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Jamaica by Bike Charity Ride makes mark with record participants

Wednesday, October 16, 2013    

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Jamaica by Bike has over 150 registered riders for the 21st annual Heroes Weekend Charity Ride, the highest number of participants for the 158-mile ride since its inception.

The ride, which will take place on Saturday, will see participants from across the island, as well as Cayman and the United States navigate the island's roads — crossing several parishes as they pedal from Kingston to Negril, with the aim of donating funds to the Friends of Mona Rehabilitation Centre.

The charitable efforts of the Jamaica by Bike Ride will be instrumental in purchasing a suction machine, an emergency trolley and a medicine trolley — all crucial equipment needed at the Rehabilitation Centre.

Dr Rory Dixon, Senior Medical Officer at the Mona Rehabilitation Centre, explained that medical equipment was critical for the many patients at the centre. "This equipment is important to our job as we work towards making our patients' quality of life better. As individuals, even though we feel energetic and healthy, our lives can change in an instant. When that happens, a place like this Rehabilitation Centre provides the assistance needed to get back on your feet.

"We have been fortunate to benefit from the Jamaica by Bike Charity Ride for a number of years, and we are very appreciative of their efforts," he added.

Toyota Jamaica on board for the second consecutive year

Martin Fong, one of the ride organisers, expressed gratitude for the sponsors of the event, without whom, he said, the event would not be as successful.

Tom Connor, Managing Director of Toyota Jamaica, announced that he was thrilled to be part of the ride for the second consecutive year -- providing much needed assistance in the actual staging of the event. "It's a wonderful event that sets people a target to train for, and it encourages more Jamaicans to get involved in this great sport. At the same time it's raising money for a very worthy cause. We see where there is an obvious need for assistance; and with that, we have come on board again to offer a helping hand. By doing so, we hope to assist with

saving and preserving the lives of patients at the Rehabilitation Centre," Connor said.

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