The Heart and Stroke Big Bike will be in Parksville June 4 and Qualicum Beach June 5 and several organizations and businesses have registered to ride the bike and raise funds.
One team in Parksville leading the way with over $2,000 in donations is the Coastal-Coast-A-Nators.
Made up of members of Coastal Community Credit Union the team led by Wendy Penko will pedal through Parksville at 6 p.m. Tuesday as they support heart disease and stroke research.
If they reach their $4,000 goal they’ll hit a five-year total of $20,000 in honour of the Big Bike’s 20th anniversary, said CCCU manager Mark Jones.
Other teams include The Career Centre, Parksville & District Association for Community Living, RCMP, the Town of Qualicum Beach and Hearts in Motion Walking Club.
Last year, more than 40,000 riders, in over 200 communities, helped raise more than $7 million for research.
Teams made up of 29 enthusiastic riders committed to raise a minimum of $50 each for the the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, which is celebrating 50 years of working towards better cardiovascular health through research, health promotion and advocacy.
Everyone is invited to stop by and support the teams leaving from the Parksville Community and Conference Centre from noon to 7 p.m. today and Ravensong Aquatic Centre from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.
For more visit www.bigbike.ca.