The Avonlea MS Bike has ‘been and went’, and thanks to you, and sponsors like you, some $121,312 was raised by the 121 cyclists taking part. Avonlea (named after the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables, is a small community (pop. 381), south-west of Regina, but was a-bustling on Saturday 18th of August when the 29th South Saskatchewan MS Bike Tour was held. Organized by the Regina-based branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, cyclists had a choice of distances between 31 and 100 km, the younger and fitter attempted the latter, but being no ‘spring chicken’ I settled for 65 km and was happy with that. The route chosen was almost all flat and featured long, straight rural roads. The forest fire smoke from B.C. eased a little for the day with a light wind and temperatures reaching 25 degrees C.
In all I raised just over $1,200, and the team I am part of (Team Rider Pride, named after guess who), placed third out of the sixteen teams taking part with over $10,600 raised. One rural lady resident actually stopped one of our team riding solo on a quiet road to make a generous donation, a very nice gesture.
Another spontaneous donation was handed to me the day after the event by the owner of the motel where we were staying (his wife has MS), because he was so impressed by the charity ride happening in his village. My grand total so far raised in my thirteen years of participation in MS Bike events is around $26,500. I hope to reach my target of $30,000 by mid-September of 2020.
So, many thanks to all who supported me at Avonlea, and here’s to my next ride, the 50 km MS Bike at Waskesiu in September. Some 400 cyclists are expected to take part.
If you would like to support my efforts with a donation to the MS Society of Canada, I will be happy to talk to you after the 10:30 a.m. service for the next few Sundays.