We have crossed Tour for Kids: Atlantic off our list and only now only one more event remains. For our third annual Atlantic Tour, 73 cyclists came together to fundraise and take in the breathtaking scenery of Annapolis Valley, Halifax on July 28th & 29th. With their efforts, we completely surpassing our fundraising goal of $70k, with over $103k and counting!
All funds raised from this Tour for Kids goes to Brigadoon Village, and their in-city and in-hospital programs, Family Oncology Retreat and Atlantic Teen Oncology Retreat. This organization does not receive government funding and must rely on donations such as yours to carry on their essential programs for families dealing with their child’s cancer diagnosis. As more children survive childhood cancer, social interaction with peers and being able to manage day-to-day activities with limited mobility is a key to the success of their recovery. Brigadoon’s programs are not just fun and games, they’re a way of delivering camp in a way that our hospitals cannot.
The event took place over the weekend, where everyone arrived at Brigadoon Saturday afternoon, greeted with cold and refreshing recovery drinks. Everyone toured the camp, being given insight as to how Brigadoon would like to expand in the coming years – an incredible opportunity to see exactly where the money everyone worked so hard to fundraise, goes!
Dinner was served in the camp dining hall, where Parker Murchison, a 16-year-old cancer survivor gave an incredibly impactful speech. Yes, he spoke of his 3-year journey through cancer treatments as an 8-year-old, but he also emphasized how he has been living an incredible life beyond cancer, thanks to his parents, support system, and Brigadoon. It is because of the people who fundraise for childhood cancer research and programs, that he is able to live the life he leads today!
Nothing says camp like a classic campfire! With the Director of Operations: Jenn Ross, and counsellors Polly and Marcus – everyone shared stories and played campfire games… just like kids! Riders, volunteers and crew stayed in the very same cabins that the campers sleep in during camp (yes… that means bunkbeds!).
Once the rain cleared up on the Sunday, everyone was amazed by the breathtaking scenic views of Annapolis Valley. It was an incredible experience shared by all, ending off the event with a stunning Barbeque at Acadia University.
Thank you so much to our presenting sponsor, Killam Properties Apartment REIT, and to our volunteers: this event would not be possible without you – we cannot thank you enough!
Stay tuned! We’re headed towards our last Tour for Kids of 2018 in Niagara, Ontario, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Save the date Tour for Kids Atlantic: July 27th & 28th 2019