WINNIPEG — The wheels on the bike will go round and round starting today in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
The annual Big Bike campaign will consist of 29 riders and one driver who pedal through Winnipeg.
The ride will begin at the Manitoba legislature at 11 a.m. and head down Broadway towards Edmonton Street, turning right on Graham Avenue, right on Carlton Street and right on St. Mary Avenue before making a left on Memorial Boulevard and back to the legislature. The first leg of the ride will run until 2:30 p.m., with another planned for between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
First came Movember, then Decembeard, but the Festival du VoyageurBeard Growing Contest is on a whole other level.
Leading up to the 2015 festival in February, the 33rd annual scruffy contest will launch on December 18 at Garage Café in St. Boniface.
Festival du Voyageur is partnering with the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Berns and Black in order to offer participants the opportunity to take part in the unique competition while supporting a good cause.
Participants will be clean shaven at the event and let their beard grow until February 20. Categories include the Voyageur Beard (wild and woolly) and the Novelty category (groomed moustache or beard).
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is warning Winnipeggers to be wary of canvassers claiming to be collecting funds for the foundation.
Canvassers wear a volunteer button bearing the HSF logo and the current year. Canvassers also have Heart and Stroke receipt books with receipt numbers and the foundation’s charitable registration number.
Legitimate door-to-door collection will begin in February.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is wheeling out its Big Bike again on Tuesday as it reaches its million-dollar fundraiser goal.
With help from the Winnipeg Goldeyes, the bike will begin at Shaw Park at noon before winding through the Exchange District along Lombard, Rorie and Bannatyne. Riders will then travel north on Waterfront Drive before turning around and returning to the ball park.