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Palliative Care gearing up for Healing Cycle ride
Rachel DeBon rode for four hours and Terri Ulley joined in to raise money for Palliative Care on Thursday. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Submitted by Bonnie Bagnulo, program manager, Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative care is gearing up to participate in this year’s Healing Cycle ride fundraiser Sept. 15.

During the Healing Cycle Ride, the funds raised by palliative care teams like NOTL Palliative Care are directed back to their own specific organizations. These funds allow our organization to provide all five communities of NOTL — Old Town, Queenston, Virgil, St. Davids and Glendale — with free services, including: trained visiting volunteers who provide companionship and respite; equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, and commodes. We also have bereavement services, and multitudes of resources for seriously ill people.

One ride will take place in Mississauga, on Sunday, Sept. 15. This will be our seventh year our team of five riders will participate in the ride.

For the first year ever, a ride will also take place in NOTL, from St. Marks church in Old Town to St. Saviour’s church in Queenston, and back. The ride starts at 9 a.m.

Thanks to the generous donations from people in this community we hope to reach our goal of $15,000. 

As we prepare, it’s not too late to add your donation.

To donate, visit; find the “Donate to a Rider” button (top right of page), or find a friend who is riding and fill out a donation form. All cash and cheque donations will be collected and presented directly to the Niagara on the Lake Palliative Care Service. Donations of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt.

Anyone who needs help finding a rider to support can contact Tim Taylor at 905-468-2536, or by email at If you would like to participate, but don’t have a bicycle, Vino Velo in Virgil will lend you one. Just ask Taylor to arrange it.

For information about local palliative pare services, you can call 905-468-4433 or visit

On behalf of the Pedal Pushers, thank you to the community, and to the following major sponsors:

Mori Gardens

Simpson’s Pharmasave

Penner Building Centre

Hummel Properties

McGarr Realty

Vino Velo

Lead Mechanical

The Ukesters

The Epicurean

Stacey Wilson

St.Marks Church

Mama Mia’s Italian Eatery

The Pedal Pub

The Flying Saucer Restaurant

And Vince Kerrio