Volunteers needed August 17 and 18 to help with MS Bike Ottawa to Cornwall

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CORNWALL — Now celebrating its 30th year, the PwC MS Bike – Ottawa to Cornwall is one of the most popular cycling events in eastern Ontario and it is fast approaching. It will take place August 17-18 and the Cornwall Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is looking for volunteers to help make it a big success once again.

With routes ranging from 80 and 205 kms, the MS Bike attracts more than 500 cyclists of all levels who come together for the event from Ottawa to Cornwall, all to raise money to support important programs and services, and fund ground-breaking research. When MS Bike participants gear up, they are taking a stand against MS and are supporting those affected by multiple sclerosis.

The Cornwall Chapter needs more than 50 people to help on one or both days with handing out rider numbers and T-shirts; loading and unloading the equipment truck; handing out prizes to the cyclists; preparing and serving food; and providing logistical support every step of the way.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our events, and we’re looking for about 50-75 people to help with MS Bike, especially in Cornwall and the communities along the route in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry,” says Kristin Harold, regional director for eastern Ontario. “We need help with everything from route signage and setting up rest stops to monitoring the route and even cheering the cyclists across the finish line. Our volunteers not only have a great time at the event, but also ensure that the event is successful in raising funds to help people in our community impacted by MS.”

The MS Bike starts at the Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe, continues along a scenic route through Marionville, Crylser, Finch, Long Sault and ends in Cornwall at the NAV Centre. Most participants stay overnight and return along a similar route the next day. To ensure a safe and enjoyable event, the entire course is also monitored by support-and-gear vehicles and bike mechanics, and rest stops are set up every 15 kilometre and stocked with beverages, fruit and high-energy bars.

This event is a great opportunity for individuals to volunteer and meet new people, but it’s also a fun way for sports teams, service clubs, workplaces and high school students needing volunteer hours to get together and give back to their community.

To volunteer for MS Bike, please contact Jessica Wallace, coordinator, fund development and administration, at 613-728-1583 ext. 3326, or email jessica.wallace@mssociety.ca. Online volunteer registration is also open at https://bit.ly/2KR325R.

About the MS Society of Canada

The MS Society of Canada is dedicated to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis by funding leading-edge research and improving the quality of life of those affected by the disease. The MS Society offers programs and services for people with MS and their families, and its affiliated MS Scientific Research Foundation is among the largest funders of MS research in the world. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or to learn more about the latest in MS research and programs in your area. Join the conversation and connect with the MS community online – find @MSSocietyCanada on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.

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