Ride for Hope makes pit stop in Abbotsford

The sixth annual event, which raises funds for Canuck Place Children's Hospice, was en route to Hope.

Vancouver Canuck mascot Fin waits with Abbotsford Police officers for cyclists in the Ride for Hope to leave West Oaks Mall in Abbotsford on Wednesday afternoon.

Vancouver Canuck mascot Fin waits with Abbotsford Police officers for cyclists in the Ride for Hope to leave West Oaks Mall in Abbotsford on Wednesday afternoon.



The Ride for Hope bike ride to raise awareness and funds for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice made a stop in Abbotsford on Wednesday afternoon.

More than 50 cyclists were taking part in the 174-kilometre event, which began in Morgan Creek in South Surrey and ended in Hope. They stopped in Abbotsford for a break outside of London Drugs at West Oaks Mall.

Among the participants were Vancouver Canucks alumni such as Gary Nylund, Dean Malkoc and Dennis Ververgaert.

Also on hand was Vancouver Canucks mascot Fin.

The ride began in 2007, and last year raised more than $137,000. This year’s event was expected to collect about the same amount, which funds the Canuck Place facilities in Vancouver and the one currently under construction in Abbotsford.

The new 10-bed facility is part of the Campus of Care project located on Marshall Road adjacent to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

The hospice offers health care in a home-like setting to children with life-threatening illnesses.

For more information about the Ride for Hope, or to make a donation, visit ride4hope.ca.