Over 750 riders hit the streets for the 6th annual Tour de Guelph and support from those on bikes, more than 100 volunteers and several sponsor partners contributed to the most successful event yet where $125,000 was raised, a significant chunk of which will go towards purchasing a sophisticated centralized cardiac monitoring system.
“We’re so proud of this event and what our volunteer committee has been able to accomplish for our community over the past six year,” Tour co-chair Norm Litchfield said in a press release, adding that the event “has enable our club to support many local and essential programs in our community”.
While the Tour de Guelph has raised some $450,000 over six years and much of it has gone to funding hospital equipment such as an ultrasound machine, a portion is distributed to dozens of community organizations and programs through the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium.
“Tour de Guelph’s impact is wide,” Brian Cowan, co-chair added, saying that “this year, many local groups aimed at youth development, family support and community building will continue to be supported through Rotary’s participation in this incredible community event.”
“We’re grateful for our partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium,” said the chief executive of Guelph General Hospital’s charitable foundation, Suzanne Bone.
“The countless volunteer hours by Rotarians, as well as Foundation and Hospital volunteers, makes fundraising events like Tour de Guelph possible for us.”
Tour de Guelph is not done. The event will return next year for a 7th annual event on the fourth Sunday of June.