VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – That’s a ride for the 10th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Sarah Roth, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation, says the 2,500 cyclists, 500 volunteers and crew managed to raise more than $10.6 million over the course of the two-day, 200 kilometre journey.
“So many teams exceeded their fundraising targets from prior years, so many new riders. We raised more than $2 million more than last year, and that’s a big deal for an event that’s been going on for 10 years.”
Saturday not only marked a milestone year, but also saw an all-new B.C. route from Cloverdale to Chilliwack.
Roth says she’s more than happy with the amount raised for the anniversary ride.
“It’s fantastic, it’s amazing. More than last year, and more than the year before. So this is a growing event. This is the largest fundraiser in our province, and the largest fundraiser in Canada.”
All of the money stays in B.C., she explains, and funds six B.C. Cancer centres across the province which provide patient care, are responsible for research, and also goes toward equipment.
Roth believes there’s a lot of enthusiasm around the event, and there’s a lot of support within B.C.
“We were able to use all B.C.-based vendors for our food and beverage services, which really feels good because we’re supporting the local community. So it feels great.”
And the rain didn’t put a damper on the ride, either, she says.
According to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, there are more than 80,000 British Columbians living with cancer.
The B.C. Ride has raised more than $96 million in its 10 year history.