Bicycle riders from the Jewish community will assemble at Hillel Lodge on Sunday, September 25, 9 am, for the eighth annual Biking for Bubbies fundraiser in support of the Lodge. The riders will travel a 54-km route that will take them across the Ottawa River into Quebec and back again while having great fun and raising much-needed funds.
Among those taking part are Hillel Lodge residents Beverly-Ann Black, Andy Grosz and Morris Shapiro, who are participating on their exercise bikes at the Lodge.
Through their specialized exercise regimes and physiotherapy, the three residents have been keeping track of their mileage throughout the year, and will continue to do so up until the day of the fundraiser.
This is the sixth year that Shapiro has participated in Biking for Bubbies and the 93-year-old remains passionate and enthusiastic about the event.
“Last year, I rode 364 miles,” Shapiro said proudly.
Shapiro rides his exercise bike for 20 minutes each day and says he averages about one mile each time. Due to some complications with his heart earlier this year, his doctor told him to take it easier than usual, but Shapiro predicts he’ll reach 200 miles by the day of the fundraiser. Over the years, Shapiro has raised several thousand dollars for Hillel Lodge.
“I’d like to donate money, but I haven’t got the money to donate. So I do this to help out the Lodge and show my appreciation for the work they do,” he said.
Mitch Miller, director of fundraising at the Hillel Lodge Long-Term Care Foundation, said the goal this year is to raise $70,000.
“At the Lodge, we want to provide the best quality care possible, and the proceeds from Biking for Bubbies helps to ensure that we provide that care to our residents,” Miller said. “Every dollar raised is earmarked for priority needs.”
Visit https://www.hillel-ltc.com or call 613-728-3990 to register to ride in Biking for Bubbies or to make a donation in support of any of the riders taking part.