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OPS Cycle Enthusiasts Gear Up for a 275 KM Northern Ride in Support of United Way

United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Friday, 11 September 2020

The first of five Bike for United Way (B4UW) charity rides taking place across the province kicks off this Friday in Little Current with 12 Ontario Public Servants (OPS) committing to a three-day, 275 km ride through Manitoulin Island in support of United Way.

“B4UW is an annual OPS employee charity ride that has raised over $330,000 since 2012. This ride is a great vehicle to raise money for important charitable work and to connect with our communities,” says Bob Jeffery, Co-Lead of the Northern Manitoulin Ride. “Now, more than ever, our community needs our support. Funds raised will help United Way’s network of funded organizations ensure that vital social services are available when people need them most.”

Julian Rickards, Co-Lead adds, “B4UW is an epic ride that challenges cyclists to push their limits physically and mentally, rely on one another for support and encouragement, and to come together for a common cause, helping our communities.”

The three-day Northern Manitoulin Island Ride begins in Little Current with cyclists riding 85 km to Lake Wosley Objewung Tent and Trailer Park via Hwy 540 along the north half of the Island. Day two is a 105 km outback ride to Meldrum Bay and back to Objewung. Day three will see the team returning to Little Current via Hwy 551 on the more southerly route.

“We are grateful to this group of riders and their counterparts across the province for using this platform to raise awareness and resources that will be invested in essential programs that are helping thousands of people in our community now, and in the future. I encourage everyone who can support their efforts to make a donation,” says Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director with United Way Centraide North East Ontario.

For more information about B4UW, or to donate, please visit www.b4uw.org. Donations will be accepted until October 15, 2020.


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