The Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation’s second-annual Gran Fondo, presented by Bruce Power, surpassed all expectations.
Tracy Murray, the foundation’s executive director, told participants at Southampton’s flagpole Aug.18 that the planning committee had hoped for 850 riders to come aboard, instead the event filled up with 1,000 participants. Better yet for the foundation, the fundraising goal of $150,000, was exceeded, with $170,000 raised.
“It does take a whole crew to put this on,” said Murray, noting the Town of Saugeen Shores, Saugeen First Nation and MultiSport Canada pitched in, as did a variety of sponsors and a number of businesses.
“Our biggest thank you goes to all of our volunteers,” said Murray, noting they took on tasks ranging from ensuring the event’s four cycling routes were safe to providing snacks and refreshments, and cheers, along the way.
During the awards presentation, event organizers paid tribute to the top individual fundraisers with John Harding collecting the most at $6,440, and top fundraising teams, with Tour de Friends earning the mondo Gran Fondo trophy with a $17,121 fundraising total.