Hardy couple returns to benefit ride

PORT HARDY-Terry and Vera Smyth to pedal from Cowichan to Victoria this weekend in Boomer's Ride

A Port Hardy couple will join more than 90 cyclists this weekend in riding from Courtenay to Victoria in the sixth annual Boomer’s Legacy Ride.

Terry and Vera Smyth will undertake the 240-km ride in an effort to raise $5,000 for the Canadian charity.

Boomer’s Legacy, founded in memory of Canadian Army medic Cpl Andrew Eykelenboom, who was killed in Afghanistan, operates nationwide to fund humanitarian projects in areas where Canadian Forces are stationed.

To date, the annual bike rides have raised over $125,000 which has helped provide medical supplies, school equipment and education programs in Afghanistan and support for the Women and Children’s Shelter in Kosovo.

As well as raising money, the goal is also to raise awareness of the humanitarian work that Canadian Forces do and to honour those killed performing their duty. Each bike in the ride will carry the name and photograph of a fallen soldier.

The Smythes have been training for the ride since April and are looking forward to the challenge.

“Through Boomer’s Legacy our soldiers are making an important difference,” they said in written release. “We are privileged to join this ride and support this important cause.”

The Smythes participated in last year’s ride, raising more than $4,000 in the process, but this year they hope to top that figure. For that, they need your support.

 

To pledge a donation you can go to www.boomerslegacy.ca and select a rider, or you can contact Vera directly at 250-949-8756.