Thursday, July 07, 2005

Riding in July

I cannot believe the weather we're having so far this month. I guess I shouldn't complain as warm temperatures under a cloudy sky beat riding in the blazing sun. At least this way, I won't be adding to my farmer style tan.

I was able to benefit from taking the 'work' bike out for a bit today and hope to do the same tomorrow night weather permitting. I find it is a great way to meet people and it seems riding the bike makes me seem much more approachable to everyone instead of driving the patrol car. Summer is definitely upon Bowen as hordes of children were playing in Bowfest field this afternoon and numerous couples and families were exploring the many trails towards the waterfall/fish ladder and towards Killarney Lake.

I've had numerous comments made regarding last week's issue of the Undercurrent which saw nearly a full front page photo of Victoria, Bruce Russell and me at the Golf Course walkabout and a lot of interest seems to have been generated about the Cops for Cancer charity and its formal 'visit' to Bowen later this year.

While I let you know in my first post about the 'Tour de Coast' it seems our tour will be riding off the ferry in the late morning of September 29, making a few stops which will include Bowen Island Community School and then the lawn in front of Doc Morgan's Pub. Of course, the Golf Tournament is scheduled for the 15th of September and I'm looking forward to showcasing our community's civic-mindedness to people travelling here for the tournament from the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and the city.

It is shaping up to be a great event.

Back to issues of sitting in the saddle, I'm off to put a few more kilometres on my legs before darkness sets in.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Well it's been a hectic few weeks since my original post.

Let me get everyone up to speed.

Sunday June 26 was a blast! 85 people attended the public walk-a-bout of the Bowen Island golf course and heard the president of the golf association, Bruce Russell, myself and my buddy Victoria Fawkes talk about our partnership to raise money for Cops for Cancer. Victoria shone brightly and wowed the crowd with her poise and warmed their hearts with her telling of her experience of Camp Goodtimes.

With Victoria's speech being a tough act to follow, I strode up to the tee and let loose with a mighty swing. Thankfully, I didn't duff the ball and actually sent it down range.

With the support of the crowd on hand and others who sent donations in lieu of being able to attend the event, it appears the likelihood of raising approximately $4000.00 was accomplished.

Representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society who were on hand at the course were again blown away by this little island's generosity, saying they'd like to bottle Bowen's enthusiasm and use it in the city.

For pictures of Victoria, me and Bruce, you can check out our local paper, the Bowen Island Undercurrent at www.bowenislandundercurrent.com

Thank you to everyone who pledged my 'drive' and bought the blue 'Together Strong for Kids' wristbands.

If anybody is interested in getting a wristband, they are available at the Detachment and will soon be available at coffee houses and restaurants in Snug Cove.

Until later,

Mike