During August two Bonnyville women have been riding their bikes to fight kids’ cancer.
The Great Cycle Challenge concept is simple. You set yourself a personal ride target to pedal in August and log your kilometres throughout the month to achieve your goal, tracking your progress online through your personal challenge page while raising money.
That’s exactly what Bonnyville residents Linne Bowler and Christine Mailloux St Laurent are doing.
“It’s called The Great cycle challenge and that’s across Canada and people are riding their bikes, all through the month of August, to raise money and awareness for kids with cancer,” Mailloux St Laurent told Lakeland Connect. “So far I’ve ridden 79 kilometres (km) short of 300 km and I raised over $1,000. And my goal is to raise $2500.”
Mailloux St Laurent says she has known a couple of kids who have had cancer and believes the cause is worth the ride.
“Thankfully they’re still with us, but it’s something that affects everybody, indirectly, as well as directly and because I love biking I thought well what the heck, I’ll just do both,” Mailloux St Laurent said.
Bowler has only 100 km left to ride in her 300 km goal.
“I’m just a little bit short,” Bowler told Lakeland Connect. “My fundraising is still going on and I’m just under $1000. So, I’m still plugging along.
Bowler says the Great Cycle Challenge is an individual opportunity to give back to kids with cancer.
“kids with cancer affect families,” Bowler said. “It affects friends and hospital staff. I’m a registered nurse myself so I’ve dealt with kids with cancer. It’s huge in my life.”
For now, the two women are riding towards their goal one kilometre at a time and could use your support Lakeland to smash their fundraising goals.
Thanks for your kind hearts ladies.