The lives of those living with Alzheimers have gotten a little more enjoyable thanks to the Alzheimer Society Sudbury – Manitoulin North Bay & Districts’ Cycling Without Age program and a $9,000 donation from the Rotaract Club of North Bay - Nipissing.
In February, the Rotaract Club of North Bay – Nipissing held their fourth annual Poutine, Pints and Plaid event. The event is a great break from Northern Ontario winters, with games, drinks and, of course, poutine. This year, the Club set a record by selling over 260 tickets and, thanks to sponsors such as Rebuilt Resources, Miller Technology and The Davedi Club, the Club is able to donate $9,000 to the Alzheimer Society Sudbury – Manitoulin North Bay & Districts.
“The Poutine, Pints and Plaid event is a wonderful opportunity for a fun night out for a good cause. It is great to see everyone playing games, mingling and dancing. Thanks in large part to the staff at The Grande and the DJ from Sellebration Productions, the event was a great time. It was particularly fun to see the room beautifully decorated thanks to P2 Weddings, and to see everyone out in their best plaid attire,” said Brittany Chaput, Poutine Pints and Plaid Event Coordinator.
The proceeds raised from the event help support the Alzheimer Society Sudbury – Manitoulin North Bay & Districts’ Cycling Without Age program. The program allows individuals with Alzheimers to experience the wind in their hair and the sun on their skin as volunteers take participants for a bike ride, something they couldn’t do without the Trishaw Bike. The Trishaw Bike has a bench in the front for participants, a pilot seat for bikers in the back and has electric assist. There is no cost to the participants.
“We currently have one Trishaw Bike for our Cycling Without Age program, and will be starting fundraising efforts to purchase a couple more,” said North Bay Supervisor Linda Brown. “Each bike costs $11,000, but we also need to purchase storage and pay for maintenance on the bikes, which these funds will help offset.”
All funds donated to the Alzheimer Society Sudbury – Manitoulin North Bay & Districts’ North Bay office stay local. To make a donation visit http://alzheimer.ca/en/