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Community Support Pushes Cycle of Life Tour
Over $240,000 Raised for Vancouver Island Hospices


VICTORIA – July 18, 2019 – This weekend, over 100 cyclists will ride through southern Vancouver Island, raising funds for hospice care across the island. Each cyclist has a story for why they ride, including Beth Harris, Human Resources at Country Grocer.

Harris’ mother was a palliative care nurse. Her aunt received Hospice care before dying of cancer. “We always called her ‘Betty Boop’ growing up,” says Harris. This weekend, she will ride with Betty Boop fabric on her bike, “it’s on every bike I ride…she’s always with me.”

The 7th Annual Cycle of Life Tour, presented by Think Communications, takes riders across the Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley, and Salt Spring Island July 20th and 21st. In 2019, community support has pushed fundraising to an all-time high, surpassing $240,000.

Wednesday afternoon, long-time sponsors Country Grocer presented a donation of $17,756 to this year’s Cycle of Life Tour. The ‘Country Grocer Spinners’ are one of many teams riding in the tour. “Making new friends and having a commonality and passion for where the money’s going” is one of the highlights of the tour, says Harris.

Big Wheel Burger, Hansbraun Investments, and 100.3 The Q and The Zone @ 91.3 raised a combined $10,600 from their “Big Wheels for Hospice” campaign in June. Presenting sponsor Think Communications has been involved since 2013, raising over $100,000 for the tour.

“When you see how Hospice has impacted and touched so many people, it’s really something special,” says President of Think Communications, David Saele. This is Think Communications’ fourth year as presenting sponsor.

Funds raised from the Cycle of Life Tour support eight hospices on Vancouver Island:

  • Campbell River Hospice Society
  • Comox Valley Hospice Society
  • Cowichan Valley Hospice Society
  • Nanaimo Community Hospice Society
  • Oceanside Hospice Society
  • Pacific Rim Hospice Society
  • Salt Spring Island Hospice Society
  • Victoria Hospice Society

Since 2011, the Cycle of Life Tour has raised over $900,000 for end-of-life care in communities across Vancouver Island. To learn more, please visit: -30 -

Media Contact: 
Jen Cooper 
Manager, Communications & Marketing 
Victoria Hospice 
Tel: 250-519-1729
Email: [email protected] 

Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has been around since 1980. Donations fund almost half of our annual operating costs and are critical for the ongoing operation of programs and services for patients and families and for education and research. provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Donations enable us to:

  • Provide the best care and support for patients nearing end-of-life, whether at home, in the community or at our Inpatient unit.
  • Extend our care to patients’ families and loved ones through our bereavement support and grief counselling programs.
  • Engage in education, training and research to develop evidence-based clinical practices and advance the field of palliative care across Canada and around the world.

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