Millrise Place’s Big Bike Challenge Raises over $7.5K for Alberta Heart & Stroke

Proceeds raised go directly to fund research, health promotion and health education about heart disease and stroke.

Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 Millrise Place’s Big Bike Challenge Raises over $7.5K for Alberta Heart & Stroke

Proceeds raised go directly to fund research, health promotion and health education about heart disease and stroke.

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Millrise Place employees take Big Bike Challenge to raise $7.2 for Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut. 

“Our employees really embrace the Big Bike Challenge,” says Marketing Manager Colleen Baxter.  “It’s truly a fun, fundraising event. Our staff exhibited a great deal of team spirit. We had everything from a team mascot, cheers, noise makers, music, and handmade banners. Every time we ride the 30 seat Big Bike in Fish Creek Park, we turn heads.”

 

“While the $7,500 we raised this summer is a little smaller than in past years, one has to keep in mind that Calgary has been hit hard with fund raising requests for flood related projects. Under the circumstances, I think we have done an exceptional job.”

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“Superman” (centre) dropped in to provide his support and energy to the Big Bike ride.

 Prior to setting out on their two kilometre Big Bike Challenge, Millrise Place employees warmed up with a spirited and energetic exercise routine.  Following the ride, we all celebrated with ice cream treats.

A vital fundraiser with impressive results, the Big Bike Challenge continues to engage Canadians across the country. Last year, over 40,000 riders, in 200+ communities, helped raise more than $7 million for research for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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 Millrise Place employees “warm-up” prior to Heart & Stroke Big Bike Challenge.

Carole Kelly, a registered nurse and Millrise Place’s Executive Director of Care added that in addition to being a great vehicle for having fun and building teamwork, the Big Bike Challenge also reinforces some important messaging to both Millrise employees and the general public. 

“It is estimated that if all Canadians engaged in 60 minutes of physical activity per day, 33% of all deaths related to coronary heart disease, 25% of deaths related to stroke, 20% of deaths related to type 2 diabetes, and 20% of deaths related to hypertension could be avoided.”

 

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Participants enjoy ice cream treats following the Big Bike Challenge.

About Millrise Place – “We Take Care To Heart”

Located in SW Calgary, Millrise Place is among the most progressive Seniors’ Assisted Living residences in Calgary.  At Millrise Place, we take great pride in providing an independent quality of life for our residents that translates into peace of mind for their families and loved ones. We truly practice what we preach. We take care to heart by providing exemplary housing, personal care, safety, security and companionship for our residents. Millrise Place can accommodate up to 140 residents.  It also offers Safe Living accommodation for up to 24 dementia/Alzheimer’s residents. www.millriseplace.ca