VIDEO* Big Bike rolls into Haliburton – $8,500 raised

Haliburton pedals hard for heart and Stroke

TESTIMONIAL FROM BIG BIKE WEB – The saying “It Takes a Big Heart to Ride a Big Bike” is how I would describe a very special friend and co-worker who asked me if I would participate along with 28 others to ride in this years Big Bike for Heart and Stroke. 

I don’t think there is anyone who has not been touched in some way, whether it be a family member, friend or coworker by the devasting effects from having suffered either a heart attack or stroke.

As this is my very first time taking part in the Big Bike, I am dedicating this years ride to a very special co-worker who lost a dear sister two years ago, due to stroke. 

I am sooo excited to be a part of this very special event. I’m looking forward to seeing how much our Team “Guys and Gals” will raise collectively, the laughs along the way, but more importantly . . . the chance to change the lives of not only heart & stroke patients – but all Canadians. – Barb Foster / testimonial

By Terrance Gavan – Shr!ke Editor – May 11-2012

It takes a big heart to pedal a big bike. But it helps when all that work is sustained and supported by a lotta’ “big-hearted” folks from Haliburton Highlands.

Thanks to several lively groups of supporters and survivors, The Haliburton Highlands added approximately $8,500 into the coffers of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Big Bike ain’t necessarily light and the pedal power required is, well, humongous. But for every ride last Friday -held near the town docks – the 29 seats of the Heart and Stroke Big Bike were filled with laughing pledgers.

Too many groups to name here got on board the bike and the yearly promotion. Ride organizer Keri Semenko said this is the bike’s first appearance in Haliburon County and she was gobsmacked by the level of support and participation.

“This is our first time here, and we’ve been busy all day,’ said Semenko. In a follow-up email Semenko said the inaugural ride pulled in about $8,500. Those umbers are just preliminary estimates.

Enjoy the slideshow and we hope to have a few video clips up shortly.

Congratulations to all the participants who kept that bike rolling up Highlands and down Pine Street from 10 am to 5:30 pm on Friday.

Related content from Big Bike.

The Heart&Stroke Big Bike is a team event geared towards community organizations, companies and groups. Teams made up of 29 enthusiastic riders (and one driver provided by the Foundation) pedal through their community in support of heart disease and stroke research.