Cindy Lister is mounting her bicycle once again this summer to bring awareness to ALS through the province.
Lister, a teacher at Deep Cove Elementary, will cycle from Kamloops to Hope this August on the second annual ALS Cycle of Hope.
“The Cycle of Hope was started last year by myself and my good friend Robin Farrell,” explained Lister.
“Having recently lost my dad to ALS, Robin and I both felt compelled to raise greater awareness and funds for this cause while doing something we both enjoy. So last year, a small group of six cyclists rode our bikes over 700 kilometers from Kamloops to Hope to raise awareness, collect donations and inspire hope for families living with ALS.”
Lister and her team of 12 riders will ride again this year from August 7 to 14 and have added new community rides to their Cycle of Hope schedule.
“We have organized two community rides in Kelowna for cyclists and their families to join the main riding team for a leg of our journey,” said Lister.
“This was a huge undertaking for us, but it will be so worth it when we see the impact on families living with this disease.”
The 2013 team is raising funds in various ways including through an account at the Sidney Bottle Depot and by way of an online auction on GoBid.com.
The auction features a jersey autographed by the San Jose Sharks, including Brentwood Bay’s homegrown player Matt Irwin and tickets to the PINK concert in Vancouver in October.
Through July, ALS Cycle of Hope will be the charity of the month for Schnitzer Steel Scrap drive program at Steel Pacific Recycling Yard (307 David St. in Victoria).
Those dropping off scrap metal can use the team’s account number, ALSC09.
More information on how to support the team or sponsor riders can be found on the team’s website at www.cycleofhope.ca.