Cyclists at the 2018 Lake2Lake fundraiser. (Wellspring Foundation photo)

Ride for Rwanda races from Vernon to Eagle Bay and back for 10th year

The 10th annual Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda kicks off in Vernon Sept. 14

The 10th annual Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda doesn’t start for another few days, but already it’s raised more than $59,000 to give Rwandan teachers the tools they need to improve their classrooms.

The two-day bike ride will see participants travel from Vernon to Eagle Bay and back on Sept. 14 to 15 to raise awareness for the Wellspring Foundation for Education.

“This year we’re excited to host over 90 riders as well as our volunteer crew team and guests,” said Kristie Voth, public engagement co-ordinator for Wellspring.

“The youngest rider to ever ride was 11 years old. Our oldest rider (for the past several years) is now in his 70s.

“We love how this ride not only contributes to a great cause but draws a solid community of riders year after year.”

The ride’s fundraising page has raised a total of $59,537 of its $110,000 goal so far. Those interested in donating can choose a rider to support.

Cyclists are treated to a post-ride massage each day, as well as meals and accommodation at Eagle Bay Camp.

The Wellspring Foundation supports quality education in more than 124 Rwandan schools.

Over its previous nine years the Lake2Lake fundraiser has gathered more than $689,000 in donations for the foundation.

A ride route can be found on the Lake2Lake website.

Some key times for the ride:

Saturday, Sept. 14

• 8 to 10 a.m. at Vernon Christian School

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Little Mountain Field House, Salmon Arm

• 2 to 4 p.m. at Eagle Bay Camp

Sunday, Sept. 15

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Silver Creek Hall

• 1 to 4 p.m. at Vernon Christian School

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