Big Bike wheel­ing into town

Do­ing some­thing good for your heart

The Compass - - OPINION - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

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.”

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