Phil Graham

Phil Graham

Vernon cyclist harvests tree support

Phil Graham will participate in the Stihl Tour des Trees this summer

Phil Graham, a Vernon utility arborist for B.C. Hydro, will cycle almost 1,000 kilometres from Niagara Falls to Toronto with the Stihl Tour des Trees this summer.

The event, now in its 22nd year, raises funds for the Canadian Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund.

“Originally, I rode to complete a bucket list item. Now, each year is the opportunity to ride with an amazing group of arboriculture lovers and to raise funds for TREE Fund research,” said Graham.

Graham is well on his way to raising the $3,500 minimum donation required to take part in the ride, which supports scientific research, education programs and scholarships administered by the TREE Fund.

To contribute to his fundraising efforts, visit http://stihltourdestrees.racepartner.com/2013-stihl-tour-des-trees/PGraham.

Last year’s tour travelled through northeast Oregon and raised $650,000.

“Each of our STIHL Tour des Trees cyclists dedicates months to training for the ride and fundraising for the TREE Fund,” said Janet Bornancin, foundation president.

“Their efforts benefit urban trees everywhere. While most people can’t match that commitment, a donation to a Tour rider’s fundraising campaign is a way to recognize that effort and support the continued health of the trees in your community.”

 

For more information, go to www.stihltourdestrees.org.

 

 

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