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Cyclists raise money for children's hospice

Jeff Bandura (third from left) gets ready to launch off and lead the second half of the ride Wednesday at London Drugs parking lot during the eighth annual Ride for Hope. - Greg Laychak
Jeff Bandura (third from left) gets ready to launch off and lead the second half of the ride Wednesday at London Drugs parking lot during the eighth annual Ride for Hope.
— image credit: Greg Laychak

Over two dozen police-escorted bikers pulled into Cottonwood mall's parking lot Wednesday to rest up before continuing off to Surrey.

The group was part of the eighth annual Ride for Hope, a 200-kilometre charity bike ride to raise awareness for the Canuck Place Children's Hospice.

"Everybody seems to be in good spirits," said Jeff Bandura, organizer of the event.

Bandura, manager and director of Team Bayview Towing, said the ride has grown from 16 riders in the first year to almost 60 in last year's event, with regular participants from Vancouver Canuck alumni.

"It's good to give back to the community," said former Canuck Terry Bingley about this return for his seventh consecutive ride. He's a regular bike commuter who shuns busy city traffic.

And for Vancouver-born Ottawa Senator alumni Phil Von Stefenelli, the ride is "one of the highlights of the year."

The excursion has raised over $575,000 in the seven previous years it was held.

"It's not about what you've got, it's what you can give," said Bandura, who fills his team's biking season with similar events.

Participants set out from Hope Wednesday morning and were scheduled to arrive in South Surrey late in the afternoon.

For more information about the ride, visit the Ride for Hope website. To make a donation, go to the Canuck Place Children's Hospice donation page.

 

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