Submitted by Cycling Without Age Invermere
You have likely seen our Cycling Without Age trishaws out and about in recent weeks. After a year of being unable to give rides, our volunteers have been busy refreshing and retraining. We are very happy to offer the free rides once again to our seniors and those less abled within our community.
Although unable to offer rides in 2020, our organization successfully raised enough funding to purchase two new and improved trishaws. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, Lake Windermere and District Lions Club and the Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley, the new bikes are a great addition to the program. This funding, along with the past generous support from the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, Regional District of East Kootenay, Rotary Club of Invermere, Lake Windermere District Lions Club, Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley, Golden Life, Mount Nelson Place and Rockies Law Corporation has enabled us to build and maintain a viable quality `service to our community. The district of Invermere has been tremendously supportive since the inception of our program, something we are thankful for every day.
We were recently honored by the Rotary Club of Invermere as the 2020 Citizens of the Year. We are very humbled and appreciative of this recognition. Without the support of all the organizations mentioned above and the entire community, our program would not be a success. Of course, the biggest shout-out goes to all our great volunteers who always show up with a smiling face and positive attitude. They are the heart and soul of the program.
If you see the bikes out, give them a honk, a wave, or a thumbs up. Let’s welcome our passengers back out into the community after what has been a long, and for many, lonely period of isolation.
If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity that allows great flexibility, a lot of fun while getting a bit of exercise, and that has a positive impact on the community, we want to hear from you.