Steven Fruitman, a Langley lawyer, joined more than 200 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia for the BCLung Association’s 28th Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath (Trek).
This was Fruitman’s [sixth] time participating in the popular two-day, 200-kilometre ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back to raise funds in support of vital lung health research, programs and clean air initiatives.
The ride took place on Sept. 8 and 9.
[F]ruitman is a member of Trek team Magellan, a team named after the Langley-based law firm he helped found. Team Magellan is one of the event’s top two fundraising teams and raised more than $13,000 this year alone. So far the 2012 event has raised more than $200,000, contributing to the $5.5 million raised during the event’s 28-year lifespan.
A quiet phenomenon which began more than two decades ago, the grassroots event has built up over time and serves as a reunion for many “trekkers” who return on average 10 times.
“Many people do the event year after year,” said BC Lung Association event organizer Kate Jarvis. “The event has a real family feel with less fanfare than other, bigger commercial fundraisers but with a lot of heart and soul. There is a true sense of community amongst participants, many of whom meethere once a year and share in the spirit of giving back.”
To participate, cyclists raised a minimum donation of $475 and in return, travelled a fully supported bike route from start to finish, with reststops, food to fuel the journey, fabulous scenery and a slew of fundraisingincentive prizes, including the chance to win a trip for two to Paris.
For more information or to make a donation in support of the BC Lung Association call 604-731-5864 or toll free at 1-800-665-5864 (outside Greater Vancouver), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bc.lung.ca.
Written and published in the Langley Advance on September 18/2012