2016 Tour of Hope: The enthusiasm at its peak before takeoff
From the 22nd to the 24th of July, some fifty cyclists from all over New Brunswick will get on their bicycles and ride for three days, covering a distance of 650 km, to raise funds for the Tree of Hope Campaign.
Profits go to helping the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre purchase specialized equipment and ensure the continued training of their highly specialized team; supporting cancer research; developing the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge and raising awareness about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Last year, the Tour of Hope managed to raise $109 000.
Réjean Després, Vice-President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada for the National Bank, is one of the event’s Co-Chairs this year.
“I am so excited, with a few weeks to go before we take off! We have spent many months training in order to be ready for the event. I would like to sincerely thank our sponsors and all those who have encouraged our participants by donating to the Tree of Hope Campaign,” explains Mr. Després.
By registering for the 2016 Tour of Hope, each participant has committed to raising at least $1,000. The people or businesses who want to lend their support to the cyclists and contribute to the success of the fundraiser can visit www.tourespoir.com for further details.
Dr. Carole Williams, Gynecologist-Oncologist at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, was a participant in the Tour of Hope last year. She’ll be back on her bike for this year’s edition, as Co-Chair of the event.
“We will be facing a huge challenge, both physically and mentally, during those three days. However, it is nothing compared to the challenges that people living with cancer must face every day. We will be thinking about them throughout our great cycling adventure. I would also like to invite the public to show support for this cause by giving generously to the Tree of Hope Campaign.”
This year, the cyclists will leave Edmundston Friday morning, and will bike all day until they reach Campbellton. Saturday, the run will bring the Tour of Hope team to Tracadie-Sheila. After a well-deserved night of rest, the cyclists will carry on their journey Sunday morning towards the finish line in Moncton.