Volunteers Amarjit Dhadwar

Lofty goals in the fight against cancer

The grueling 400-kilometre ride this weekend will include the climb up the Coquihalla Highway and the Cascade mountains.

  • Jun. 16, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Three resilient volunteers spent 50 hours elevated 50 feet in the air raising $29,500 for cancer research.

Kerry Kunzli, Richard Gestle and Amarjit Dhadwar spent an entire weekend on a crane platform with Ride2Survive and the Hand On Back Community Services Society, benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society from June 10-12 at the Payal Business Centre in Surrey.

Ride2Survive, a non-profit volunteer organization based in B.C., is devoted to generating donations for the Canadian Cancer Society to assist in brain cancer research.

So far, they have raised more $500,000 for the 2015 calendar year, with donations going towards cancer research.

While the volunteers stayed aloft, on the ground, Sikandar Hayat, president of the BC Liberals Surrey-Newton Riding Association and co-founder of the Amazing Tutor’s Children’s Foundation, coordinating with Ken Usipiuk, Sunny Kainth and Vicki Kunzli, the co-ordinators of Ride2Survive team and other volunteers, helped to collect funds, coordinate traffic flow, decorate the area and entertain the public and men on the crane platform.

“We feel extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity by Ride2Survive to engage with the community in such an important way, and to get our students out and volunteering to aid research that will positively impact so many lives,” said Hayat.

“Here at Amazing Tutors Children’s Foundation, we believe that providing our students with positive and community based volunteer activities is an essential part of their development into responsible and capable citizens whom we hope will continue to impact their communities throughout their lives.”

The Ride2Survive team cycling event takes place June 18.

Cyclists will pedal from Kelowna starting at 3:30 a.m., making their way, with stops along the way, to 7919 Scott Road in North Delta at about 10:45 p.m.

The grueling 400-kilometre ride will include the climb up the Coquihalla Highway and the Cascade mountains.

For more information about the ride or to donate, visit www.ride2survive.ca

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