Arriving by bike, car and truck, cyclists headed to their first briefing by Wanda, Cycle Tour Working Group chair. Jocelyn laughed when she recalled how the idea of a cycling fundraiser first occurred to her in 2007, when she was cycling with Carol Judd, founder of Victoria Grandmothers for Africa. Having planted the seed, Jocelyn promptly left town for three months, leaving Carol and Yvonne to do all the organizing. She arrived home just in time to do the ride. Since that first ride in 2007, the Cycle Tour has raised over $1 million -- pretty good organizing!
Cycle Tour Team 2022
Wearing their trademark kangas (African-fabric scarves) , the team headed off to the Send-off Dinner, prepared by Campbell River Grandmothers. A long row of tables offered an amazing choice of tasty dishes for main course followed by tempting desserts. Thank you -- you pulled it off again, Campbell River!
Two important visitors joined the team here -- Meg French, Executive Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (in white) and Ruth-Ann Seburn, Grandmothers Campaign Officer (in stripes). They brought greetings from the Foundation, and complimented grandmothers for not allowing COVID to stop our crucial fundraising work, and for getting back to the full ride so quickly. They will follow the team down the Island, meeting all the other grandmother groups on the way.
Tomorrow: 100 km to Qualicum Beach
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