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Riders bringing hope
It was a perfect day for a bike ride earlier this month, making it a little easier to pedal 200 km for White Rock’s Edwin Chang.
The longtime cyclist, 42, was making the trek from Memorial Park in Hope to London Drugs in Morgan Crossing, along with 50 others on July 9, for the annual Ride For Hope, in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospital.
“It was great,” Chang told Peace Arch News the day after the ride. “The sun was shining. It was a fun ride.”
Chang, who is the manager at the London Drugs in Cloverdale, has been involved with the bike ride since its inception eight years ago.
Longtime friend and Canucks alum Jeff Bandura helped organize the first ride.
“Six of us, eight years ago, did the first Ride for Hope, and raised $500,” Chang said. “It’s kept building to where it’s at today.”
The avid cyclist has only missed two rides in the eight years the fundraiser has taken place.
More than $570,000 was raised from the ride, which will benefit Canuck Place – which is currently building a new facility in Abbotsford, where the cyclists made a pit stop.
“We stopped in Abbotsford and it’s nice to see the development from last year. We can see firsthand the funds that we’re raising coming to fruition,” Chang said.