VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC Cancer Foundation says it had to make a heartbreaking decision by postponing the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer until next August due to COVID-19 health restrictions.
As one of the province’s largest charitable events, this year’s ride was expected to raise about $8-million and the foundation says this postponement will leave a significant gap.
“Postponing… is a heartbreaking decision. Riders pour their hearts into training and fundraising in honour of loved ones and this community is a driving force behind many of the biggest breakthroughs in cancer… in BC,” says Pres./CEO of @bccancerfdn. Details on @NEWS1130.
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) April 21, 2020
“Each rider raises a minimum of $2,500 each year and due to the significant economic hardship faced by many in the province, the postponement provides more time for Riders to successfully raise funds and Ride together in 2021,” the release reads.
Usually, about 2,500 cyclists participate in the two-day event, which begins in the Fraser Valley and ends in Hope.
The Cancer Foundation says it will be working on a plan to create a “Ride weekend” this year in line with health protocols to “honour loved ones, celebrate, raise awareness and life-saving funds.”
If you are able to donate to the BC Cancer Foundation, you can make a contribution to their site.
“We are encouraging people to the best of their ability, understanding this is a difficult time economically to continue to fundraise,” Sarah Roth is the President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation says.
Fundraising will support about 80,000 people depending on BC Cancer for treatments this year.