B4UWSeptember 12th is the start of the 2nd annual Bike for United Way, or B4UW, which will be arriving in Perth at the Foodsmiths Parking lot at 106 Wilson Street West for a Noon rest stop. The ride brings together a group of 35 staff from 15 Ontario government ministries who are volunteering their vacation time, expenses, and energy to cycle from one of three cities to support the United Way Fall Campaign and promote healthy living. Three teams will leave from Ottawa, Windsor, and North Bay on a five-day cycle ride to Toronto with all riders meeting at Queen’s Park on September 16.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to be part of B4UW,” says Emily Danaher, Fund Development Officer at the United Way Lanark County“, as the ride takes place just before the start of our own Fall Campaign in Lanark County. It is a great way to show support for the United Way, and we want to invite everyone out to cheer on the Ottawa team as they ride through Lanark County”. Led by Peter Makula, a Kingston-based employee with the Ministry of Transportation, the Ottawa team will be making their way through Perth on September 12 between 12:45 pm and 1:30 pm. “We are so fortunate that Claire Smith and the staff of Foodsmiths are generously providing a healthy lunch for the team of 10 riders, and allowing us to use their parking for the Noon-time rest stop. It is such a great example of the spirit of helping the United Way that is here in Lanark County,” commented Danaher.

This year, the riders hope to raise awareness and $75,000 for United Way’s network of Member Agencies and programs, which ensure that hundreds of thousands of Ontarians have access to vital social services when and where they need it most – in their community. Last year Ontario government employees raised $55,000 during the 1st annual ride, which was from Thunder Bay to Toronto.

“Community members who wish to support the riders have the choice of contributing to our United Way, which will ensure that funds stay within our Community, or to a specific rider in which case the funds will go to United Way Toronto,” notes Fraser Scantlebury, Executive Director of United Way Lanark County. “We hope that people will show support for Peter, his team, and the United Way, as they pass through our community. To make online donations, community members should visit our website at www.lanarkunuitedway.com and look for the B4UW logo. We will also have a donation basket out during the rest stop at Foodsmiths”.

For more information on the B4UW rides, including routes, rider profiles and other options on how to donate, visit www.b4uw.ca. “We hope to have a strong show of support on September 12th for the riders,” says Danaher, “so
plan to drop by on Thursday, grab a healthy lunch from the great folks at Foodsmiths, and cheer on our riders.