cycle Bike Ride and support the important work Hospice Peterborough does.

The ride has five distance options for people to choose from, 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 kilometres. The teams that raise the most money have riders participating in every distance category. Barber thinks that “There are people participating in the Healing Cycle Bike Ride, who are raising money for their hospice of choice, and this is the only bike ride they’ll do each year. It doesn’t matter where you finish; it just matters that you participate and raise money.”

Anyone interested in participating in 2015, are encouraged to contact Hospice Peterborough.

ABOUT THE CARE CENTRE

The Hospice Peterborough Care Centre will be located at 325 London Street at Reid. The Victorian home on the property drew Hospice to this site and Lett Architects designed a facility that will incorporate this home as part of the new Care Centre. A common reception foyer will connect the home with a newly constructed 10 bed resident care area which will be located on the east side of the property. Hospice care private bedrooms will have windows overlooking trees and gardens and innovative elements are incorporated throughout the design. The Hospice Peterborough Care Centre will become a hub for the delivery of integrated hospice palliative care services in our community, services that will support individuals and families through serious illness and grief, and the health care professionals who provide this important care.

ABOUT HOSPICE PETERBOROUGH

Since 1988, Hospice Peterborough has provided hospice palliative care outreach and support and bereavement services to those living with life-threatening illness and grief in the City and County of Peterborough. More than 23 programs and services, partially funded by the Central East LHIN, are offered to a total population of 135,000 in the communities of Asphodel- Norwood, Cavan Monaghan, Douro Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Selwyn, and Trent Lakes.

Please see attached photo – Back row (l to r): Anne Leavens, Rhys Penalagan, John Hunter, David Newport, Mark Wickham, Front row (l to r): Lynn Kostuch, Ken Yates, Rachel Herron, Lynn Sones, Alan Barber.

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For more information, contact:

Alison Casey Hospice Peterborough

Phone: 705-742-4042

Email: acasey@hospicepeterborough.org