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Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath 2008One of the most frequent questions asked of me on my bike trip last summer was whether or not I was raising money for a charity. If you have already asked me this question, then you know that I did the trip was entirely for myself; I wanted to see Canada. Other than the Tour du Canada participants, people who bike across Canada like me, without raising money for charity, are possibly in the minority. I encountered several cyclists raising money en route and many more while doing my preliminary research and preparation. I don’t mean to say that is a bad thing though; Collecting for charity is a worthwhile reason to bike across the country, but I didn’t need or want an extra reason. But now my next trip, albeit a short trip, is going to be for charity.

Just down the street from my apartment is the BC Lung Association and for the last two weeks I have been walking by their large billboard advertising the Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath. It is a two-day, 200km bike trip through the South Fraser Valley to raise money for the BC Lung Association. Walking past this billboard daily got me thinking that it would be something that I could help raise money for and enjoy doing at the same time. So I signed up to participate. This annual event raised $369,000 last year and $4,470,000 towards lung health research over the last 24 years and I’m now going to do my part to increase that number.

To participate, I must raise a minimum of $425 in donations but have set it as my personal goal to raise at least $1000. Both myself and the BC Lung Association will appreciate any donation you can make. And remember, your donation will be tax-deductible next year. To donate, I can accept most forms of payment if you contact me directly, or you can donate and check progress towards my goal conveniently online.

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