In its second year of existence Accu-Check Cyclebetes has launched an expanded and enhanced program raising money to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.Last weekend was the biggest fundraiser to date, a Spin-A-Thon at Rockridge Secondary in West Vancouver British Columbia. This was one of many such events spanning across the country getting people involved of all ages and walks of life. At this home event we were lucky enough to be able to participate alongside the Cyclebetes organizers and soloist/founder Willie Cromack.
With Norco being the official bike sponsor of Accu-Check Cyclebetes, we wanted to be involved not only in a sponsor role but also in a fundraising and awareness building aspect.To achieve this goal, 14 Norco employees/cycling enthusiasts came out to support a great cause. The Norco crew were split up onto a team of 10 riders and a second team of 4. Each team had someone riding for the full 24hr duration. Not only that, the bikes being ridden were equiped with cycle computers. The two teams together rode in excess of 1100km. In fact, the team of four themselves rode a total of more than 670km. That is an average speed of close to 30km per hour.
The school gymnasium housing the event was saturated with cyclists, positive energy and strong wills for the entire duration, but the greatest amount of work was completed outside the bannered Rockridge walls. It was the people that were not riding their bikes that contributed their hard earned money and managed to pool together more than $110,000. Not only did this total shatter the total raised in 2008 but also set an example of what can be done with a little hard work and perseverance. In an economic recessionhaving consumer confidence at record lows, 70 teams of riders were able to raise a substantial amount of money for a great cause.
Thank you to everyone that participated in a Spin-A-Thon or provided a donation to this great cause. With your help we can make Juvenile Diabetes history.