The Ride for Hope cruised through Abbotsford Wednesday, stopping at the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Dave Lede Campus of Care at the London Drugs at West Oaks Mall.
Nearly 50 cyclists, including a number of Vancouver Canucks alumni – such as Terry Bingley, Gary Nylund, Jeff Bandura, and Phil Von Steffanelli – started the 200 kilometre adventure, which started in Hope.
Bandura was one of the original riders.
“In the first year, there were 16 of us,” he said, “and now it’s grown to this event. This is about giving back to the community. It’s not about what you’ve got, but what you can give.”
Abbotsford’s Nigel Thompson was one of this year’s riders.
He found out about the event through his bicycle mechanic.
“I love to help people, especially kids and I like to ride my bike,” he said.
Getting to combine all his interests made the Ride for Hope a great fit, Thompson said.
The journey wended through the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, eventually landing at the Shops at Morgan Crossing in the South Surrey.
The ride was developed to raise awareness and funds for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, B.C.’s provincial pediatric palliative care provider for newborns, children and teens living with life-threatening illness and families.