Cyclists taking part in the inaugural Nova Scotia Boomer’s Legacy Century Ride in September 2011 leave Acadia University’s Raymond Field in Wolfville for the second leg of their 180-km journey from Greenwood to Halifax. - File
By Kirk Starratt
It’s a chance to help soldiers help others while honouring the memory of those lost on deployment. Boomer’s Legacy is holding its annual Nova Scotia Boomer’s Ride, a 181-kilometre fundraising ride from Greenwood to the top of Citadel Hill in Halifax on Sept. 14.
Departing from Canadian Forces Base Greenwood at 8 a.m., the challenging one-day ride winds through beautiful Valley communities and farmland before crossing to the south shore and finishing with a tough climb up to the top of Citadel Hill.
Boomer’s Legacy Foundation is a 100 per cent Canadian charitable organization created in 2006. The catalyst for its beginning was the death of Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, son of Maureen Eykelenboom, who was killed in action, in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan in August, 2006.
“Helping our soldiers help others, in the footsteps of fallen soldier Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, empowers our military members and honours our soldiers that have lost their lives on deployment,” said Boomer’s Legacy public relations spokesperson Sarah Wuntke.
Participating in or sponsoring a cyclist in the Boomer's Legacy Ride provides important and life-changing humanitarian relief efforts worldwide, with 100 per cent of funds going directly to those in need. Wuntke said your dollars also bring awareness and support to Canadian Forces personnel wherever they are deployed, enabling them to provide direct humanitarian assistance when they see a need.
In participating in this event, cyclists will experience an emotional journey of awareness, remembrance and hope. The goal this year is to raise over $10,000 collectively through the Nova Scotia Ride. Cyclists will commemorate the sacrifice of Canadian Forces fallen soldiers with photos and biographies of soldiers on their bicycles.
The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at CFB Greenwood at 7:45 a.m. A welcoming ceremony at the end of the Ride in Halifax will be held at the top of Citadel Hill at approximately 6:30 p.m. Spectators and well-wishers are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists along the course and members of the public are invited to attend the send-off and arrival ceremonies.
Since 2006, over $890,000 has been raised for Boomer’s Trust Fund. The funds raised have had a significant humanitarian impact. Some of the projects to-date include the provision of medical care, life-saving surgeries for children, clothing and shoes for orphaned children, funding of a midwife program, purchasing school supplies, and supporting a Women and Children’s Center.
Registration for the 2013 Nova Scotia Boomer’s Ride remains open at the website www.boomerslegacy.ca. The registration fee is $95, which includes a Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride jersey, meals, and logistical support and transportation. Visit the website for more information.