Calgary high school hopes to raise $25K for Alberta Children's Hospital with bike-a-thon
The Diefenbaker Chiefs began their second annual bike-a-thon Friday at 8 a.m. and will bike until Saturday at 8 a.m.
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A group of Calgary high school students are biking for 24 hours straight with the goal of raising $25K for the Alberta Children's Hospital.
On Friday at 8 a.m. nearly 300 students from John G. Diefenbaker high school and other community members, making up 32 teams, began their second-annual bike-a-
All 32 teams are made up of
Catherine Wang-Albini, one of event's organizers, said she loves how the bike-a-
"Last year was more of seeing it come to life, but this year I knew it would get off the ground because of last year's success so our goal for this year was to make it bigger and incorporate more people," she said. "Which we did. The number of students participating doubled this year over last year."
The cause, Alberta Children's Hospital, is one that is close to home for the Diefenbaker Chief's, as one of their very own is this year's Alberta Children's Hospital Champion.
"Diefenbaker truly is a school that believes in the message of Kids Helping Kids," said Wang-Albini. "
Wang-Albini said she's personally had friends who have relied on the Alberta Children's Hospital and
"This is an amazing opportunity not only to raise funds for the Alberta Children's Hospital but it's a unifying force within the school," she said. "The hype has been huge and it's really brought the school together."
"He's been a long-standing patient at this point, so it's pretty neat to have that personal connection
Fraser said seeing the students participate in the fundraiser together is touching.
"We're all just really proud and hopeful for the future," she said. "You see these really positive young people doing something to build community and make the world a better place, which is just fantastic."
Of the 32 teams participating, one group has one teacher who is biking the entire 24 hours, Fraser said.
"His team name is the One Man Revolution," she said. "He's sure to be a little tired by the end."
To donate to the cause visit: www.childrenshospital.ab.ca/goto/2017RideOfTheChiefs