Hike & Bike for Hospice Georgian Triangle raises more than $176,000

 In Community

The community oiled their bike chains and pulled on their hiking shoes on Sunday, May 29 in support of Hospice Georgian Triangle. After two years, the Hike and Bike was held in person beginning at the Collingwood Curling Club and raised a record- breaking $176,000.

Participants had the option of hiking or biking 6km or biking 20km through the Collingwood trail system and the shores of Georgian Bay. There were more than 350 participants and 110 volunteers.

“This year’s Hike and Bike was an incredible example of the generosity of our community,’’ said Dr. Michael Shape, Hospice Georgian Triangle Board Chair and event committee Chair. “We are very grateful to the many supporters of hospice palliative care.”

The top fundraising team was Margot’s Motavators led by Margot Brandreth. Her team of family and friends had more than 100 members, raised $39,657 and received a prize from Squire John’s. The top individual fundraiser was Ian Hawkins who took home a new bike from Kamikaze.

At the finish line was music and entertainment provided by 95.1 The PeakFM and a kid’s fun zone provided by Built by Barron. All participants received a T-shirt sponsored by Darren Neil and Sons, a race pack and lunch.

The complimentary lunch for participants was generously provided by Blue Ridge Meats, COBS Bread, Boston Pizza, Sanfilippo’s Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables, Sobeys and Tim Hortons.

Special thanks to platinum sponsor Blue Mountain and gold sponsors Comfort Keepers, Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc., Royal LePage Locations North and Walker Aggregate. Silver sponsors include Collingwood Toyota, Collingwood Nissan, Fawcett Funeral Homes, Todd Christensen of RBC Dominion Securities Wealth Management and Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Homes Limited.

Hospice Georgian Triangle serves the towns of Clearview, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, and Wasaga Beach.

Next year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 28.

Hospice Georgian Triangle provides compassionate care in the home and at Campbell House for individuals and families dealing with life-limiting illness living in the communities of Collingwood, Clearview Township, The Town of Blue Mountains, and Wasaga Beach. These programs and services come at no cost to the user.

Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation needs donations from the southern Georgian Bay community to fund more than 50 per cent of hospice palliative care and to provide the level of programming, especially grief and bereavement counselling, child support groups and pain and symptom management programs. For more information visit www. hgtfoundation.com or call 705-444-2555.

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