130 CANADIANS SET TO CYCLE FROM DIEPE TO JUNO BEACH
130 Canadians Set to Cycle from Dieppe To Juno Beach
Wounded Warriors Canada fundraiser honours the fallen and helps the living
May 29, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PARIS, FRANCE – Last September, registration for the 2019 Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride: Operation Overlord (BBR19) opened. The event sold out in less than six hours – with more than 100 Canadians from coast-to-coast registering in what was a flurry of activity and support. Additional spots were added and now, nine months later, the team has assembled in Paris to begin their week-long 600km cycling journey that will take them to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
Scott Maxwell, Wounded Warriors Canada Executive Director, commented, “Over the last nine months, our BBR19 participants have worked extremely hard to raise nearly $650,000 in support of our life-changing mental health programs benefiting Veterans, First Responders and their families. Our team is excited to be gathered together for the first time and, for the next seven days, will ride to honour the service and sacrifice paid by Canadians in the face of tyranny.”
BBR19: Operation Overlord builds on the life-changing experiences of the previous Battlefield Bike Rides as we celebrate, commemorate and reflect on Canada’s considerable contributions along the Normandy Coast in World War 2. The cycling begins on May 30th on the Beaches of Dieppe where our group will pause and reflect at the fate of the Canadians during the misnamed Operation Jubilee. The ride concludes at Juno Beach on June 6th – 75 years after Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy.
ABOUT WOUNDED WARRIORS CANADA:
Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health charity whose mission is to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families. Through its mental health programs, the organization has created an innovative approach to mental health that uses clinical best practices and evidence informed care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for individual members and families affected by Operational Stress Injuries.
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