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Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Big Bike for Stroke - 5/17/05


Contact: Julie Sangster, Special Events Coordinator, (905) 771-5508

WHO? "Big Bike for Stroke" Captain & Councillor Arnie Warner, Members of Council, along with Town of Richmond Hill staff

WHAT? Will be riding the 30-seat Big Bike to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

WHERE? At Hillcrest Mall (9350 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill) in the east parking lot

WHEN? On Wednesday, May 18, 2005, beginning at 12 noon (rain or shine)

WHY? As the event launch of the eleventh Big Bike for Stroke season, Town staff will be peddling laps around the parking lot of Hillcrest Mall on a custom built 30-seat bicycle. The team is raising money for heart disease and stroke research, educational programming and resources for the York Region South branch of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Each person is required to raise a minimum of $50 each to get a seat on the bike. This is the fifth year the Town has taken part in the Big Bike for Stroke, with Town employees raising over $9,000 to date.

This year, the Town team will be also showing their support for the Character Community initiative by wearing Character Community t-shirts. A Character Community celebrates positive personal characteristics and behaviors, encouraging positive attributes among all community members, fosters strong families, safe streets, productive businesses, effective education, positive role models, and the overall health of the community. The Town of Richmond Hill has been a member of the York Region Character Community Council since May 2002, and celebrates this month's character attribute, "Responsibility."

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