Bike-a-thon raises money for kids with special needs

Participants can choose between a 50-kilometre bike ride or a five-kilometre walk/ride

Cyclists of all ages are invited to take part in the Let’s Roll for Kids family bike-a-thon mid-June to benefit the Donald Berman Yaldei Developmental Centre. The eighth edition of the fundraiser will be held in a new location, Angrignon Park in Verdun.

Last year, the bike-a-thon raised $317,000 for Yaldei’s special needs programs. This year, the goal has been set at $350,000. The centre, which currently helps more than 275 kids, offers therapy and school programs for children with special needs like autism, Down syndrome and undiagnosed developmental delays.

The route for the 50-kilometre bike ride will go from Angrignon Park to Nun’s Island and back. There will also be a 5-kilometre walk/ride that will take place within the confines of the park.

After the bike-a-thon, participants can enjoy inflatables and a free outdoor lunch and kosher BBQ.

“It’s a fun way to spend the day and feel like you’re doing something for a really good cause,” says Virginie Champoux, events manager at Yaldei. “All the money raised goes to helping the children.” Last year, there were more than 175 participants and this year organizers are hoping for at least 250.

Registration is $10 and can be done online. Participants will be designated a web page to help them with their fundraising goals. Each rider is encouraged to raise $500 but there is no minimum.

Participants can sign up individually or as a team, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The ride will take place on Sunday, June 16 at 8 a.m. and will finish around noon. The BBQ and activities will start at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit isupportyaldei.org.

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