Friday, December 30, 2011

The Ride to Conquer Cancer: 6 Gabriola Islanders in training!

There are 6 Gabriola residents that are taking an amazing journey. We'll be participating in a two-day major cycling (over 200km) event called The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation. We've joined up with a team from Nanaimo called "Nanaimo Rides Again" and are aiming to raise over $100,000 between now and June 16 2012.
Already the experience has been amazing for me, I'm using this to experience to show my kids that you can make a difference and you can be the change. Many of you may know that my dad is battling terminal cancer, so this will be a very emotional journey, but I feel so supported by my family, friends and the community of Gabriola.

We have people joining us on training rides to keep our motivation up, Lesley Standerwick is helping us train, local businesses are supporting us and people chipping in any way they can.

We are planning a Beer & Burger night for the end of Feb, we're doing a bottle drive on Jan 6 (please let us know if you have any bottles to donate), and we'll be spinning in Nanaimo at Walmart on Jan 29 and at the Maple Sugar Festival on Feb 12. This is just the start of our fundraising activities, the more we raise the more we have to find the cure. Right now 2 out of 5 people will hear the words "you have cancer" in their lifetime, we need to change this for my family and for yours.

Please take a minute and visit our personal pages and if you'd like to donate online to either Tina or her husband Guy Parcher or one of the other riders, please do it today so that you can take advantage of the 100% tax deduction for your 2011 taxes, what a way to finish of the year!

submitted by: Tina Lynch

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ladysmith Christmas Lights Tour

Here's an opportunity to get in the Festive spirit and a day out with Elly Hallam and Jim Bangle of Chemainus Tours
Tuesday, December 20/2011 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Jim will bring the bus over and pick us up at 1:00 PM. We’ll take the 1:50 ferry and drive to Yellow Point where we’ll visit Yellow Point Cranberries Farm & Gift Store. This farm grows cranberries and sells them fresh as well as a variety of preserves.

Next we’ll proceed to Hazelwood Herb Farm for a cup of tea and a scone with samples of their yummy jams and jellies and a chance to see their array of herbal products from culinary to bath, skin, and hair care products, to an arthritis preparation, to pet care.

Next we’re off to Ladysmith to see their over 200,000 Christmas lights and hopefully we’ll have time to wander along Main Street poking into shops.
Now it’s time for dinner at the well-loved Crow & Gate Pub in Yellow Point before we catch the 7:20 ferry home.

Cost for the trip is $67; dinner extra; under 65’s pay passenger ticket on ferry. The coach can hold 24 passengers.