Friday, September 23, 2005

Greetings everyone, it has been a week of highs and lows and the important things in life are certainly in focus.

As you are likely aware, our inaugural Cops for Cancer golf tournament last Thursday was a smashing success, and while I don't have the exact total yet, it pleases me greatly to announce Bowen Island raised $20,000 that day. Tomorrow, I leave for Vancouver to start the Tour de Coast, a 600 km ride which will start in Whistler and make its way to Bowen on September 29th.

I'll have a friend, Amy Kerr who I used to lifeguard and teach swimming lessons with on my mind. Amy died on September 20th, age 30 years, leaving behind a beautiful 2 year old daughter and loving husband. Amy died of colon cancer. This disease doesn't discriminate.....women, children, our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. This is one reason I must be a part of this cause. I have to do something more than 'hope' for a cure.

I want to thank everybody for their support of my campaign to raise $10,000 for the charity, as you can see, we've done well against that total. My heartfelt thanks to everybody for helping in every way, whether donating money, their time, their support and words of encouragement, each and every person on this rock should be proud of how as a community we've rallied behind this cause.

As I slip in to my spandex tomorrow morning and take that first pedal-stroke, I'll be eagerly awaiting our team's arrival on Bowen on September 29th off the 10:00 ferry. I look forward to seeing everybody at BICS at 11:00 that day to present plaques of appreciation on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society.

See you in a few days,

Mike

Saturday, September 17, 2005

FORE!

Our Golf Tournament at the new Bowen Island Golf Course this past Thursday was fantastic. With everyone heading down in to the 'Cove' for the morning registration, a bite of breakfast at Doc's and some words from me and Bruce, everyone eventually headed out to the course for the noon shotgun start.

15 teams saw the official 'course' record set under the Texas Scramble format at 8 under par. The course is beautiful and received rave reviews from everyone that day.

After golf, we headed for dinner and an auction at the CNIB Lodge By the Sea where my buddy, Victoria Fawkes was waiting. Victoria said a few words about her experiences at Camp Goodtimes and how much fun Camp has been for her. The rest of the evening was spent auctioning off wonderful prizes donated by local businesses and artists.

We're still tallying the final numbers, I'll be certain to let everyone know how much Bowen Island raised for Cops for Cancer this year.

The Tour de Coast is only a week away and I'm getting excited to climb in to the saddle and start pedalling. We'll be making a stopover on Bowen on the 29th of September, riding off the 10:30 ferry. If you're anywhere near the cove, come on down and cheer our team of riders up the hill to BICS!

Thank you for your continued support ,

Mike