Summer is drawing to an end, but there are still some great events to enjoy and causes to support in September.
Saturday, September 6th
RBC GranFondo Whistler – RBC Royal Bank – GranFondos are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are gaining momentum in North America. Loosely translated from Italian, Gran Fondo means “big ride”. These rides are often a hundred kilometres or more and designed for a large number of cyclists at a variety of skill levels – everyone from the competitive cyclist to the amateur enjoy these events. The rides are judged by the challenges they offer: steep climbs, long distances and a combination of the two. While these are not races, top finishers are often recognized. For more details visit their website: granfondowhistler.com
Saturday, September 20th
Organic Week – Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products. Find out about all the great local events across Canada on their website at organicweek.ca
Sunday, September 21st
Rhythm of Life Run at Burnaby Lake Park – The Burnaby Hospital – The Burnaby Hospital Healthy Heart Program is holding this run. All proceeds from the event will go directly to support the Healthy Heart Program at the Hospital and the FITT Cardiac programs in the community. To learn more, or to register, visit their website.
Run 4 Rett – The Ontario Rett Syndrome Association – This is the 10th anniversary of the event, held by the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association (O.R.S.A). O.R.S.A. is a charitable organization run by a volunteer board of directors made up of parents of children with Rett syndrome (RTT) and interested friends who have been drawn to the cause. O.R.S.A. exists to ensure that children and adults with RTT are enabled to achieve their full potential and enjoy the highest quality of life within their community. Rett syndrome is a devastating neurological condition that occurs in infancy and is almost exclusively in females. It affects one in every ten thousand live female births. Early developmental milestones appear normal, but between 6-18 months of age, there is a delay or regression particularly affecting speech, hand skills and gross motor skills. Medical issues encountered include gastrointestinal issues, breathing abnormalities, seizures, muscle stiffness, osteoporosis and scoliosis. Individuals with Rett syndrome require full time care by their family and can live long into adulthood. For more information on the syndrome, or ways you can help, visit their facebook page or website.
Thursday, September 25th
Banquet of Champions – BC Sports Hall of Fame – This gala will celebrate athletes crossing over all sports fields. From Olympic champions, national and international all-stars, inspirational coaches and mentors, pioneers, trailblazers and record setters, this year’s inductees are a varied group of motivational victors. The BC Sports Hall of Fame is an entertaining and educational experience. With the support of the funds raised from the gala the Hall is able to share its collection and stories of BC’s greatest moments in sport in school and communitites across the province, as well as support their Hero in You youth education programs. Learn more on their facebook page, or follow them on twitter @BCSportsHall.
Elks Recreational Children’s Camp Society of B.C. Annual Fundraiser – BC Elks of Canada – The society was founded in 1975 to provide camping facilities to children who might not otherwise get an opportunity to enjoy a camping experience. Each year the camps host more than four thousand children. These camps were originally designed to accommodate groups of children with special needs; however, due to high demand, the camps are now open to any organized group of children.