Big Bike wheeling into town
Doing something good for your heart
The Heart and Stroke Big Bike will be wheeling into Harbour Grace on Sept. 19. Before day’s end, it will also visit Bay Roberts and Clarke’s Beach.
The 30-seat bike is designed to be both a fun and fund-raising even for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Teams of 29 riders, accompanied by a driver provided by the foundation, pedal through communities, in 15-20 minute segments, in support of hear t d i s e a s e a n d stroke research. The unique vehicle is an eye catcher wherever it goes.
This year’s event started in Placentia on Sept. 8 and will end in Port aux Basques on Oct. 4. Between those dates, the Big Bike will visit more than 25 communities on the island.
At 8: 30 a. m. on Sept. 19, the vehicle will arrive on the parking lot at Powell’s Supermarket in Harbour Grace. At 10 a.m., it will visit Atlantic Grocery Distributors, Bay Roberts. At noon, it will leave from Callingwood Downs Seniors Complex, Clarke’s Beach.
“Physical activity is a lifesaver,” said George Tilley, foundation CEO. “It cuts the risk of heart disease almost in half. It is so important for people to realize that getting active can make a big difference in your health and you can have a lot of fun at the same time.”
In all three venues, families, friends and co-workers will join the foundation in raising funds and awareness of heart disease and stroke.
“ The point of the Big Bike is that it’s an awareness issue,” said Karen Whittle, coordinator of community and donor programs. It’s just trying to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in the province and certainly across the country. We’re out trying to get people to get active and do something good for their heart.”