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‘Big Bike’ raises big bucks for charity

The Heart & Stroke Foundation’s “Big Bike” scooted through town last Thursday afternoon, carrying with it a variety of local residents who collectively raised nearly $6,000 for the cause.

Money raised will go towards promoting health initiatives locally, as well as supporting advances in medical procedures such as less-invasive heart surgery.

This year, the team from Community Living Fort Frances and District raised the most money for the organization, with a total of $1,767 collected from pledges.

“We didn’t get as huge a turnout as we had hoped for, but we still got a turnout so it worked out really well,” said CLFFD membership co-ordinator Amy Saunders.

Other participating teams included the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board and EMS, the Walker Wildcats, and Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc.

All participants got to take a 20-minute ride on the unusual 30-seater pedal-powered vehicle, spending their time pedalling and waving at pedestrians and drivers.

The bike is one of four that travels across Canada raising funds and awareness for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Last year’s campaign raised more than $7 million nationally.

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