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Friday, August 10, 2018

First Nation Joins Gran Fondo

Saugeen First Nation | by John Divinski  

Saugeen First Nation teams up with the Gran Fondo Lake Huron bike ride to provide a rest stop.

Saugeen First Nation has teamed up with the Gran Fondo Lake Huron bike ride to provide a rest stop for participants on the 160K route.

Chief Lester Anoquot says they're glad to take part by bridging cultures and communities on August 19th.

The Chief says Saugeen First Nation will start the day with a traditional Sunrise Ceremony for everyone at Pioneer Park in Southampton at 6:30am.

The community is also opening up the James Mason Memorial Culture and Recreation Centre as a rest stop for 160K bikers, providing refreshments served up by volunteers.

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Sally Kidson says she's grateful that the cyclists, taking part in the first ever event, will have the blessing of the people who lived on the land first and "are so willing to share it with us."

Kidson says to date they have almost 500 bikers for the Gran Fondo, and almost 70 of those will be taking advantage of the Saugeen First Nation rest stop as they take on the challenging 160K route.

There are three other routes of 30, 70 and 110K.

Kidson says all volunteers are pretty well in place and all events before and after the bike ride are shaping up.

The Gran Fondo is a fundraiser for the hospital foundation to help purchase medical equipment for the Southampton and Owen Sound facilities.

You can still register for the Gran Fondo at www.granfondolakehuron.ca  

The August 19th event starts and finishes in Southampton and will be capped off with a beachside picnic, entertainment and prizes for top fundraisers.


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