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Gazette file photo

Gazette file photo

Stratford Family Health Team – The Fit FHT – were enthusiastic participants in last year's ride.

Heart and Stroke Foundation looking for Big Bike riders

The Stratford office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation is recruiting teams to participate in Stratford’s annual Big Bike event, presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, which is taking place at the Molly Blooms on May 5-8.

Local organizations are invited to participate by getting a team of 29 together to ride a two kilometre route in their community on Canada’s only 30 seat bike.

“This fun, team-building event is a great opportunity to increase employee morale and your organization’s visibility in the community and all for a good cause,” says Katherine Prospero, area coordinator of the Stratford office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Every seven minutes a Canadian dies from heart disease or stroke, hospitalizing more than 2,000 people in Perth County each year.

“Events like Big Bike allow the foundation to continue funding world-class heart disease and stroke research, advocacy, and health promotion that is improving the lives of all Canadians,” says Prospero.

“We’re helping give Canadians longer, fuller, healthier lives.”

Last year Stratford’s Big Bike raised over $56,000 towards life-saving research including local research projects.

To register, call 519-273-5212.

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