MS Walk and Bike events around the corner

MS Walk goes May 15 while the MS Bike is set for July 23 and 24

While the MS Walk is just over a week away, it’s not too early to get ready for the MS Bike.

As the Scotiabank MS Walk Victoria laces up for its 10th year event on Sunday, May 15, cyclists across the Island are gearing up for the two-day ride through the Cowichan Valley on July 23 and 24.

Susan Cunningham, branch manager of Scotiabank’s Shelbourne location, has participated in MS Bike ever since her brother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago.

“It hits close to home,” she said. “That was sort of my commitment to him, to ride my bike for two days in order to support him.

“It’s important to create awareness and get the community to support this by participating. That’s why we do it.”

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system and interferes with the brain’s signals to the body. Symptoms of MS include numbness, impairment of speech and muscular co-ordination, blurred vision and severe fatigue.

Canada has the highest rates of MS in the world, with 12,000 people diagnosed in B.C. Women are three times as likely to develop MS as men.

Money raised from both events will go toward MS research and support programs for people living with MS on Vancouver Island. Local programs include the MS Art Therapy Group, Newly Diagnosed Support Group, educational seminars and the equipment loan program.

MS Bike features 60-, 106- and 160-kilometre routes along the Island while the MS Walk has three-, six- and nine-kilometre routes on the Galloping Goose Trail. The bike has a fundraising goal of $400,000 while the walk has a goal of $145,000.

For more information on both events, visit mssociety.convio.net/mswalk and msbike.ca, or contact Sukhi Tomana at sukhi.tomana@mssociety.ca or 250-388-6496 ext. 7322.

 

Just Posted

Saanich councillor questions effectiveness of free transit passes for youth

Coun. Judy Brownoff said efforts should focus on improving service levels

Greater Victoria teacher’s certification suspended for inappropriate conduct with female students

Gregory Garos was employed by the District as a middle school teacher

Saanich pee wee lacross team takes home the gold at Provincials again

The Saanich Tigers clawed their way to first place at the Provincial championship in Delta

Victoria’s historic Point Ellice House re-opens after months of closure

A new exhibit will be on display at the house to explore the ‘Politics of Luxury’

Saanich councillor wants the municipality to support opponents of Quebec’s secularism bill

Councillors will debate notice of motion from Coun. Zac de Vries on Aug. 12

Rents in most Canadian cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners: study

Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. government seeks advice on reviving Interior forest industry

Public website opens as meetings start with community leaders

Film features Chez Monique, an off-the-grid restaurant on West Coast Trail in B.C.

“The story we are trying to share is of the loving haven they created and sustained for decades.”

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Man involved in beating and tasering over a drug debt to be sentenced in Nanaimo

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne pleaded guilty to charges, including aggravated assault

Most Read