SIX NATIONS – A group of ProFit members hailing from Caledonia, Six Nations and Hagersville have come together to take part in a 200km bike ride to conquer cancer. The ride takes place June 14th and 15th and will see thousands of people complete a journey from Toronto to Niagara Falls in order to bring awareness and funding to the fight against cancer.
The idea of getting a team of ProFit members involved came from Six Nations resident Ellie Joseph. A woman in her 60s, Joseph completed the 200km ride solo last year. Her goal for this year was to organize a team to participate, and so far that’s been a success, as the group now numbers 16 participants from the local area.
Team participant Tara Leitch explains why she is taking part. “I got involved because I am a cancer survivor. My mom also had cancer and she passed away from it a couple of years ago. All of the team members have been touched by cancer in one way or another, and so it’s really an emotional undertaking for all of us.”
The first day of biking is the hardest, as participants are going uphill over the Niagara escarpment. They camp overnight at Mohawk College. On the second day, the going is a bit easier as they head towards Niagara Falls. But biking 200kms over two days is no small feat, and so the ProFit team is training together as a team as well as working to raise funds for the ride.
The group is hosting a spaghetti dinner at the Six Nations Community Hall at 5pm on March 28th. Hypnotist and comedian Hank Stone will be putting on a show after dinner, and a raffle will be held as well. Tickets are $35 each and include the price of food and the comedy show. All proceeds will go towards the Princess Margaret Hospital.
You can find out more and help to sponsor the team through their Facebook page at http://trti.me/aeUUu or make donations for individual team members at http://trti.me/TeM4S.