Rita Wittmann was a key contributor amongst the cyclists raising funds for a worthwhile cause over the Sept. 7-8 weekend.
The Langley resident joined 300 other cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers during the BC Lung Association's 29th Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath (Trek).
Trek is a two-day, 200-kilometre cycling fundraiser in support of vital lung health research, programs and clean air initiatives.
It was Rita's first time participating in the ride and she single handedly raised nearly $7,000 to support the BC Lung Association, making her this year's top individual fundraiser.
The event raised more than $200,000, thanks to donations from friends, family and coworkers. The total builds upon the $5.8 million previously raised by "Trekkers" during the event's 29 year lifespan.
BC Lung Association event organizer Kate Jarvis said, "The event has a real family feel with less fanfare than other, bigger commercial fundraisers but with a lot of heart and soul. It's a grassroots affair that has grown over time - and there is a true sense of community amongst participants, many of whom meet here once a year and share in the spirit of giving back."
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