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Nov. 17, 2019 | Sunday
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NOTL cyclists pedal for palliative care
Pedal Pushers get ready to ride from Old Town to Queenston Saturday, in support of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service. The local effort raised $3,000. The ride was an extension of a larger provincewide cycling fundraiser held annually on the same weekend. (Kevin MacLean/Niagara Now)

Twenty NOTL-area cyclists created a peloton in support of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service on Saturday and raised $3,000 by completing the return ride from St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Old Town to St. Saviour’s in Queenston.

The ride was an extension of The Healing Cycle, a provincewide fundraising event for palliative care services, held annually in Mississauga. The provincial ride was held Sunday.

The extra ride was the brainchild of Rev. Willian Roberts, rector of St. Mark’s Church. “I wanted to ride to support palliative care, but I work on Sundays,” said Roberts. “It was a beautiful day and our small group enjoyed the ride and raising money for a great cause.”

“Next year, we’re hoping to include all in-town churches in the effort.”

The NOTL Community Palliative Care Service has been helping seriously ill residents and their caregivers in our community for over 30 years. About 25 trained visiting volunteers offer emotional support, compassionate listening, companionship and caregiver relief in patient’s homes and area long-term care facilities.

The organization lends crucial equipment, however long the need, and provides bereavement support services for up to a year following the loss of a loved one. All services are offered free of charge.

NOTL’s total support from both the provincial and local rides reached some $17,000, including donations from a record number of Niagara businesses and organizations, said Bonnie Bagnulo, program manager for the NOTL Community Palliative Care Service.

“That’s amazing,” Bagnulo said. “This support is so important for our ongoing operation.”

 For more information about NOTL palliative care services, go to    www.notlpc.com.

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