Jumpstart cyclists in Courtenay Thursday

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Pedal for Kids Cycling Tour will arrive in Courtenay this Thursday from Nanaimo.

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Pedal for Kids Cycling Tour will arrive in Courtenay this Thursday from Nanaimo.

Raising funds for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, riders will complete a 500-km ride in five days. Riders began the ride in Victoria and will finish their tour in Vancouver this Sunday. Other scheduled stops along the way include Campbell River, Powell River and Sechelt.

The tour, which includes Courtenay Canadian tire dealer Bert Heeringa, is scheduled to arrive Thursday at 6 p.m. at his Comox home.

A special presentation giving a Canadian Tire Jumpstart Kids Activity Kit will be made by Canadian Tire Jumpstart president Dan Thompson to Joanne Petersen, representing the Comox Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Each Canadian Tire Jumpstart Kids Activity Kit will include equipment that can be used indoors and outdoors and do not require specialized facilities, such as: basketballs, basketball nets, yoga mats, compasses and flags for orienteering, parachutes and juggling kits.

Launched in 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation by covering registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.

Named after its signature program, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is the name of the charitable organization that operates the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program and contributes to other community-based programs that give a boost to financially challenged families and children in Canada.

To donate to the campaign on Heeringa’s behalf, go to www.ctjumpstart.ca/personalPage.aspx?EventID=68546&LangPref=en-CA&RegistrationID=119093

— Canadian Tire

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