About 45 paramedics will begin a four-day bike ride scaling the Southern Interior on Thursday morning, which is meant to honour paramedics who have died on the line of duty.
The second annual Tour Paramedic Ride begins at Gyro Beach in Osoyoos, where the cyclists will be stationed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
They will then stop at “The Peach” in Penticton from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. before reaching the Water Street Marina in downtown Kelowna, where they will be stationed from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
On Friday, the tour will begin at City Park in Kelowna with stops in Lake Country and Vernon. They will stop in Salmon Arm on Saturday and in end in Kamloops on Sunday, where a closing ceremony will take place.
Co-organizer Paul MacLeod said the riders are fundraising to have a monument built in Ottawa which would commemorate paramedics who died on duty.
“This important monument will be a place where family, friends and colleagues can remember their loved ones and honour the dedication and sacrifice of all Canadian paramedics who have lost their lives,” MacLeod said.
Similar rides will take place in five other regions across Canada later this year.
The Paramedic Ride is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to strengthening the paramedic community.”
MacLeod encouraged public support in any capacity, saying apart from donations, people can cheer riders along their route or interact with them at any of their stops.
Details on how to donate and information on the tour’s route can be found here.
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