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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Students Wrap Up Inside Ride with Bike Race

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

This year's fundraiser brought in over $29,000 towards hospital parking

Secondary students from across Grey and Bruce gathered at OSDSS in Owen Sound yesterday to wrap up this year's Brendan Rourke Memorial Inside Ride.

The event was preceded by weeks of fundraising and came to a close when all the students participated in 10 minutes of cycling on stationary bikes. Students could be seen in outrageous outfits and costumes. Each student would ride for 10 minutes, the teams with the most spirit, furthest rode and best costumes would recieve prizes at the end.

Community leaders were also present such as Mayor Ian Boddy and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller. Bruce Power was also there and made a $12,500 donation to Childcan.

All donations go towards helping local families who are enduring childhood cancer pay for hospital parking.

Neal Rourke, father of Brendan Rourke, was excited that the event met a big milestone. "We met our initial goal of raising $200,000 in the event’s first eight years and that's thanks to the generosity of the residents of Grey and Bruce." Rourke stated.

Students were dancing and cheering all in support of their peers and those who struggle with childhood cancer. The inside ride was a staple event that both OSCVI and West Hill particpated in before the amalgamation of the two schools into OSDSS.  

For Rourke though the students drive the event further forward every year.

"The students this year are the cream of the crop. With them I think we can reach half a million in fundrasing within the next eight years." Rourke said.

Even the Owen Sound Police Department was taking part in the event. Solidifying the event as not just a student event, but one for the community.

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