Hospice volunteers will cycle for life on July25-26

Four local riders will join forces with 46 other Vancouver Island hospice riders to cover nearly 200 km over two days

Oceanside Hospice volunteers are working hard to prepare for the big Cycle of Life Tour July 25-26.

Four local riders will join forces with 46 other Vancouver Island hospice riders to cover nearly 200 km over two days from Victoria to Salt Spring Island and back.

“As longstanding volunteers, these riders want to raise awareness that Oceanside Hospice services are funded exclusively by donation, fundraising events, and grants, and are provided at no cost to the patients, their families and caregivers, as well as those grieving a loss,” said Oceanside Hospice Society Executive Director Lynn Wood.

The team will include avid cyclists and hospice volunteers Jim Dimmick and Dick Carnegie, along with Christina White. Stan Brown also hopes to take part but is waiting for word from his doctor after recovering from a fall.

White is riding in honour of her stepmother who recently died with the support of hospice.

“I want to thank Oceanside Hospice for all they did and continue to do in support of people like my dad and Carol,” she said. “The best way I can think of to thank them is to do the Cycle of Life tour with all of my donations going to them.”

“We just got a huge donation from Coast Realty Group,” she said, adding $5,000 and suddenly making their $15,000 goal within striking distance, Wood said.

“Our team attended the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market with a display recently and will be back July 4,” said Wood, adding they will also be back there July 4.

For more information and to sponsor a rider visit http://oceansidehospice.com/ and click on the Cycle of Life tab on the right.

For more on hospice, to get involved or donate, e-mail lynn@oceansidehospice.com or call 250-752-6227.