Riders from Fisheries and Oceans Canada head out of Campbell River Common mall during a past Big Bike event. Sign up for this year’s ride which takes place on June 9.

Riders wanted for Big Bike

It takes a big heart to ride a big bike, and this month dozens of residents from Campbell River showed they have just that as they raise funds for leading heart and stroke research, by participating in the Heart and Stroke Big Bike Campaign.

It takes a big heart to ride a big bike, and this month dozens of residents from Campbell River showed they have just that as they raise funds for leading heart and stroke research, by participating in the Heart and Stroke Big Bike Campaign.

Last year, more than 40,000 riders, in more than 200 communities, helped to raise more than $7 million for research. This year’s goal is to raise $1.6 million in B.C.

The Big Bike seats are filling up quickly on the bicycle built for 30.

“Last year, Campbell River residents raised $18,000.

This year we are hoping to increase that goal to $20,000,” says Stephanie Crabtree, special events co-ordinator for the foundation.

Money raised will help support community programs such as the Sip Smart Program, Vancouver Island’s Stroke Rapid Assessment Research, and help certify local teachers as HeartSmart Instructors.

Campbell River’s Big Bike Events will take place on June 9.

Join in by registering a team or support the fundraising goals of existing community teams by making a donation at www.bigbike.ca