July 22nd & 23rd
Riders Across Vancouver Island Support End-of-Life-Care
Oak Bay Bikes is honoured to be supporting the 5th annual Cycle of Life Tour on July 22nd and 23rd again. The tour will take 80 riders across the Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring Island – in support of eight hospices on Vancouver Island.
Many Cycle of Life Tour riders return year after year for the nearly 200km to raise funds and awareness for quality palliative care across Vancouver Island.
This year, amongst those new to the ride, is cyclist Stephen Mohan. Stephen sought grief counselling from the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society following the death of his 15-year-old son. “Grief can be quite the emotional rollercoaster,’ he says. “Last year I fell apart in a bad way. I was directed to the hospice and have benefitted so much from their support.”
Stephen’s mother also received end-of-life care at Oceanside Hospice in Qualicum Beach last winter. “Hospices are safe havens, staffed by folks who care and want to help,” he says. Hospice services across the island rely heavily on community donations. Events like the Cycle of Life Tour enable them to continue providing care and comfort for dying patients and their families.
Stephen wanted to give back and show his appreciation for the care both he and his mother received, so he signed up for the tour. “I’ve found cycling and exercise to be positive outlets for confronting my symptoms of grief. I ride my bike.. a lot. With bicycles being involved so much in my journey to wellness, it seemed like a natural fit to be a part of the 2017 Cycle of Life Tour.”
Since 2011, the Cycle of Life Tour has raised over $360,000 for end-of-life care. To learn more about riders like Stephen and the hospices supported by this event, please visit: www.cycleoflifetour.ca.