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Heart and Stroke Foundation seeks Big Bike teams to ride 29-person bike in support of life-saving research

The Vancouver Island office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation is recruiting teams to participate in Campbell River’s annual Big Bike event, presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, which is taking place at the Campbell River Tyee Plaza on June 5.

Local organizations are invited to help Take a Seat to Extend a Life by getting a team of 29 together to ride a two kilometre route in their community on Canada’s only 30 seat bike.

“This fun, team-building event is a great opportunity to increase employee morale and your organization’s visibility in the community and all for a good cause,” says Jami Christie, Special Events Coordinator of the Vancouver Island area office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Every seven minutes a Canadian dies from heart disease or stroke, and here in BC, someone dies from heart disease or stroke every hour.

“Events like Big Bike allow the Foundation to continue funding world-class heart disease and stroke research, advocacy, and health promotion that is improving the lives of all Canadians,” says Jami. “We’re helping give Canadians longer, fuller, healthier lives.”

Last year, Campbell River’s Big Bike raised over $17,000. Since its community debut in 2001, Campbell River’s Big Bike events have raised $138,500. These funds have helped support life-saving research here in BC, by researchers like Dr. Karin Humphries. Dr. Humphries is investigating gender-based differences in cardiovascular disease, to build understanding and ultimately help improve the outcomes that women with heart disease face.

Register today to put your organization in the spotlight and to help continue the tradition.  Please call Jami Christie of the Vancouver Island area office at 250-754-5274 and visit bigbike.ca.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca), a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.

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