Contributed/B.C. and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation
April 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM
KELOWNA - 33 teams consisting of more than 800 riders will take a seat to save a life this May in Kelowna. The Heart&Stroke Big Bike is making its way across the country, rolling into Kelowna next Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
Presented by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Heart&Stroke Big Bike is one of the primary community fundraising events for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This fun-filled event earned its name from the 30-seat bicycle teams of energetic riders who pedal through 200 communities in nine provinces coast to coast – raising awareness and funds in support of heart disease and stroke research along the way.
This year we aim to raise $1.5 million dollars in BC alone, with Kelowna’s goal set at $120,000! Through events like Heart&Stroke Big Bike, we’re transforming how communities think about, prevent, manage and live with heart disease and stroke.
Back by popular demand the team that raises the highest amount in their region will win an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be placed in the community location of their choice. Heart&Stroke is giving away AEDs to the winners, so those who have cardiac arrest a better chance at survival. Cardiac arrest strikes suddenly and affects people of all ages. Without immediate help, someone in cardiac arrest could suffer brain damage within three minutes; after 12 minutes survival is unlikely.?
WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, through Saturday, May 7, 2016
WHERE: The Big Bike will depart from the RCA Arts Common, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
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