Over 100 bikers got their motor running, and got out on the highway for the Ride Around the Lake for Cancer’s Sake fundraiser Saturday.
The event raised money to support of the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation’s Cancer Care Close to Home campaign.
Event Coordinators from the Powassan Bikers Fest, Peter McIsaac, and Tim Ott, along with an army of volunteers organized the four hours, 250 kilometre trip around Lake Nipissing.
“This is our first shot at doing this particular format,” said Ott.
The route took riders from the hospital site, around the lake, ending at Trout Creek for an evening of socializing, and more fundraising opportunities.
Registrants came from across the region and from around the province including Hamilton, Toronto and Niagara region, and from as far away as Manitoba.
“We’re going down some highways which are fabulous, being noted by the Ministry of Tourism just for the scenery and bringing some notoriety to the north. And of course, giving back to the Cancer Care Close to Home campaign with 100% of the proceeds," said Ott.
The campaign is well underway.
“The Foundation is working with our community with the Cancer Care Close to Home campaign, and that is an initiative of the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation,” said foundation president and CEO Tammy Morison.
“We hope to raise over $6 million to support advanced medical equipment for cancer care. We launched our public phase of the campaign in June with $3.7 million raised, so we’re raising funds all of the time. The capital campaign usually takes between one and two years. Our community phase is when we invite all families, social organizations, social clubs, and individuals wanting to come forward to make a difference in that public way. So that’s going to help us raise the balance. We’re really excited about it.”