Members of the Cowichan Life Cyclers Mary Hof, Dana Lyngaard and David Pope are ready to take to their bikes to raise money for Cowichan Hospice during the Cycle of Life Tour. (Submitted)

Members of the Cowichan Life Cyclers Mary Hof, Dana Lyngaard and David Pope are ready to take to their bikes to raise money for Cowichan Hospice during the Cycle of Life Tour. (Submitted)

Cowichan Life Cyclers ready to ride for Hospice

There is no limit to the team size, so anyone can join Cowichan Life Cycler’s virtual team

Cowichan Life Cyclers are putting foot to pedal on July 24 for Cowichan Hospice.

The team will join cyclists across Vancouver Island cycling for hospice care through the 8th Annual Cycle of Life Tour.

“Every dollar raised makes a difference for local patients and families in need of compassionate end-of-life care,” says a press release for the event.

Due to COVID-19, this will once again be a virtual event with cyclists simultaneously riding in at least 10 communities around the Island to make a difference for those in need of hospice care.

There is no limit to the team size, so anyone can join Cowichan Life Cycler’s virtual team. In light of these challenging times, there is no minimum fundraising requirement. As of June 16, 2021, the team has raised more than $27,000.

“The community work of the Hospice Society has continued and become even more important during these COVID times,” says David Pope, Cowichan Life Cyclers team member and long-time supporter of Cowichan Hospice. “Despite the restrictions isolating us all, the staff and volunteers have used technology and resourcefulness to secure safe meeting places to carry on providing palliative and bereavement care and support.”

Fellow rider and Cowichan fundraiser Mary Hof will ride in honour of her late father who believed in the importance of hospice care.

“This is my third year that I will be riding for our Cowichan Hospice. I will always remember when my dad’s care changed to end of life care in 2019, there was no hospice and his last wishes were not to die in hospital. I remember he was so happy and proud that I was riding for Hospice and I want to honour that memory,” Hof said.

The Cowichan Life Cyclers will have a COVID-safe gathering at Enrico Winery in Mill Bay following their ride. To join the team or make a donation, visit Cycleoflifetour.ca.

Cowichan Hospice is a registered charity that has been providing compassionate support to the Cowichan community for 40 years, thanks to the generous support of the community.

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