Inaugural Tour de Halton a landmark success

Posted: September 29, 2011

On September 24th, the inaugural Tour de Halton saw 150 riders participate in bike rides to raise $110,000 for the New Oakville Hospital.  This amount is the largest raised by a first time community event in the Oakville Hospital Foundation’s history. 

“We are thrilled that the community embraced Tour de Halton and made it such a fundraising success,” said Tina Triano, CEO of Oakville Hospital Foundation.  “Community events such as Tour de Halton play a critical role in the Foundation’s mission to equip our current hospital and the new state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open in 2015.”  

The event appealed to a range of riders with three routes offered: 100 km for the more serious riders, 50 km, and 25 km.  The 25 km route proved popular with families, with children as young as nine participating, while the 100 km route saw many corporate teams come out in matching jerseys.   

Starting from Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, the scenic routes went through Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills on a beautiful fall day.  And as the riders finished, they were welcomed back to Iroquois Ridge with a post-ride barbeque that included family activities such as bouncy castles, clowns, and a BMX bike demo by Joyride 150.  

The Tour de Halton was the idea of Jeff and Bonnie Flemington, Oakville Hospital Foundation Principle Gifts Committee members since 2010.  Together with their co-chair, Chris Hardy, they formed a committee and set to work to bring the first ever Tour de Halton to life. 

“This event resonated with the participants, many of whom were born, live or work in Oakville and the Halton region, as well as the health care professionals from the current hospital,” said Jeff Flemington, Chair of the Tour de Halton.  “It was a healthy event in our own backyard that brought the community together to support the medical equipment fundraising efforts for one of the largest suburban hospital construction projects in Canada.” 

Plans are already underway for the second Tour de Halton in fall 2012.