VIMY, France, June 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The journey experienced by 150 Canadians ended where it first began, on Canadian soil. After 7 days, and more than 600km of cycling, the wearied, weathered but jubilant riders arrived at the Canadian National Vimy Ridge. They return to Canada following an emotional journey through battlefields and cemeteries of WWI.
The annual Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride (BBR17) is comprised of serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces members, First Responders and civilians from across the country. Through rider fundraising and sponsorship, taken together, the event raised more than $750,000, which will directly fund the organizations national mental health programs benefiting ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families living with Operational Stress Injuries such as PTSD.
"Our Battlefield Bike Ride represents the single largest fundraiser for our organization each year. As the event continues to grow, attracting Canadians from coast-to-coast, it reinforces how much our country deeply appreciates the service and sacrifice of those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today, while raising funds and awareness to support our ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families."
Scott Maxwell, Executive Director, Wounded Warriors Canada.
To view the day-by-day tracker featuring photos and video, please visit our BBR17 Tracker page: bbr17.ca/ride-tracker.
FOR MEDIA AND EDITORS:
- Veterans And First-Responder available for post-ride interviews
- Up-to-date Broll and photography available upon request
At 10:00am EST on June 30th, from the Peacekeeping Memorial in Ottawa, Wounded Warriors Canada will open registration and announce plans for their 2018 Battlefield Bike Ride (BBR18).
SOURCE Wounded Warriors Canada
For further information: Matthew Wocks, Director of Communications, C:647-572-4627, firstname.lastname@example.org