The 10th anniversary Boomer’s Legacy BC bike ride will depart from 19 Wing Comox on Saturday, June 10 for the final time. The fully supported two-day cycling experience – 240 km from the graveside of Cpl Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom in the Comox Valley to provincial parliament in Victoria – is to support Boomer’s Legacy by raising funds and awareness.

Each cyclist carries the biography of a fallen soldier on their cycling journey; many of the participants have provided humanitarian assistance at home or abroad, or are family members of fallen soldiers. The 2017 ride has been limited to 100 riders due to the interest generated as the final year of the supported ride format.

In the decade since the first Boomer’s Ride, hundreds of Canadians have found their place within Boomer’s Legacy, and over a million dollars has been raised to help men and women in uniform make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The goal of Boomer’s Legacy is to empower all members of the Canadian Armed Forces by raising charitable funds to help them to help others. When a member of the CAF is in a position to help people, either at home or deployed, Boomer’s Legacy can assist. Visit supportourtroops.ca to donate or to apply for assistance on a project.

BACKGROUND/ NOTES:

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Boomer’s Legacy BC bike ride, a self-supported ride from Port Hardy to Comox is being offered from June 6 to 8 for experienced cyclists who are looking to rise to the 500 km ride challenge. A small group will ride from the north island before meeting up with the main group in the Comox Valley for the journey Victoria. To learn more about the ride visit boomerslegacybc.ca.

More than a decade has passed since Cpl Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom died while serving as a medic in Afghanistan, and since then, over a million dollars has been raised in Canada to help soldiers help others. The BC bike ride – June 10 and 11 – has been main fundraising event for Boomer’s Legacy.

The foundation is now a fund under the Support Our Troops Program, an entity of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS).

Camille Douglas

Canadian Forces Newspaper Manager (19 Wing Comox) / Totem Times Newspaper camille.douglas@forces.gc.ca / Tel: 250-339-8211 ext 8752 Gestionnaire du journal des Forces canadiennes (19e Escadre Comox) / Journal Totem Times camille.douglas@forces.gc.ca / Tél: 250-339-8211 ext 8752, National Defence / Government of Canada Ministère de la Défense nationale / Gouvernement du Canada