(Tracy Jirak did the Trek for Life and Breath benefitting the BC Lung Association Sept. 12 and 13. The 200-kilometre ride through the Fraser Valley raised about $200,000 this year.)
Tracey Jirak from Fort Langley joined some 300 cycling enthusiasts and volunteers to partake in the 31st annual BC Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath (Trek), a two-day, 200 km scenic ride in support of lung health.
A ride from White Rock, to Cultus Lake and back, Trek is a recreational ride, not a race, and the Association’s cornerstone fundraising event. Over the event’s 31-year history ‘Trekkers’ – as participants are affectionately known – have raised more than $6 million in support of clean air and lung health. Adding to that number is close to $200,000 raised in this year alone.
“This was my first time doing the Trek and I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Jirak, from Fort Langley. “What kept me motivated was the knowledge that my lungs were strong enough to carry me through, unlike the one in five British Columbians who struggle daily with breathing conditions which can make even taking a short walk very difficult. The homemade ice cream and other snacks at all the BC Lung Association supported rest stops also provided a little incentive. I’m so glad I pushed myself to finish and I cannot wait to do it all again next year.”
For information on how you can become part of Trek 2016, call the BC Lung Association toll free at 1-800-665-5864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BC Lung Association’s goal is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the association today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and environmental health.
A non-profit, non-governmental organization, the BC Lung Association is dedicated to improving lung health and promoting clean air initiatives across the province.
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Alf and Sandee Krause presented a donation for $5,000 to the society during the event.
Miniature muffins were a hit Sept. 12 during the opening of Church in the Valley, A Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church hosted a grand opening celebration weekend at its new location at 23589 Old Yale Rd.
The Cork and Keg showcase of beer, wine, spirits, and eats drew people to the Cascades Casino on Sept. 18. The Township Seven Vineyards Winery manager Jason Ocenas poured some red for visiting tasters. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)
The Cork and Keg showcase of beer, wine, spirits, and Beccie Bachmeier of Delta dropped by the Water Shed Café table to sample some of their bacon jam.