There were several events in the Capital Region this weekend, many raising money and awareness for incredibly important causes. The weather may not have been ideal, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from coming out and showing their support for causes close to their hearts.
From the Johnson MS Bike Tour and the Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad to the Walk for ALS, Albertans were busy this weekend.
Here are a few of the special events that took place June 11 and 12:
Johnson MS Bike Tour
More than 2,000 cyclists were set to pedal in Canada’s largest Johnson MS Bike Tour from Leduc to Camrose. The two-day, 180-kilometre road race helps fund programs and services for Albertans impacted by MS as well as ground-breaking research.
Global Edmonton’s Mike Sobel and Daintre Christensen took part.
Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad
The motorcycle ride included a poker run, lunch and prizes. The annual Ride for Dad helps raise money to fight prostate cancer in the community.
Global Edmonton’s Gord Steinke participated in this year’s event.
Walk for ALS
The Edmonton Walk for ALS rallies around those living with and affected by ALS and gives the community an opportunity to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
Of the funds raised, 60 per cent goes to client support services in Alberta and 40 per cent is allocated to national ALS research.
Global Edmonton station manager Tim Spelliscy was the emcee of the event, which raised more than $327,000 this year.
Relay for Life
The Relay for Life is more than just a walk to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer; it’s a journey.
In total, the Relay for Life raised more than $496.5 million for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Funds are used to support Canada’s most promising cancer research and support services for people with cancer and their families.
Mental Rescue 5K and 10K
A fun run highlights the importance of mental health.
Global Edmonton reporter/anchor Quinn Ohler took part.
Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes
Families, organizations and other groups register, raise funds and celebrate together on walk day.
The Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes brings together people touched by Type 1 Diabetes and raises critical funds for research.
More than 45,000 Canadians participated in walks at about 70 sites across Canada.
Global Edmonton reporter Erin Chalmers was this year’s emcee.